"It's All About The Game"

Blaine stepped up in thrilling 'W'






Ron Bailey, Publisher

After misses, Greg Blaine powers Chavez to win.


January 28, 2016 - When senior guard Greg Blaine missed two foul shots with 25 seconds remaining in regulation against IDEA (DC) last Thursday, Cesar Chavez (DC) blanked an opportunity to put away the visiting Timberwolves. Those missed kept the teams knotted at 67.

CC soon after managed a steal, and a missed shot by junior guard Kaleaf Tate at the buzzer saw the Eagles enter overtime with their visitors.

When it was all said and done four minutes later, CC prevailed 78-73.

Greg Blaine never stopped fighting.

Blaine was a key reason why; he scored the overtime period's team first bucket, a three pointer generated off curl action. The irrepressible competitor followed that with another three ball at the extra period's two minute mark, giving Chavez (17-7) an insurmountable four point lead. Blaine even added a layup with 47 seconds to go, bringing his point total to 18.

"I just kept my head in the game" said Blaine afterward, of responding so well after missing two possible game winning free throws. His coaches and teammates were heard encouraging him after the charity stripe clanks, knowing he would be needed later. "I have to thank my team for that support" added Blaine.

If Blaine took over late, Tate led Chavez throughout, dropping a game high 34 points. Fellow junior guard Jacob Long rounded out CC's Three Amigos attack, scoring 16 points.

The Eagles trailed consistently, being behind 67-57 late in the fourth quarter after IDEA senior forward Kierell Green's dunk with about three minutes to play in regulation.

Green led IDEA (13-13) with 23 points, while junior guard Tunde Scrivner and senior point man Justin Milstead scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Despite eventually going scoreless for around the last three minutes, IDEA had a prime chance for victory after Blaine's late free throw misses; instead of playing for the last, best shot, a long baseball pass was thrown, one intercepted by senior guard Mike Starks, doing an excellent free safety impersonation.

Recruiting Update:

Greg Blaine - 5'10", 160 pound senior guard, Cesar Chavez - Tough as nails, Blaine never gives up, on either side of the floor. Strong and aggressive, he can drive, pull up from deep, and find teammates. Is a battler.

Must become more of a pure point guard for college. Can make that adjustment.

No schools are recruiting Blaine, which is a head scratcher. Will make an excellent backcourt performer for a four year/JUCO institution.

Kierell Green - 6'8", 175 pound senior forward, IDEA - Virginia Union is close to offering Green, while Elizabeth City State, Claflin, East Stroudsburg and USC-Upstate have shown interest in him. Green is one of the most improved players since last season on the DMV hoops scene. Can rebound, hit the mid ranger, and finish. Will also attempt to protect the rim, particularly from the weak side.

Strength development is a need for Green, who understands that. Would be an excellent candidate for redshirt in college, after which he would be a performer.

Dexter Turner - 6'2", 156 pound senior point guard, IDEA - A pass first guy, Turner has a good feel for getting other players shots. He loves dishing.

What's been lacking is consistent scoring, as Turner has been known to turn down shots. That seems to be changing; against Chavez Turner scored eight points, including pulling up from deep. Recently he's been mixing his passing and offense well, thereby improving the impact of each.

Turner must continue to pull the trigger, and hit the weight room for college. D3 schools like Hood College have shown interest.

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