"It's All About The Game"
No Cinderella in WCAC Semis
Ron Bailey, Publisher
Higher seeds advance to finals.
February 23, 2014 - Going into Sunday's Washington Catholic Athletic Association semifinals, a question loomed; could a pair of underdogs win and advance to the league's Tuesday, final game. Having survived the quarterfinals - Bishop McNamara (MD) entered the tournament it's eighth seed, Bishop Ireton (VA) sixth. After dispatching top-slotted St. John's (DC) and number three O'Connell, Saturday, the upstarts and their followers were full of hope.
Fans of both programs' wishes went unfilled going into the night, as Paul VI defeated McNamara 67-41, while DeMatha bested Ireton 70-36, at American University's Bender Arena.
Evan Taylor was a key cog for PVI.
The Panthers of PVI dominated from start to finish, leading 35-16. Junior guard Kevin Dorsey scored a game high 18 points and was a catalyst for his team.
"He just set the tone out early" said junior forward Marcus Derrickson of Dorsey's impact. "He came out aggressive, got in the passing lane and attacked".
Derrickson finished with 11 points, while senior guard Evan Taylor dropped 12. Sophomore forward Tyler Scanlon came off the pine and matched Taylor with 12 points.
McNamara's sophomore guard Jamar Watson also scored a dozen points, while classmate and forward Ernie Jenkins had eight. His freshman teammate, guard Jamir Moultrie, has seven points in the loss.
The evening's nightcap was more competitive, but rather lopsided nonetheless, as after being down 17-4 in the second quarter Ireton rallied behind the aggressive play of senior forward Pat Moseh, who led the game with 15 points. At intermission the Cardinals were down just 21-16.
DeMatha's Stags blew the game open in the third quarter, getting stops and turning them into buckets. After senior center Brock Ruble's surprising, secondary break three pointer, DeMatha led 33-17, Ireton called timeout, and the game was essentially over.
Junior guard Terrell Allen led DM with 11 points, a total equaled by junior guard Ahmad Clark. Corey Henson, a senior guard, finished with 8 points.
Senior swingman Dan Noe had 11 points for Ireton, now 18-1. The school's season has ended.
DeMatha (27-3) takes on PVI (24-6) tonight at 8p for WCAC supremacy.
Again American's Bender is the site.
Physically, it's clear Dorsey has become stronger, a good look given his penchant for attacking the paint and overall playing physically.
"Yeah, I'm doing everything it takes to win" Dorsey shared of his physical development. "If that means I have to get bigger, put on more weight, than that's what I have to do".
What's his bench press looking like now?
"Two hundred (pounds), I believe" he shared.
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