"It's All About The Game"

O'Connell grinds past Mustangs






Ron Bailey, Publisher

Knights turn dire situation into imprssive win.


December 11, 2015 - Down 22-9 in the first quarter, things looked grim for visiting Bishop O'Connell (VA); McNamara had things rolling, and with momentum on its side the Mustangs looked poised for solid home, WCAC win. Even being up only 38-32 at the half, McNamara still seemed firmly situated for a victory.

By the fourth quarter's start, a 50-all tie existed, and when the final buzzer sounded, O'Connell had put together an 82-73 win.

Ako Adams got aggresive offensivley in the second half.

"Third quarter, I knew I had to step up" said senior guard Ako Adams, whose stellar play continued into the final stanza; when he hit a three ball with 2:19 in regulation, O'Connell led 65-59, and any reasonable expectation of McNamara's comeback seemed extinguished. "This was a big game. You can't go 0-3 in the league".

O'Connell is 3-2 overall, 1-2 in league play. McNamara stands 3-2/1-1.

Adams, headed to Rice next year, finished with 18 points. Junior big man Nate Watson led the game with both 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Said Watson "We just one because we really executed our plays. We looked inside early, and then we started making our jump shots".

Matt Lewis and Randall Gaskins scored 12 and 13 points respectively for the Knights.

McNamara was paced by junior guard Jamir Moultrie's 18 points, though inexplicably McNamara got away from his hot, early shooting. Despite Moultrie being targeted, there were large swaths of the game - he didn't get a shot third quarter shot attempt until 1:55 remaining in the period - where the highly recruited backcourt guy inexplicably didn't get touches.

Senior forward and future Drexel Dragon Sam Green had 14 points for McNamara, while senior sharpshooting guard Ernest Jenkins canned a trio of three pointers on the way to 12 points. Senior guard Brandon Fields had 11 points.

A new face:

Sharif Kenney - 6'4", 180 pound guard, Bishop O'Connell (VA), DC Thunder (AAU) - Strong and aggressive, Kenney likes to get to the rim via bruising drives. He's also a high level competitor, one that takes challenges, even guarding the uber talented Moultrie in the first half.

Going forward he indicated "I have to get used to the speed" of WCAC competition, as "it's a different type of speed".
While he can dribble, Kenney must also tighten his handle, "so I can get past people more". He did hit a wing area three ball, but clearly defers to his power drives. Sharif understands that and has pledged to improve his overall shooting.

Scored five points. Will be a problem going forward.

Recruiters present:

USC - Stink Norris

George Mason - HC Dave Paulsen

UCF - Christian Webster

Drexel - Matt Collier

GW - HC Mike Lonergan and assistant

Clemson - Steve Smith

Rice - J.D. Byers



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