Boys Varsity Basketball
|Fairfax High School||49|
|John Champe HS||56|
Boy, Aldie (reminds me of my junior league baseball coach back in the late 60's who used to say "all-de-body (his word for everybody, get it/) gonna play today when we got a big lead) got a lot newer in the last 30 years or so. Fairfax took a long bus ride on Friday night and traveled there to take on the Knights of John Champe High School, the first time the 2 schools have ever met in any sort of competition. And truth be told, the Rebels let a victory slip from their grasp for the 2nd game in a row.
Playing in a very brightly lit, spacious gym at the 5-year-old Loudoun County school named after a Revolutionary War sergeant and double agent involved in trying to capture the traitorous Benedict Arnold and who grew up in the Aldie area long before Aldie grew up, Fairfax played their game in the first half, leading 14-7 at the quarter and 26-18 at the half. Youngster Ricky Peters had 12 points in the half, Mbangue Mbanged home a 3-pointer and the Chuckerman knocked down a couple from mid-range.
But in the 2nd half, the squad got tentative, didn't execute Coach B's sets properly and played more like the sophomores that many of them are. They shot 2-8 from 3-point range (1 being a meaningless, uncontested fling at the final horn that found paydirt) and only got to the free throw line twice in the whole 2nd half. Still, they led 40-37 at the end of the 3rd. The Knights made the first two buckets of the 4th period to go up 41-40, Peters tallied again to take the lead back, 42-41. Champe countered again, and so did Ricky; 44-43 Rebs. But that was their last lead as the home team went on a 13-2 run to go up 56-46 before the Rebels final afterthought brought the final score to 56-49. The record drops to 3-2, with another tough road game against Liberty Conference 6 favorite South Lakes on Tuesday. Tough stretch for the men in gray.
Ricky P set a new career high with his game-leading 19 points and also had 5 steals. KC had 5 steals as well, while assisting on half of the teams' 14 2-pointers. Ryan P brought great energy during his brief time on the court and also managed to pierce the Knights' shining armor 4 times to come up with the rock. All told, Fairfax came away with 22 steals but didn't convert on nearly enough of them to rack up a win. Doesn't mean they will stop trying though. So come to Reston on Tuesday, take a gander at Grant Hill's recently retired jersey and woot for the Webels. After all, who does Christmas shopping on a Tuesday night anyways, right?