Boys Varsity Basketball
|Fairfax High School||62|
|Washington Math Science Technology PCHS||13|
This game was effectively over in less time than it took to say the opponent's name. In a predetermined match-up in the 2nd round of the TJHSST Tipoff Tournament, Fairfax High School took on the Panthers of Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter High School out of N.E. Washington, D.C., affectionately known as WMSTPCHS. But they couldn't fit all that on the jerseys of the slim high-schoolers so the unis simply said WMST. On second thought, let's just call 'em the Panthers. Anyways, the Rebels won the opening tip and from there it was off to the races, no matter that the recipient of that hot tip missed the resulting slam-a-roo attempt. En route to a 62-13 victory, the Rebs set 2 team defensive records, holding the Panthers scoreless in the 3rd period (albeit with the help of a rules-mandated running clock for the entire 2nd half of the contest) and allowing the fewest points for a whole game in program history.
After a 13-0 run to start the contest, the score was 30-4 at the end of the first period, by which time the Panthers had already committed 11 team fouls. Those circumstances allowed Coach B and staff to substitute freely, and by halftime every player on the roster had played significant minutes and 10 of the 13 had scored. By game's end, all but one had scored at least 2 points and that 13th player, junior Mazin Falkenbury, had contributed a career-high 3 rebounds. Every player ended up playing double-digit minutes.
KC led the Sunshine Band (also a reference to the fact that sunlight was streaming in through the windows over top of one of the baskets, making it difficult to see the hoop when attacking in that direction - could that be why the afore-unmentioned Chase Ackerman missed the opening act dunk attempt?) with 9 points, matched by the career-high-setting total of soph Ryan Pelczynski. Aziz Abousam canned both of his 3-point attempts in the 1st period, including one right before the claxon sounded, and also earned the F-Chain award for his two charge transactions. He only could wear the chain imaginatively though because previous winner, youngster Josh Abtew, forgot to bring it with him, thinking he had retired the award. KC also led the squad with 5 assists and tied Ricky McFly, who thus far is a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line on the season, for the game-high with 3 steals. Following his early-game jitters, Chuckerman hit 4 of his final 6 shots for his 8 points and led the squad with 4 rebounds. Juniors Bobby Kestyn and Damon Williams, along with sophomore Christian Lewis, all scored their first points of the season.
Now that the Georgetown-pre-Big-East-conference-game-like portion of the schedule (a big factor in how the Rebs are off to their first 3-0 start since the 2005-06 squad opened 6-0) is over, Coach Barbee and staff said the guys gotta really get after it in practice starting next week. A tough 3-game road trip looms, starting with a Tuesday tilt versus the defending Northern Region 6A champions, the Madison Warhawks. That is not a friendly place to play, so the fellas would appreciate your support. After all, it's still waaaay to early to worry about that holiday shopping. Thanks for the support.