"It's All About The Game"

Blackwell's shooting propels Chavez to semi






Ron Bailey, Publisher

Eagles flew high in third quarter.


March 2, 2014 - In its second year of existence, the DC Scholastic Athletic Association has changed the face of postseason high school basketball in the District. Say what you want about the demise of Washington's venerable City Title game, the DCSAA tourney has brought compelling matchups of team's domiciled within Washington.

Friday saw one, with Cesar Chavez hosting Wilson, a Charter School League vs. DCIAA tilt, Northeast against Northwest, Kenilworth Parkside pitted against Tenley Circle. Homestanding Chavez beat back Wilson's charge 72-65.

Tonny Blackwell was on fire Friday night.

Leading the game in scoring was Chavez' junior guard, Tonny Blackwel, his seven third quarter three pointers blowing the game open. Blackwell finished with a game high 26 points.

Every last one was needed; down 21-14 after the first quarter, 29-24 at intermission, the Eagles outscored Wilson 32-20 in the third, largely behind Blackwell's shooting. Time and time again Chavez made the extra pass, finding an open Blackwell in the corners.

"First quarter I wasn't really feeling it. Second quarter I wasn't really feeling it" said Blackwell after it. "My teammates kept my head up, kept me involved. Kicked the ball when I was open...As a team we did good collectively".

That point regarding finding him was crucial to Blackwell, who went on to note "It was a big, a big point in the game. Without ball sharing nobody can get the shots they need to get up".

He also lauded his team's "rebounding and defense", which led to offensive possessions. Blackwell summed "We just got the job done tonight".

Joining Blackwell in double figure scoring was Chavez' Three Horsemen, seniors Tyler and Tristan Thompson plus Chris Baez. The Thompson's, guards, scored 12 and 14 points respectively. Baez finished with 12 himself, and snatched key rebounds.

Senior guard Cordelle Moarile rounded out Chavez' scoring, dropping eight points. Freshman Vince Stallion didn't score, but was stout down low.

To their credit, Wilson battled back in the fourth, coming as close as 66-63 with 1:21 remaining on the clock. Senior point guard Larry Holmes (12 points) led the charge, along with senior guard Dimone Long (10 points) . Big man and senior, Aaron Slaughter led the Tigers with 24 points, but wasn't a real factor in their fourth quarter run.

Up next for Chavez is Connecticut Avenue's Maret, today at 2:45p. Sandwiching that game are two girls tilts - National Cathedral vs. National Visitation (1p) and Wilson vs. St. John's (around 430p). The day's final game sees WCAC champ St John's go against DCIAA winner Roosevelt at 630p.

All games will be held at American University's Bender Arena.


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