Fathers Day Saturday 3 Games- Recap
By Kendall Hilton, Fan-I Sports, Goodman League Staff Writer
It was in the air Saturday night Inside The Gates, a night that featured three games, one of which that went into triple overtime.
The first game of the evening was between Team Jay and A-Team. A-Team took the W, 42-41, The A-Team came back from down 16 to build a 8 point lead with 7 minutes remaining. Dontray Smith out of Eastern High, scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half. Tray did his best to put the A-Team up for good but Team Jay did what they had to do to keep regain the lead and keep it.
Cedrick Stewart aka O-Dogg, scored the last 6 points for Team Jay included two free throws with .6 remaining on the clock, giving Team Jay the lead for good.
O-Dogg and Tray both played in two games. Tray played in the following game with MD Jaguars against Team Taz, the triple overtime somewhat thriller. MD Jags was victorious 42-37, after the Team Taz couldn’t find a way to close them out in the 2nd overtime. KC West out of Springarn High, scored 4 points in the final overtime for the Jags, finishing with a team high of 15 points.
O-Dogg played in the primetime game with The Drew All-Stars against Geo Metro. Drew All-Stars went to defeat Geo-Metro, 47-38, in what commissioner Miles billed a rivalry game before tip off. Christian “Boo” Jackson led the Drew All-Stars to victory, scoring a game-high 17 points. It look like the plan was to work through Super Boo but both he and Coach Drew denied it.
“Whatever the defense give us we take it,” Boo said. “Last game it was Jimmy Black shooting long distance threes, this game it me using my size, they were a little small, so I just tried to find the mismatch inside.”
“It’s going go through Boo, Nate, Mal, take your pick” Coach Drew said.
Early in the game, Jimmy Black Jr. fed Boo on 5 straight possession and like most great point guards, barked out orders even without the ball in his hands, telling Boo “Don’t wait!” when he established position inside. You wouldn’t know that Black didn’t play with this team last season, but the addition seems to be big for the Drew All-Stars.
Black Jr. didn’t have a big night in the books, finishing with 11 points, but his presence was apparent. Phil Hawkins of Geo Metro – former two sport All-Met at Eastern High, currently attending Texas State – did a good job making it tough for Black Jr. Hawkins led Geo Metro with 15 points. He knocked down his first two three pointers and it look like Geo Metro were going to give the Drew All-Stars a run for their money but it got out of hand early.
Drew All-Stars build a 30-18 lead in the second half that gave them enough cushion for the rest of the game. Mal provided some big momentum when he had two big blocks on the same possession that stopped Geo Metro fastbreak opportunity.
“Mal is the best defensive player in Washington DC, hands down!” Super Boo said. The two players share the frontcourt and has been playing together for the last 9 years. Chemistry is the Drew All-Stars best attribute, even with a new point guard.
“People only see us down The Farms but we play everywhere. We play all winter, all spring, we just love to bump and we like brothers.” coach Drew said.
Geo Metro in their first season will look to get a W next Sunday against Geo Metro. Phil and his backcourt buddy Dishawn Bradshaw – point guard for the Baltimore Hawks – will make Geo Metro a top team in this league. Both players are too good and too skilled for them not to be a contender come playoff time.
As for the Drew All-Stars, they will step Inside The Gates, next Wednesday to take White Chocolate and his Mob. Stay Tuned!