"It's All About The Game"

Quakers take down St. James






Ron Bailey, Publisher

SFS's NW, DC home was protected.


January 23, 2016 - Up 32-21 at intermission, Sidwell Friends (DC) withstood a mini, third quarter St. James (MD) run, before eventually prevailing 55-42 yesterday. The home standing Quakers are now 10-7 for the season, 2-2 in the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Saddiq Bey could be a force for Sidwell.

Helping St. James (2-2 in MAC action) get to within six points after sophomore Bryce Golden's (eight points) free throw, was a 1-2-2 zone. Of that scheme, junior Quaker guard Jelani Williams (17 points, seven rebounds and five assists) afterward revealed the team had not seen that defense this year, and resultantly figured out they had to "pitch it to the side to get open shots".

Freshman guard Jason Gibson scored 15 points while also dishing out five assists, though Saddiq Bey, a sophomore guard hit a couple of shots when St. James was toggling between that 1-2-2 and a man to man scheme. Bey finished with nine points, also pulling down three rebounds.

Up next for the Quakers is another Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference tilt, one with Flint Hill. Tip-off is set for Thursday at 6p.

Recruiting Update:

Saddiq Bey - 6'3", 170 pound sophomore guard, Sidwell Friends (DC) - After seeing Bey play, you get intrigued; competitive kid who doesn't shy from the moment and can shoot. Though he's received no recruiting interest to day, his Sidwell head coach thinks that will soon change.

"They are about to start" showing him love said Eric Singletary, himself a former Sidwell and Rice University star. "He grew already this year to around six-three. He'll probably get to six-six or six-seven", given his mother, a former collegiate hoops player is 6'3", while his father stands 6'7".

Growing will make Bey extremely attractive, as "If and when he gets to that height, that will be the perfect height for his game. Foot speed won't be a problem".

It's not that Bey is slow now, he just isn't lightening quick. Nevertheless Bey embraces the moment of competition, being willing to take key shots.

He's a player to track going forward.

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