"It's All About The Game"

SFA rides guard play to victory






Ron Bailey, Publisher

SFA's guards got win for Panthers.


December 2, 2013 - Saturday evening, Baltimore's Saint Frances Academy (MD) hosted St. Stephens/St. Agnes (VA), eventually repelling the visitors 72-56. The key to this game? Backcourt play.

It's not that SSSA's guards played badly, simply SFA's pair of sophomore 'littles' were dominant. That would be DeQuan Bracey and Khalil Richards.

Bracey led the game in scoring with 18 points, followed by Richard's 17. It wasn't just their points; whenever SFA needed a play made, the tandem rose to the challenge, including passing and controlling tempo.

Khalil Richards getting it done.

SSSA did make a late second half, 8-0 run, of which it's head coach Ron Ginyard told his team during a timeout "We are making a run, we have to stay disciplined". His team's 2-3 was the impetus, causing stops leading to fast break baskets, including senior guard Gavin Pepper's layup.

The SFA duo answered, setting the Panthers. Senior forward DeWayne Morgan chipped in 10 points for SFA.
"Our bigs got into foul trouble" said SFA head guy Nick Myles afterward. "St. Stephens had many good bigs. Our guards carried us".

Junior forward Collin Goss scored a team high 14 points for SSSA, and played good defense on the UNLV bound Morgan. Future Loyola Greyhound Cam Gregory logged 11 points for the Saints.

SSSA is 0-1 overall, while SFA stands 3-0.


Collin Goss - This could have been a breakout game for Goss, a 6'10", slightly over 200 pound forward who used his length and mobility to score as well as defend the uber-talented Morgan.

His mindset coming into the matchup was "trying to keep an eye on him at all times". Goss "already knew what he's about", as the two played together on the same DMV Elite 80 Camp team.

Goss was also willing to mix it up under the tin. "I'm playing a lot tougher this season" he said. Ginyard is not only demanding it, but putting him in positions to succeed.

Khalil Richards - SFA's Richards deflected his personal play, saying "We just worked together as a team", including communicating on defense". But to be honest, the 6'2", 190 pound sophomore guard showed why Richmond and Loyola have already offered, while Kansas State, Siena, Cornell and others are showing interest; he can drive, shoot, defend and pass, while also playing physically.

It's obvious his jumper has become much more consistent. In terms of left hand ball patting, Richards does it, but uses it more as a stabilizer, switching back over to the right. "I'm going to stay in the gym more" was his antidote for it, though a source close to him indicated against older guys, his left is used extensively.

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