"It's All About The Game"

Battle of 295 overpass split






Ron Bailey, Publisher

NE DC battle extended to girls and boys.


January 20, 2014 - Prior to Thursday night's Cesar Chavez (DC) at Friendship Collegiate Academy (DC) tilt, Chavez' head coach Malcolm Battle summed the Northeast, DC rivalry as "It's the Battle of the 295 Overpass. It's a great environment. You have the band, crowd and neighboring schools. It's intense, but not malicious. It takes you back games of the 80's".

Battle was spot on, as FCA was indeed packed and rocking for the boy's and preceding girl's game. The Knights fared better with the ladies, winning, but the fellas fell 75-60.

Lorenzo Dorsey on the move.

The guy's game was choppy early, each team using presses and a smaller court conspiring to make it so. It wasn't until after intermission did any team distance itself, with Chavez using a spread offensive set to carve up FCA, and on defense speed the Knights up with pressing and trapping.

Chavez's Eagles would lead by close to 20 before the final buzzer.

Senior Chavez wing Chris Baez led all scorers with 19 points and boarders, pulling down 14, while the Thompson brothers, both senior guards, chipped in 15 (Tristan) and seven (Tyler). Freshman guard Kaleaf Tate finished with 10 points.

The Eagles are 10-6 overall, 1-0 in DC Charter School League play. Friendship Collegiate stands 10-6.

FCA got 12 points from senior guard Antyon Henson, and were led in scoring by senior guard DeJuan Mitchell's 13. Senior wing Lorenzo Dorsey contributed 10 points.

The girl's battle was much more exciting, as the Knights prevailed in overtime 66-55. Sophomore guard Kieche White dropped 31 points, 18 from free throw. She virtually got into the paint at will.

Chavez got 25 points from junior guard Natasha Lowe, on five regular shots, six free throws and three long balls. Her most important three-pointer came in dramatic fashion: Trailing by three with under 10 seconds remaining, Lowe dribbled down court heavily guarded, pulled up from beyond the arc, got the shot blocked, recovered the rock, and let a shot fly with one second remaining, still under duress. It swished through, making the scoreboard read 50 all and forcing overtime.

White et al dominated the extra period, where she routinely got to the rim for scores or foul opportunities. Her team is 9-4 overall, 3-0 in Charter School play. Chavez stands 6-1 and 2-1.

February 4th's rematch of these schools stands as a must see.

Staff Note:

Hats off to Delester Monk III and Tyler Moore, FCA's scoring table officials. These student s handled clock administration (Monk) and scorebook management (Moore) with aplomb, in a pressure packed environment.

Player Notes:

Natasha Lowe - 5'6" junior guard, Chavez - Lowe can score, particularly by spotting up or driving. Must develop her left hand dribbling- FCA sat on it all night long. She knows this, saying "I'm going to tie my right hand behind my back" during workouts. Lowe also plans to "work on pulling up".
Delaware State, Livingstone and UMBC have shown interest so far.

Kieche White - 5'4", sophomore guard, FCA - This young lady is full of promise, as she easily gets to the rim, where she finishes on both sides of the basket. Has great first and jump step.

Needs to work on conditioning for the next level, and show she's comfortable hitting spot and pull ups.
Indicated many schools, including many big names, are showing interest.

Lorenzo Dorsey - 6'2", 185 pound guard, FCA - A lefty that can slash and finish, Dorsey also competes, rebounds and defends. Will also find people. Is athletic.
Dorsey must work on his outside game for college. DIII's should be on him. Has no interest so far.

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