West Potomac sophomore Kwame Camon’s two-handed slam over a Lake Braddock big man sent the Wolverines’ home gym into a frenzy in the final minute of Friday night’s game, and after the play was over, Camon pointed to the sky. A timeout was called, and the officials discovered the rim was bent down. Camon calmly came out of the huddle and wandered back to the scene of his highlight, hopped up and bent the rim back in shape.
It was the only thing that Camon had to fix Friday, as his second-half performance was spotless. The 6-foot-1 sophomore scored 21 points as a reserve to lift West Potomac to a 65-53 win over Lake Braddock in a AAA Patriot District game in Alexandria.
“It was pretty powerful,” Camon said. “Pretty powerful.”
It was senior night for the Wolverines, (13-8, 10-4), but Camon stole the show in the second half, including a personal 8-0 run in the middle of the third quarter that ignited a 16-3 tear for West Potomac. Camon hit two three-pointers in that stretch, and Lake Braddock (14-7, 10-4) converted just one field goal in nearly eight minutes — a span that lasted a few minutes into the fourth quarter.
“I think we’re a pretty solid defensive team when everyone locks in. We were all locked in today,” West Potomac Coach David Houston III said. “We played for our seniors tonight.”
Houston III has a veteran lineup, and after moving Camon around the floor for much of the season, he has found a durable bench player in Camon, who struggled offensively during the first half against Lake Braddock. The Bruins looked like the more physical team in the onset — and the 29-all tie at halftime suggested a slugfest was in line for the second half.
But after Camon found his legs on a few transition possessions to start the third quarter, he also found his jumper. After his eight-point tear in the third quarter, he hit a fadeway 16-footer to make it 47-35 with about six minutes left in the game — and Lake Braddock never got closer than 10.
Fittingly, he played off older players Friday, including senior guard Brandon Pressley (11 points), and junior Demornay Pierson-El (eight points), who had a dunk of his own in the first half. After watching that play, Camon said, he wanted to “get one.”
“I struggled early. . . my teammates kept me in it,” Camon said. “I was able to stay with it, and we got the win.”