Boys Varsity Basketball
|Fairfax High School||40|
|WT Woodson High School||27|
History was made again tonight on the faux hardwood of Laing Fieldhouse. In the final game of the regular season, Fairfax hosted cross-town rival W. T. Woodson and for the first time ever (based on the fact that reliable information only goes back to the 1988-89 season), the Rebels beat the Cavaliers twice in one season. Once again, it wasn't pretty, but it still counted, and with the win Fairfax cemented their place as the number 3 finisher in the 6-team Patriot District. As such, the Rebs get to stay home for the 1st round of the District tournament and will host the West Springfield Spartans on Friday February 9. Final standings: 1) South County 9-1, 2) Lake Braddock 7-3, 3) US 6-4, 4) Woodson 4-6, 5) Robinson 4-6, 6) West Springfield 0-10.
Tonight, the Rebels were determined to finish out the schedule on a high note and to gain some momentum, not to mention also trying to locate their AWOL shooting touch, heading into the playoffs. Well, 2 outta 3 ain't bad. The Cavs controlled the tip-off and scored the first points of the game. But Chuckerman and Abthree countered to give Fairfax a 5-2 lead and they never trailed again. Jacquez did his best Chubby Checkers imitation (you know, "twistin, twistin, twistin the night away") and tapped one in right before the buzzer to give Fairfax a 12-7 lead at the end of the first period. Josh's 3-fer broke a 2-game, 14-attempts string of misses from distance as he looked to regain the magic touch before playoff time.
He registered again in the 2nd period but thereafter remained quiet for the rest of the game. KC jumped a Cavalier pass perfectly and went coast-to-coast to kiss one off the glass, though you know he really wanted to ram one home. The Chuckster knocked down a couple from mid-range and KC scored again out of a timeout just before the half when Coach B's carefully designed play broke down and KC was able to bull his way inside for the deuce. Even made the -and-one from the hack on his way to the rack. So the Rebs led 24-13 at the half.
The 3rd period was a 5-4 snooze-fest, but things got a bit more lively in the 4th as Fairfax won that period as well, 11-10. 40-27 was the final score. The Conductor led all scorers in the game with his 10 points (to go along with his 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals) and Chucker, Josh and Twisty backed him up with 9, 7 and 6 respectively. Wiki-petey didn't score but defended well and grabbed 5 rebounds. Mdaniel grabbed 4 misses and made both his free throws, while Ryan Pelczynski two-upped him by making all 4 of his free throw attempts. And as usual, Aziz played stellar defense, contributing to the Cavs' leading scorer tallying a mere 2 points on the night.
KC continues his rise up the Billboard charts. His 309 career assists place him 2 behind the no. 2 all-time helper, while his season total of 144 puts him in 4th place on that chart. Josh, meanwhile continues, albeit somewhat haltingly of late, to make inroads in the 3-point shooting category. His 52 makes this year and his 67 thus far in his not-quite-2-years-yet career put him in 3rd place and 5th place respectively in those categories, while his 223 career 3-point attempts total puts him in 4th place all-time, with 2+ seasons yet to play; his 175 attempts this season have him breathing down the neck of the current 3rd place holder.
As stated, the Rebs are at home in Laing Arena on Friday to kick off the post-season. With snow and ice in the forecast for Wednesday morning, school opened late and if Thursday's opening is impacted, Coach B has arranged a quick bus trip up to the Baltimore Aquarium so the guys can practice putting the ball in the ocean.
Everyone knows how tough it is to beat the same team thrice in a season and Sparty is not to be taken lightly. So start your weekend off with the Rebs and help root them into the semis and the resulting automatic ticket to the Region tournament that would come with a win on Friday. Thank you for the support.