It all began Tuesday, when McNamara hosted Washington Catholic Athletic Conference rival DeMatha. Since 2003, the Mustangs had lost 20 straight games to DeMatha, and with the Stags up 11 points at halftime, it appeared the streak would continue. But after hearing Coach Marty Keithline push them to pick up their defensive effort, the Mustangs responded.
McNamara’s Stephan Jiggetts reaches 1,000 points; Paul VI’s Kevin Dorsey is clutch; Oakton’s Robert Bacon shooting well
“We started putting more pressure on guys and creating turnovers that put us in transition,” Jiggetts said.
An eight-point fourth quarter by DeMatha helped the Mustangs cut the deficit to 52-50 with 10 seconds remaining. Keithline drew up a double-screen play for Jiggetts, who found himself wide open at the top of the key for the game-winning three-pointer.
“It’s a real good feeling to finally beat DeMatha, especially at a big place like [the Show Place Arena],” Jiggetts said of the 53-52 victory. “I’ll remember that win for a while.”
The same can be said for the Mustangs’ 63-42 defeat of Carroll on Friday. Jiggetts entered the contest just 14 points away from 1,000 for his career, but Keithline made a point not to tell the Siena recruit.
“In my experience, it’s very nerve-wracking for the kid if he knows, so I didn’t tell him,” Keithline said. “It ended up being a nice surprise for him and his parents. Plus it was his father’s birthday.”
In the fourth quarter, Jiggetts got fouled while converting a layup for his 1,000th point. After he drained the free throw, the game was briefly stopped to recognize Jiggetts, who took a few seconds to catch on.
“I was shocked, really because I had no idea I was close to 1,000,” said Jiggetts, who finished with 15 points. “It’s a great accomplishment. I’m moreso focused on the playoffs and winning a championship than points, but I’ll take it.”
Dorsey hits huge shot for Panthers
Paul VI sophomore Kevin Dorsey admits that he was “real nervous” to take over the point guard position this season — and who could blame him? Not only were expectations high following the Panthers’ run to the WCAC title, but Dorsey had to fill the shoes of 2012 All-Met Player of the Year Patrick Holloway.
Whatever nerves were left during this past weekend’s Bass Pro Tournament of Champions in Missouri, though, are surely gone after Dorsey’s heroics. The sophomore hit two buzzer-beaters in two nights with the last knocking off national power Montverde (Fla.) in the tournament final.
The first shot, a 19-foot jumper, came in a 52-50 semifinal win against St. John Bosco (Calif.) after the Panthers rallied from seven points down in the final two minutes. With the game tied at 50, Coach Glenn Farello drew up a play for Marcus Derrickson, but with the Braves double-teaming the sophomore forward, Dorsey was forced to take control.
“They knew we wanted to get the ball to Marcus, so Franklin [Howard] drove and drew the defender before passing it to me,” said Dorsey, who had 32 text messages waiting for him after the game. “The shot felt good when I let it go and went in.”