Boys Varsity Basketball
|Fairfax High School||40|
|South Lakes HS||50|
Despite what it may have appeared like, something pretty rare occurred tonight. I know you're familiar with the expression "Once in a blue moon." But do you know what it really means? Your assignment for tonight is to look that up. And I bring it up because you would have to go back more than 3 blue moons ago to find a night when the Rebels, historically not such great shooters from the free throw line, shot worse than tonight's woeful 4-15 (26.7%). That wasn't the only reason they lost tonight, but it sure didn't help things.
Fairfax took to the road once again (5th game in a row away from the icy confines) to test wills against the high-flying Seahawks from South Lakes High School in Reston. Last time the 2 teams met, the Rebs knocked the Hawks out of the District tourney in the 1st round, thus ending their season, and you know that was on the minds' of this year's unbeaten squad. SL came out of the chute quickly and led 13-5 at the 1st break. The Rebs calmed down in the 2nd period and played 'em even in the period, 12-12, to go into the half trailing by 8. Would have been 9 but for the scorekeeping duo bringing to the officials' attention that they had mistakenly awarded 2 free throws to the Seahawks on the Rebels 9th foul of the half, a not-in-the-act-of-shooting foul. Shoulda been a one-and-one situation. And since the player missed the first but made the second, when the book-minders finally got the refs' attention, they took the point off the board. Credit the cooperation between the home and the visiting books. Daniel Mbangue tallied 6 points in the period to help keep the 'Hawks tail feathers in sight.
Fairfax quickly lost ground in the 3rd period though, trailing by 15 by the end. But these guys play hard no matter what and they narrowed the gap to 6 points on several occasions in the 4th period. But they couldn't sustain the comeback against the quicksilver opponents and ultimately succumbed by a final score of 50-40, thereby dropping the season's ledger to 3-3.
Mbangue was the only double-digit scorer for the Rebels, totaling a career-high 18. Colbert led the way on the glass with 8 and Peters had 6. Young Josh Abtew, although mired in a horrendous shooting slump, continues to show that he can play defense as well, negating two opponent's potential credit transactions by taking the charges upon himself.
Finally the Rebels will enjoy the home court once again this Friday, taking on 3-time state 6A football champions, the Westfield Bulldogs, whose basketball players are not exactly slouches themselves. I know you're feeling guilty about not putting the tree up yet (mine's been soaking in a bucket of now-frozen water on the front porch for days now), but here's a valid excuse to put it off for another day. So come check out the squad and help will them to a win. Hey, it's a really short drive! C U later.