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WISE 8 Day 1 and 2 Results






Ron Bailey, Publisher

First two days provide stellar hoops action.



March 21, 2010 - This evening brought to a close day two of the inaugural Washington Independent School Elite 8 Tournament. Designed to offer select independent schools in the Washington, DC area an opportunity to earn post season glory, WISE 8 boasts as participants KIMA (DC), Princeton Day (MD), William Doar (DC), Chavez (DC), Friendship Edison (DC), Don Bosco (MD), and Avalon (MD).

Below are game scores and reportss. Tomorrow's championship pitting Princeton Day and KIMA jumps off at 8pm. Consolation action - Chavez versus Friendship - starts when the clock reads 6pm EST. The site is still Galludet University's Model Secondary School.

Coaches from these programs have been present so far over the event's course: Indiana (Crean and assistant), Georgetown (Thompson), Maryland-Eastern Shore (Allen, Blaine, and another assistant), UMass (Jackson), Rice (Ben Braun and assistant), Niagara (Waheed), Delaware State (Walker), UCLA (Duncan), Chesapeake Community College.

First Day

KIMA 89 Avalon 54

Eugene McCrory (MVP) led KIMA with 21 points, while Juwann Neumann added 16 and Jon Arledge chipped in 10 points. All are seniors.

Avalon's Richard Tyaba scored 20 points and Lacey Smith dropped 18.

Friendship 98 William Doar 38

Junior Chaquez Talley led Doar with 14 points, and fellow third year guy Tarsiq Quassaim added 11, much of which was scored late.

Doar's Tarisq Quassim off the bounce.

Seniors Louis Bell (MVP), Kris Harris, and DaQuan Vaughn dropped 17, eight and 11 respectively for Friendship.

Chavez 55 Progressive 52

In the game of the day, Chavez' senior standout forward, Markee Mazyck (MVP) scored his 18th, 19th, and 20th points in grand fashion; the game knotted at 52, Macyck received an inbounds pass, dribbled past several defenders, and then pulled up from 25 feet, swishing a game winning jumper. The shot, released beautifully by the lefty, happened with less than a second remaining in regulation (he started his drive with 4.6 on the clock), and marked a comeback by Chavez from 17 down. The Galludet Model gym went into bedlam afterward, leaving all awestruck by what happened.

Chavez' post game jubilation.

Junior Malcolm Clarke scored 14 points for Chavez, while Progressive was paced by senior center Moses Abraham's 15. In large measure, coaches from UCLA, Georgetown and and Indiana were all present, focusing on him. His teammate, junior forward Ibrahima Djinde chipped in 10 points.

Audio Exclusive: Mazyck discusses 'The Play'

Princeton Day 73 Don Bosco 55

Stephan Manga (MVP) , a senior swingman, paced PDA with 15 points, while Eric McKnight, a fourth year forward, scored 12.

Chris Thomas of PDA guards a Bosco player.

Brian Kelly, a freshman guard scored 15 for Don Bosco, who also got 14 from Darious Mack.

Second Day2

Princeton Day 86 Chavez 78

Chavez again engaged in a furious comeback, trailing Princeton Day by 19 in the second half, but this time fell just short in a game marred by player and coach disqualification: Seniors Markee Mazyck (20 points) and Jermaine Powell (13 points) received five fouls, as did junior Malcolm Clarke (21 points). The team's head coach, Malcolm Battle and assistant, Charlie Harrison also departed, based upon a strange assessment of (and arcane rules governing) general and specific technical fouls. Nevertheless, the team got as close as four.

Chris Thomas (MVP) took control as his team needed it.

Princeton Day saw freshman phenom Chris Thomas score 23 points, while guard Issac Fullwood, Stephan Manga and Ryan Woodard, all seniors, drop 15, 11, and 13 respectively.

KIMA 82 Friendship 78 (OT)

Sunday's game of the day was an extra period thriller, one in which KIMA's ' senior guard, Jada Johnson (seven points) dribbled against 3/4 court man pressure, pulled up from 12 feet and scored, all within 5.2 seconds, forcing overtime. Up until that point the teams were in a nip and tuck affair.

Antoine Green earned MVP honors in a losing effort

In the bonus period, as they did to start the second half with the score tied, KIMA pounded the ball into senior Eugene McCrory (18 points). Fellow frontcourt guy, senior Jon Arledge (15 points) was also a force, as was senior guard Devon Martin (14 points).

Friendship got 28 points from senior Antoine Green (MVP), who was hot from the perimeter. Curtis Symonds (17 points) and Kris Harris (12 points), both soon to graduate, were all key performers.

Audio Exclusive: McCrory talks about the game and his recruitment.

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