"It's All About The Game"

The Ramblers wring out a close one






Ron Bailey, Publisher

This game came down to something simple.

February 1, 2015 - McKinley Tech (DC) clung to a one point lead against Eastern (DC) with 32.3 seconds left versus Eastern last Friday, having been up 10 within the third quarter's final minute. The game had become a hotly contested battle on home standing Eastern's senior night.

Many may assume what followed caused Eastern's 41-40 win: After a questionable charge call given his team, MT head coach Ali Foster was assessed a technical foul. Eastern made three of four free throws, creating a 40-38 Rambler lead.

While Foster's technical was huge, it was far from the determining factor as MT missed 16 free throws during the contest. Eastern on the other hand, hit key ones and prevailed.

Jamarco Picket will rise over defenders for shots.

Junior Eastern forward Jamarco Picket did indicate the technical foul "Gave us the rest we needed", and calmly sank two of the three points it helped generate. He finished with a game high 21 points and went five of five from the line. The Ramblers went to him during their second half comeback, allowing him to work in space over defenders, including his end-of-third quarter shot narrowing Eastern's deficit to 31-24.

Senior guard Anthony Broadus (nine points) wasn't as successful from the line, noting "I didn't hit my free throws like I normally do (3-8), but good thing my teammates hit their free throws " when it counted. The team went 15-26, but he was specifically referring to Pickett and to a lesser degree senior guard Dajuan Greene (10 points, 4-6 from the charity stripe).

Broadus also agreed MT's spread offense starting late in the third, one that put the ball in talented junior guard Renardo Perry's hands "kind of helped us because we only had to worry about one dude".

Perry scored a team high 16 points, taking over the game in spurts. Senior guard Robert Thornton finished with 10 points for MT, now 14-4 overall, 8-2 in DCIAA play.

Eastern (12-5, 7-3) is fifth place in the league, and next takes on Anacostia, February 6th at home. MT plays the same Anacostia team tonight, and his third in DCIAA play.

Recruiting Notes:

Jamarco Picket - 6'6", 175 pound junior forward, Eastern High School - The DMV basketball world is starting to focus on Picket, as elite travel teams are evaluating him. Colleges have heard the buzz also, though according to him "None right now" have offered a scholarship or are heavily recruiting him.

Anthony Broadus is a tough competitor.

That could change after the spring/summer; Picket has length and shooting skill, delivering the ball with a nice level of touch. His long arms allow him to shoot over foes. If defenders push up he's capable of driving, and if cut off Picket loves a spin to pop/fade move. With his length he can get pretty good looks at the basket most times.

Picket must get stronger, thereby allowing him to take and give bumps, as well as finish through contact. Jamarco indicated he's been lifting and plans to focus on it this summer. Add tightening up his handle, particularly in the open floor to necessary development work.

Rinardo Perry - 6'3", 175 pound junior guard, McKinley Tech - Maybe one of the best kept DMV secrets, Perry or 'Nardo' as friends and teammates call him can relentlessly attack the tin, where he finishes well. A lefty, Perry is can be surprisingly athletic, including blocking shots on the weak side from behind on the break.

Perry, whose become a better finder, particularly in open court situations, must drop off more in the half court as well as develop greater confidence and consistency from the outside. Both will further enhance his drive/finish game.
Robert Morris has shown interest.

Anthony Broadus - 6'1", 180 pound senior guard, Eastern - Currently Broadus has no offers or strong interest, but is capable of playing somewhere in college; he's aggressive, competes, can drives and battles. As he commented on his high school career "It's been tough...but I pulled through". The greater-than-1000 point scorer also indicated "I made history here I believe".

On drives Broadus almost wills his way to the cup, but must find people more when doing so. Can pull up when driving.

Needs to be a better long ball shooter, and penetrate using his left hand more readily.

Broadus is a battler.

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