March 6, 2014

Postseason High School Basketball Report

March 6, 2014 - Clinton Christian survived a fourth quarter rally from Riverdale Baptist (27-9) to capture the Capital Beltway Championship at Takoma Academy Sunday.

Early in the 1st quarter Riverdale jumped out to a 12-7 lead with a stingy defense holding Clinton's LeRoy Butts (Rutgers commit) into shooting (0-4) and dominating the boards. The second quarter saw Clinton outscore Riverdale 22-13 behind the play of guards Jon Davis and Byron Hawkins as the Eagles took a 35-29 lead at the half.

Hawkins (Towson recruit) continued his offensive assault in the third quarter scoring eight points as the Eagles took a 51-38 into the 4th quarter.

Riverdale came storming back outscoring Clinton 15-10 in a span of two minutes, but Davis (DePaul recruit) proved to be a steady and composed leader down the stretch hitting seven free throws.

"We played with urgency and our full court pressure made them turn it over in the last quarter but give them credit" said Riverdale head coach Lou Wilson. "They did a good job rebounding and we ran our offense, the shots just didn't fall. It's hard to beat a good team three times".

Coach Wilson described the call from the McDonald's Corporation and USA basketball.

"It was about 10pm. It was quite an honor to be considered and to be named the coach of the East squad at the McDonalds All American game to be played in Chicago April 3rd at the United Center. I am truly excited to a part of such an event".

Paul VI added another championship trophy to their case this season winning the Virginia State Private school title.

The Panthers defeated Potomac School (19-10) 62-44 in their opener behind Kevin Dorsey's 22 points. Joshua Reaves chipped in with 14.

Washington Catholic Athletic Association and neighborhood rival Bishop O'Connell (18-11) awaited the Panthers in the semi-finals. Reaves led the Panthers to a 52-38 win as he led all scorers with 14 points.

In the final the Panthers defeated Cape Henry Collegiate (26-3) 64-56.

Dorsey paced the Panthers with 17. Marcus Derrickson (G'Town commit) chipped in with 13 as the Panthers improved to 28-6 on the season.



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