"It's All About The Game"

Redux successful for IDEA






Ron Bailey, Publisher

Different time, say play, different result for IDEA.


February 26, 2016 - Last night’s IDEA at Chavez, DC Public Charter School league semifinal playoff tilt had a tinge of déjà vu; On January 21st, the visiting IDEA Timberwolves attempted to use a long release/baseball pass delivery to a streaking guard, with the hopes of avoiding Chavez’ scrambling press. The play failed, standing as the final nail in their coffin. An opportunity was lost, as the Chavez Eagles prevailed 78-73.

Last night similar circumstances occurred, with this time IDEA leading 77-76, Chavez owning momentum due in part to their energized, packed gym and successful, periodic press, with 9.3 seconds remaining. Was IDEA hesitant to deploy a similar scheme?

In a word no, as senior guard Darryl Bones slipped behind the defense, catching a long delivery. He missed the resulting layup, but guard and fellow backcourt mate Justin Millsap snagged the offensive rebound, was fouled, making one of two charity stripe attempts. IDEA held on for a stirring 78-76 win, in the process earning a charter school league championship berth.

“We had no doubt” in again attempting such a high risk, high reward maneuver at such a pivotal time in the game, said senior forward Kierell Green. According to him two other options were built into the play.

Milstead felt similarly, noting “No not at all. We believe in that play”. Of his crucial hustle effort, the fiery point guard said “I had to win that 50-50 ball”.

That dramatic sequence would not have been possible if not for Green’s corner three pointer with around thirty seconds to play, a shot that gave IDEA a slim 76-75 advantage, their first lead since 5:10 remaining in the fourth quarter.

“I always work on that shot” shared Green, a 6’8” frontcourt player who has exploded on the DMV hoops scene this, his final high school season. From the start he was a force last night, finishing with a game high 27 points, many scored around the rim, due in part to Chavez not boxing him out.

Junior guard Tunde Shrivner had 19 points for IDEA (22-3), while Milstead scored seven points.

Despite IDEA’s last 10 second execution, Jacob Long, a junior Chavez guard could have tied the ball game, receiving an inbounds pass with 3.4 seconds left, eventually releasing a 12-foot runner that back rimmed. Though that was the Eagles’ last chance to extend the game, it must be noted as a team they missed 14 free throws, by any measure the game’s difference.

Long finished with 19 points, while fellow junior and guard, Kaleaf Tate, led the team with 21 points. Rounding out the Eagle Squadron is senior guard Greg Blaine, who finished with 20 points.

IDEA next plays Saturday, where they face Friendship Collegiate Academy at Trinity College. It’s a 7p start.
Chavez (21-10) is off until Monday, when they host St. Albans. A first round DC State Athletic Association tournament affair – an event dubbed ‘The 12’, tip-off is 6p.

Recruiting Tidbits:

Kierell Green – 6’8”, 180 pound senior forward, IDEA – Recruiting is rumored to be on the verge of picking up for Green, who is the I95Ballerz.com Most Improved Player this season. With his increased confidence, Green snags boards, scores around the tin, blocks shots via the weak side and can shoot out past the three ball line. He’s become a force.

As before, Virginia Union has presently offered Green, in addition to USC-Upstate.

Must continue to get stronger; is an excellent choice for freshman redshirt and intense weight lifting during the year out of completion, thereby allowing him to be a force has a redshirt frosh.

Justin Milstead – 5’10”, 180-pound senior point guard, IDEA – Tough and heady, Milstead makes winning plays, including steals, drop offs and layups. Must become a better shooter in college.

Milstead has no offers, though trips to Grambling and Lycoming and Grambling are on tap for March.

Special Shout out:

A directed thanks goes out to Shanta Bryant, who made it a point to provide stats. IDEA’s program has a budding young professional in her.

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