"It's All About The Game"

Blaine's work is Chavez's gain






Ron Bailey, Publisher

Junior guard takes control.

December 1, 2014 - During the fourth quarter of Cesar Chavez' (DC) season opener win over Cardozo (DC) last night, the victors saw a 52-42 lead dwindle to two. Malcolm Battle, head coach of Chavez called a timeout to regroup his charges. Things had to change.

They did, with junior guard Greg Blaine taking the lead; Between around three minutes to go and thirty seconds left, Blaine, a 5'10", 160 pound junior backcourt guy weaved through ball pressure before finding a gap in Cardozo's 1-2-2 zone and hitting a midrange jumper, made a foul shot and later missed two of them yet rebounded the second attempt and stuck it back. He wasn't done, as with 1:08 on the clock Blaine dove on the ball to secure a steal, enabling Battle to call timeout and safeguarding Chavez' 66-59 lead, and 43 seconds sealed the deal with another score.

Greg Blaine, here driving, more or less closed in Chavez' victory over Cardozo last night.

To sum, Blaine took over the game - scoring seven of the team's last seven points, driving the Eagles (1-0) to a 69-59 win in a contest held at the Richard England Boys and Girls Club.

"It was hard" said Blaine afterward of helping right Chavez' ship. "You just have to stay in the game, keep your head straight, and just play. I mean it's going to come back to you, just play".

Blaine scored 14 points, while senior guard Tony Blackwell paced the winners with 16 points. Senior forward Alex Nunnally logged 10 points and sophomore guard Kalef Tate finished with 10 points.

To start the second half Chavez seemed to solve Cardozo's 1-2-2 zone - witness Nunnally's back to back second half dunk and layup, the last occurring with over five minutes to go in the third quarter, giving the winners a 10 point advantage. To its credit Cardozo fought back by causing chaos in the open floor, getting stops and pushing the ball; for the fourth quarter's first three and a half minutes or so, Cardozo outscored the Eagles 15-7.

Senior guard Kelvin Koonce had a game high 18 points, numbers matched by sophomore forward Jarrod Armstrong for the Clerks (0-1).

Though Chavez led by ten at intermission, Cardozo's 1-2-2 zone and trapping gave them first stanza fits at various times. Battle's message to the Eagles regarding solving it was "Just take our time and play our game. Stop letting them speed you up" revealed Blaine, the i95Ballerz.com Baller of the Game.


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