Boys Varsity Basketball
|Fairfax High School||53|
|James Madison HS||54|
C'mon now, was that not one of the most exciting/fun games you've watched in a while? Only 1 thing could have made it better - you know what I'm talking about.
The young Rebels traveled north on Rt 123 and ventured into the nest of the Madison Warhawks, the defending 6A Northern Region champions, and acquitted themselves well, though not a single soul was satisfied with the bottom line result, a 1-point loss in overtime. Madison came out pretty hot to start, the Rebels not so much, and the Rebs trailed 17-9 at the end of the initial stanza. Daniel Mbangue scored 7 of those points, Ryan Pelczynski the other 2. But Coach B gave 'em a jolt in the 1 minute intermission and the men in gray started the 2nd period on a 10-0 blitz to go up 19-17. The points came from 2 3-peats from Josh Abtew, a Ryan P layup off a steal and a bucket in traffic by Ricky P. The rest of the period was back-and-forth, with Chase Ackerman tying the game at 24 and Daniel (a.k.a. "The M is Silent") notching a 3-point play to re-take the lead at 27-26. The half concluded with the score knotted at 27.
The 3rd period belonged to the Rebels, until they didn't know what to do with their new-found good fortune. Largely behind the efforts of Chuckerman, who had 7 points in the period, Fairfax led by 11 points at one juncture, but the Warhawks narrowed their deficit to 5, 35-40 by the quarter break and one began to wonder if the Rebel youngsters could hold their composure for the final 8 minutes. They grew the lead to 7 right out of the chute and for a while the teams exchanged buckets. But as the period dragged on the lead dropped to 6 and then to 4 and then to 2 before the Whawks tied it up at 49. Coach B called time with 30.8 ticks remaining but the youngsters turned the ball over while trying to hold for the last shot and now it was the homers' turn to call a TO, with now only 6.2 seconds remaining. The Rebels were whistled for a transgression with only 2.7 seconds remaining, but the Whawkers' point guard missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and when Abtew's desperation heave found nothing but nothing, the contest went to overtime. Having fun yet?
In the bonus round the home team's lead never got to more than 3 and when the MadMen missed their final 2 free throws with 0.5 seconds remaining,while clinging to a 54-53 lead, the Rebs had 1 last chance to take back what was rightfully theirs. But Colbert's three-quarters-court heave had no chance and the Rebs suffered their 1st defeat of the season, by a final score of 54-53. They showed some grit but they showed a lot of youth too.
Chackerman scored a game- and career-high 18 points, including 2-3 from outdoors and SilentSam hit for a career-high 12 points, accompanied by a career-high mark in rebounds with 9. Elsewhere statistically, Ricky Peters tied his still nascent (SAT word!) career marks with 8 boards and 4 assists, Chaser upped his career single-game carom mark to 7, Ryan "Buddy, can-you-spare-a-vowel" P had 4 thefts to up his career mark and Josh entered the program record books, tying for the 2nd most 3-point tries ever in one game, with 13. Unfortunately, he only made 2 of them. Now, the Colbert report: 6 boards, 5 steals (a new career mark) and 5 helpers, moving him into 6th place all-time in that category. I think every one of those guys would trade their marks for W though.
Since this is a school setting, here is an unannounced pop quiz: who was John Champe and why does he have a high school named after him? Extra credit question: where the heck is it?? Better find the answers by Friday or you'll miss the next game.