"It's All About The Game"

McNamara's 'junk' helps create win







Ron Bailey, Publisher

Maryland Private High School Tournament featured unique defense that set tone early.

March 6, 2014 - Early in a first round Maryland Private High School Tournament game last night, Bishop McNamara deployed a defense that stymied visiting, yet listed as home team Takoma Academy. Part 1-2-2, at times 2-3 matchup, the scheme allowed McNamara to get stops and push the ball, resulting in buckets. In doing so, the Mustangs salted away enough of a lead to withstand Takoma's attempted late charge and prevail, 93-82.

Leading McNamara down the stretch before fouling out was freshman point guard Jamir Moultrie. In addition to scoring 21 points, Moultrie controlled the tempo, helping secure his team's double digit lead.

McNamara's zone defense trapped, causing Takoma early problems. Coach Keithline referred favorably to his scheme as "junk:".

"Coach (Marty Keithline) just told me to control the team, run the offense and go out there and execute" said Moultrie of his play. Case in point was his avoiding a trap to find sophomore forward Darian Dixon for an easy layup. The play, occurring with just two minutes and fifty seconds remaining capped work that expanded McNamara's lead to 16.

Sophomore Jamir Watson led the game in scoring with 25 points. He and Moultrie were joined by fellow sophomore McNamara players forward Sam Green and guard Brandon Fields, who dropped 10 and 11 points, respectively.

Takoma, of which Keithline noted "they have a good ball squad over there", was led in scoring by junior wing Oladoyin Fadojutimi's 23 points. Senior guard Chris Johnson was deadly from outside, shooting his way to 18 points for Takoma, coached by Jerry McFarland, while junior forward Mecca Fields chipped in 11 points.

The MPHST continues for McNamara, as Bullis looms 730p tonight, again at their District Heights, Maryland campus. The tournament, in its actual first year, started with 12 teams, is open to any school capable of playing, and in Keithline's opinion is a welcome occurrence with a great future.

"We wanted to be one of the first teams to participate" he said. "We wanted to be part of the foundation of this tournament".

Being brought about by McNamara alum Keith Veney and his Shot Doc Nation , Keithline also thinks the MPHST is an excellent opportunity, one that schools in DC have (through the DCSAA tournament) and Virginia (VISL) have.

"We've been asking for years for a tournament" share Keithline. Apparently one existed previously, with off the floor concerns ending it. Veney planned to launch the MPHST in 2013, but 2014 is its first actual year.

Also tonight at McNamara, DeMatha takes on Clinton Christian at 6p. At DeMatha, two additional MPHST semifinal games are scheduled this evening; Annapolis Area Christian takes on Capitol Christian at 6p, while the winner of last night's Good Counsel -Spalding tilt battles Riverdale Baptist at 7:30p.

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