Boys Varsity Basketball
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After a 1-game homestand, the Rebels traveled to Annandale/Alexandria to participate in a tip-off tournament hosted by Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, affectionately known as TJHSST. Boy, does the place look different than the last time we were there for an old Liberty District match-up against the Colonials, school renovations having been completed in the interim. The Rebels faced the Titans of Dominion High School in Sterling, Va, having not played them since prior to when Coach Barbee took over the reins.
Scoring was hard to come by in the 1st period and the game was well into the 3rd or 4th minute before anything but the clock (and the personal foul counter) had to be utilized on the scoreboard and the Rebels trailed 7-6 at the end of the period. They got things going in the 2nd period though and for a while it looked like the Titans might get blanked for the quarter. In the end Fairfax outscored Dominion 13-3 in the quarter and took a 19-10 lead into the locker room. Josh Abtew notched 5 points in the period and Aziz "High and Tight" Abousam had 4. The Rebs shot 5-7 from 2-point range in the period.
Coming out of the break, Fairfax grew the lead to 15 at one juncture and then the turnover bugaboo bit again. Dominion drew to within 6 points during the 4th period as their shots began falling with a bit more regularity but the Rebs regained their composure, knocked down their final 4 free throws after having missed their previous 5 and came away with win #2 on the season, 54-44. Senior co-captain Jacquez Napper punctuated things with an old-fashioned 1980's era Houston Cougars Phi Slamma Jamma (you do remember them, right?) but both attempts at the new-fangled Ricky-jam went awry due to errant feed attempts.
Abtew scored a game-high 18 points and for the 2nd game in a row upped his career mark. Ricky Peters didn't let the lack of accuracy on lob passes deter him and hit 6 of his 10 field goal attempts for his 12 points. And well-rested (having missed the first contest) senior big guy KC Colbert made his presence felt with 8 rebounds, 10 assists, and 3 blocks. The 10 assists marked the 1st time since the 2004-05 season that any Rebels player has cracked double-digits in that category in a single contest. Way to go KC, keep setting the table. Daniel Mbangue led with 4 steals, while also gathering in 5 Titan misses, and Josh A, demonstrating his all-round game, boarded the bus for the return home wearing the "F chain" for defensive player of the game on account of taking 2 charges for the team.
Fairfax returns to TJHSST on Saturday for game 2 of the tourney and their first-ever game against Washington Math/Science/Technology Public Charter High School (how am I ever going to fit that in the scorebook? Guess I'll just call them WMSTPCHS). Hope I can recognize the building in the daylight. Come on out, it's way too early to be doing any Christmas shopping.