Boys Varsity Basketball
|Fairfax High School||41|
|Forest Park High School||54|
Coach Barbee is a smart guy but you can tell he does not adhere to the Georgetown philosophy of pre-conference-play scheduling. The Rebels took on the Bruins of Forest Park High School (the first time the teams have ever met) in the last game of the day in the opening round of the 2017 Farrish Subaru Rebel Round Ball Classic and there were no cupcakes to be found, except perhaps in the hospitality room. More like a buzz saw.
The deep and athletic Bruins, based out of Woodbridge, VA, scored the 1st 6 points of the game and zoomed out to an 11-1 lead in the first 2:06 of the contest. The sage Coach B had to intercede at that juncture, interrupting the flow with a full time out. His sagacity worked, temporarily at least, for the Rebels went on a 9-0 run of their own to get within 1 at 10-11 before finishing the period down 12-15. Five players scored for Fairfax, led by Chase Ackerman with 5 points. But the Rebs already had 7 team fouls by the end of the period and thus far Coach B hasn't found a scheme to overcome that issue.
The Bruins quickly re-took control of the game once the 2nd period began, outscoring the Rebels by 8 in the period and took a 32-21 lead into the locker room. They didn't need but about 4 or 5 minutes in there and while the Rebs hit a few shots from outside, most notably sophomore Josh Abtew, who splashed all 3 of threebie tries, Fairfax continued to fall farther behind in the 3rd period, as they could hardly get near the basket for interior attempts, let alone points. The head wise man, realizing the inevitable, made wholesale substitutions with more than 3 minutes remaining in the game and thus did junior Mazin Falkenbury coax in his first bucket of the season.
Abtew led the way for the homies with a game- and career-high 19 points, tying his career high with 4 made three-ers. Hackerman took a pounding inside, though not so much in the opinion of the officiating crew, and was next high scorer with 8 points and was 2nd on the squad with 5 corralled misses. KC had some good looks from outdoors, but that's all they were, as he failed on all 6 of his attempts. As usual though, he contributed in many other facets, leading the team with 8 rebounds, 4 assists and a career-high 4 blocks.
Since there is no such thing as a loser in our country any more, the Rebels have to set their phones to go off pretty early, at least for a vacation day, for their 10:45 a.m. game against fellow non-winner Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in the "consolation" bracket. You weren't planning to work a full day on Thursday were you? Now you have a valid reason to give the boss. The Rebs need your support cuz the Wooters ain't gonna be up yet. See you there.