2018  Washington DC HoopFest: Day 2 Wrap Up

By: Alvin Chapman

Edited By: Taylor Clark

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Rock Creek Christian Academy (MD) vs Cesar Chavez (DC)-The first contest of the game consisted of a lopsided victory in favor of Rock Creek Christian (RCCA) to a score of 93-53. The 26-3 Rock Creek team of last year was arguably one of the more competitive teams in the DC Metropolitan area, consisting of the DMVelite Player of the Year Jermaine Harris. This year, however, they faced a bit of a reloading period. Due to their previous head coach, Chris Cole, being given a new opportunity to coach at Bryant University, former Thurgood Marshall coach, Lafayette Dublin, assumed duties as head coach. Although very close early on, Rock Creek held Chavez to only six points in the 4th quarter compared to their 32. Starting guard Delonnie Hunt had a total of 18 points, shooting 50 percent from the field with 4 boards. Alongside him was MVP Guy Fauntleroy, who led all scorers with 21 points and 5 steals also shooting 70 percent from the field.

Other efforts included Milton Matthews, with 18 points shooting 83 percent behind the arch, and Chase Cooke with 14 points off the bench.

“Forcing them to turn the ball allowed us to take control of the game,” stated Coach Lafayette, having his ball club convert 32 of their 93 points scored off of turnovers. With a long schedule ahead of them, facing teams such as Sunrise Christian Academy, Oak Hill Academy, Woodrow Wilson and much more aggressive competition, Rock Creek Christian Academy still strives to be on top of the Capital Beltway League and many more standing in the area.

Archbishop Carroll (DC) vs Roman Catholic (PA)-In the matchup between the 2018 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) 6A champion, Roman Catholic and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference’s (WCAC) Archbishop Carroll was a tightrope act through the showing of four quarters. In Romans Catholic’s first game of the year, the team secured the victory to a score of 72-63. Penn State commit and MVP of this showing senior Seth Lundy led all scorers with 20 points and  9 rebounds. Alongside him was 4-star junior guard, and son of former Milwaukee Bucks guard Lynn Greer Jr, Lynn Greer III with 16 points, 8 dimes, shooting 67 percent from the field, St. Joe's Commit Hakim Hart with 15 points and the number one freshman power forward in the freshman class Jalen Duren, with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks in his first high school game off the bench.

“For his first high school game at this level and in this environment, I was very proud of him and I am very excited for him to grow,” said head coach Matthew Griffin.

His presence defensively was definitely known by blocking shots and cleaning up on the glass, having 7 out of his 8 shots being defensive rebounds. As Roman continues along with the weekend in the Hoopfest, they expect to face DeMatha Catholic the following Sunday for their second regular season game before heading back to Pennsylvania striving to protect their state championship title.

We’ve been doing this for about 12 years now and I like it,” said Stevens. “It’s important to engage the community to such talent while making sure these students get as much exposure as they can."

From Dec. 6-8, DeMatha Catholic High School held the 2018 ARS Washington DC HoopFest. This yearly invitational allows some of the best basketball talent in the nation to be showcased in one arena.

Hosted and ran by Mr. Keith Stevens of Separation Sports and Team Takeover, invited teams, from as far as Wisconsin, came to the DMV area to display their skills in front of reputable college scouts and exhilarating fans.

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Sunrise Christian Academy (KS) vs. Holy Spirit (GA)- In the showdown, Sunrise Christian Academy, a top ten school in the school in the country, and Holy Spirit, the team with the number four player in the country Anthony Edwards, faced off. In the night before, Holy Spirit defeated WCAC’s Archbishop Carroll to a score of 85-73. Edwards had an explosive night having, 41 points, 14 boards, shooting 54 percent from three, and 38 of his 41 points come in the second half. Although Edwards had a 27-point outing against SCA, Holy Spirit lost in a tough contest to a score of 65-53. Holy Spirit not once led the game and was down 16 points at halftime. Sunrise Christian was led behind senior forward Jordan Turner. The 6’6” Baylor-commit led all scorers with 30 points and collected 8 boards. 

DeMatha Catholic (MD) vs. IMG Academy (FL)- In the match-up which was anticipated since the announcing of the invitational between the host school and 2018 WCAC Champion, DeMatha Catholic and the star-studded athletic preparatory school in IMG Academy faced off. The sold-out contest was a dog match, which showed sparks of greatness and natural talent. Early on, Dematha held control of the game having a lead as big as 12. Junior guard Earl Timberlake at the half led all scorers with 11 points, shooting 57 percent from the field while DeMatha Catholic led 37-34. With a tight game through three quarters, IMG went on a 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter. Their explosive entrance out the last quarter gave them control during the duration of the game giving the 75-68 win over DeMatha Catholic. IMG dominated Dematha on the glass having both Armando Bacot and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl to have 13 boards apiece. Robison-Earl was the high man having a double-double with 26 points along with 13 rebounds. DMV native and 2018 EYBL Peach Jam Champion/MVP, Armando Bacot also had a double-double in his first game back in the area. Ironically, not only was this Armando first game back but it was the first time and possibly only time he would get a chance to play against some of his EYBL Championship teammates Justin Moore, Hunter Dickerson, and Jahmir Young.

 

St. John’s ( DC) vs Nicolet (WI)- The Nicolet nail-biting victory over the St. John’s College High School was almost one of the most thrilling comeback victories of the entire Hoopfest. Jalen Johnson, 6’8” small forward out of Wisconsin, lead his team to a 62-60 victory over St. Johns. The number four player in the nation for the class of 2020 and number one small-forward had a near quadruple-double in points (28), assist (8), rebounds (15), and ironically turnovers (10). Six out of ten of Johnson’s turnovers came in the second half when St. Johns sort of switched gears defensively behind two-way guard Casey Morsell. The Virginia commit led his team in points with 24 and 5 steals (4 in the 2nd half). Morsell later hit two back-to-back daggers to cut a once 15 point lead to two. With thirteen seconds winding down, Morsell pump faked for a clean look for three and rims out the back iron to end the game.

”Paul VI (VA) vs Montverde Academy (FL)- Despite injuries of the stellar Paul VI backcourt in Virginia Tech-commit Anthony Harris and two time USA Gold Medalist Jeremy Roach--who both tore their ACLs, the 2018 VISSA State Champion team were still expected to compete at a high level against the 2018 Geico High School National Champion team, Montverde Academy. The team who holds the long winning streak was on the verge of losing it early on trailing by as much as 16 in the first half. Junior guard Josiah Freeman was responsible for 67 percent of Paul VI points in the first half, scoring 20 points being 71 percent from three. Early on it seemed as if Paul VI was going to be the team to end the Montverde Academy’s nearly year-long winning streak. Suddenly, Montverde Academy broke out the second with a 7-0 run. Although Paul VI made a slight push in the 4th, unfortunately, they fell to Montverde, 57-50.  Senior guard Harlond Beverly was crowned the game’s MVP having a total of 20 points and four steals, making this a perfect game from the field. Going forward, Paul VI will have freshman guard Knasir “Dug” McDaniel starting at the one. As for Montverde Academy, the next contest for them will be playing in the “Iolani Classic” in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

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