Boys Varsity Basketball
|Fairfax High School||28|
|South County HS||33|
Truth be told, the Rebels let one get away tonight. They took a long bus ride to the Lorton area of Fairfax County to take on the Stallions of South County High School for the 1st time in 12 seasons and only the 2nd time ever. Over the last few weeks the highly-touted Stallions had hit a rough patch and fallen out of the Washington Post's weekly rankings and would be looking to get back to early-season form. The Rebels have hit a rough patch as well and the guys were hungry to get back in the win column.
Fairfax conceded the opening tip and went immediately to a press in the backcourt to set the stage for how the game would go. In the first 2 periods, the defense was aggressive and the offense was patient. Both were reflected in the score, as Fairfax led 15-11 at the break. Despite the low score, it was definitely not a boring game. Mbangue hit a 3-pointer in the 2nd period, Ackerman hit a pair of buckets in the 1st, and Witttle Wicky, he of slight but wiry build, was doing his best to defend the Stallions' 6'10" big man, holding him, with help from his teammates of course, to 3 points in the half. Uncharacteristically, the Rebels committed a mere 4 personal fouls in the half, though Wicky had 2 of them. And, foretellingly, the execution on a couple of set plays at the end of each period fell apart and the Rebs had nothing to show for those 2 possibilities.
The Stallions' big man assumed control of the game right out of the locker room break. His 2nd basket of the period gave his team the lead at 18-17 and by the time the horn sounded, the Stallions had gone out to a 7-point lead, 28-21. The Rebels weren't playing badly, but the shots just would not fall. The Rebels produced a mere 3 buckets in the 3rd period, and none of them counted for more than 2 points. But on days when the shots aren't falling, a team's gotta find another way to win. So in the final period, the Rebs re-emphasized their D and held the Stallions without a basket for the entire period! Unfortunately, FHS returned to its hacking days and their 9 team files in the 2nd half, committing a total of 9 team fouls, which in turn sent South County to the line 9 times in the 4th period. They made only 5 of their attempts, but the Rebels, despite getting to within 1 point at 28-29 late in the period off of Josh-byGosh's only 3-ball of the evening, could not take advantage. All the while, when the Rebels did manage to snag a deuce or a triple from time to time, there was a good chance that the Maestro had threaded the needle and fed the shooter right in the hands for an assist. The Rebels made only 12 baskets all night, but, amazingly, KC assisted on 8 of them. Still, the only thing that mattered to the mighty Casey was the33-28 loss, putting the Rebels down to 1-3 in District, 9-7 overall.
Ricky and Daniel tied for the team scoring lead with 7, closely followed by Abtew with 5. Josh had probably the worst shooting night of his life, managing only 1 success out of his 11 3-point attempts. On the other hand, MDaniel made good on all 3 of his attempts and snagged 5 rebounds just for good measure, Along with his helpers, Colbert also reported 8 rebounds and 2 snatches.
Does it seem like we've been on the road for along time? Well, Friday, the boys hit the road again, though this time they remain within City limits. Friday night? Big, enthusiastic, witty student body sections? LOUD? Defending State Champions? Coach B's alma mater? You won't find a better atmosphere all year long. Some get to Woodson early on Friday if you wanna get a seat. And I'll see you there.