"It's All About The Game"

Avengers attack depleted MCC Raptors






Ron Bailey, Publisher

ASA takes advantage of six man MCC side.

November 12, 2014 - Before their home date with ASA on Sunday, MCC Rockville head coach James Bryson faced challenges. Not only were his Raptors facing a talented and deep bunch from Brooklyn, NY, but were doing so without being at full strength.

"We're running with six players" shared Bryson before the game. "We're going to try and make it happen, see what's what, and play hard. Hopefully tomorrow we'll be able to get most of our troops back".

Gjaimeir Standford was active early on for ASA.

They were sorely needed versus ASA (2-0), who pressed and ran to a 96-53 landslide win. The victors are 2-0, while the loss was in MCC-Rockville's first game of the season (Saturday's opponent cancelled).

Raphael Jennings led the Raptors with 18 points, followed by Gjaimeir Standford's 17 and Chevy Brown's 15 points. Javonte Miles logged 12 points, while Davon Taylor finished with 11.

That all are guards except Miles is instructive; head coach's ASA Devonne Martinez threw constant pressure at MCC-Rockville, rotating his backcourt and deploying them aggressively in waves defensively - including via diamond-like press off makes - while also pushing the ball constantly on offense. The tactics helped produce their 59-23 halftime advantage.

Before the second half started, Martinez revealed "Definitely, definitely. I'm going to make sure these guys raise their energy, their level of play, in the second half" when asked if more of the same assault on both ends of the floor was to be expected.

MCC-Rockville was outscored in the second half, but by considerably less, 40-30. Due to a miscommunication, stats were not acquired for the Raptors, though guard Devin Shuler performed admirably, particularly as he was the primary ball handler in MCC-Rockville's six man roster.

The Raptors, who fell to Alleghany on Tuesday now stands0-2 and plays Delaware Tech next Monday at MCC-Takoma Park. ASA has travelled to Army, where it plays the Cadet's JV program tonight.


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