Boys Varsity Basketball
|Fairfax High School||65|
|Lake Braddock Secondary School||80|
Friday, the Rebels returned home to the LIP (Laing Ice Palace) to continue on their treacherous journey through Patriot Conference regular season play. It was Senior Night, and the Rebels, all decked out in new, sleek-looking, black, blue and silver personalized uniforms, took on the Bruins of Lake Braddock High School. The Rebels had not matched up on the court with the Bruins since the 2nd round of the 1993 Northern Region tournament, which result was a 53-51 win for the good guys. Pre-game festivities honored the 4 seniors on the team - KC Colbert (aka Sunshine, the Maestro, Mr. Conductor), Jacquez Napper (aka Quez, the Twister), Kalvin Vannavong (aka Klein - Calvin Klein, get it?), and Aziz Abousam (aka Aziz, the Secretary of Defense, and vying to take over the title from the program's reining "Master Charge").
Once the game started I thought I was in the wrong venue. I was expecting to have a bird's eye view for a basketball game, but a track meet was going on. The Bruins came in averaging 88 points per game, while the Rebels came in giving up a measly 44 per game, so something had to give. Although the Rebels held the Bruins pretty well in check through the 1st 3 periods, Lake Braddock did dictate the tempo of the game. Fairfax didn't fare too well trying to keep up the frenetic pace, but did much better when they could calm down and play their own style.
It took a while for things to start clicking and the home team trailed 19-12 at the end of the 1st period. Twister uncoiled for 2 buckets, Osh Josh B'Gosh buried 1 of his distance specialties and Chase Ackerman got mauled twice while trying to reach scoredom but could only sink 1 of the 4 attempts. The Rebs found their bearings at the start of the 2nd period and when OJBG connected again, the game was all knotted at 19. But Braddock spurted again and grew the margin to 12, 35-23, by halftime. Aziz and KC both picked up their 2nd personals before the half and Coach B had to pull them as a precaution.
The Men in Black pulled out all the stops, and also tried to get more stops, once play resumed in the 3rd period. Ab-three made a loooonnnnng 3, Quez hit for 2 after a steal, Ackerman hit a bank shot to bring the Rebs within 40-46. Josh splashed again for 3 to make it 43-46. On the minus side, the fouls were really mounting up for the Rebels (they would ultimately incur 19 fouls in the 2nd half and 2 players fouled out). The Bruins missed the 2nd half of a 1-and-1 and then the 2nd half of a 2-shot foul. KC next bulled down the lane and kissed one off the glass to bring Fairfax within 45-48. The 3rd quarter ended with that score and the Rowdy Rooters were in full throat. But that would be the high water mark.
The Bruins' one-man scoring machine opened the 4th period on a personal 9-0 run and the Rebels just ran out of gas. The Bruins went to the line 18 times in the period, making 13, and outscored the Rebs 32-20 in the period. The final score was 80-65 and the Rebels dropped to 9-6 overall, 1-2 in the tough Patriot District.
Leading scorer for the Rebs tonight was Josh Abtew with 15, including 4 more three's on 7 attempts (he is currently on a streak of making 20 in the last 5 games). Peters followed with 13, making 5 of his 7 shots. Napper was even better than that, hitting all 5 of his attempts for his 10 points. Quez also recorded a career-high 6 steals. Sunshine had 4 steals and 5 assists and Aziz continues his climb toward the program benchmark in Coach B's favorite defensive statistic - blows absorbed via charging violations drawn on opponents, with 1 more. Oh yea, and when stoic Bobby K hit the floor for the last 2 minutes, he registered an offensive rebound, a steal and his first home basket of the season much to the adoration of the crowd. He even cracked a smile afterwards.
District play continues next week with a visit to South County. The team would appreciate your support. Let's praise again our senior players/leaders, and remember that they have a lot of hoopin' left.