Etherly, Annandale Peaking at the Right Time

Sophomore Erik Etherly, front, is scoring almost 10 points per game and has helped spark Annandale to a 5-1 record in its last six games.
Sophomore Erik Etherly, front, is scoring almost 10 points per game and has helped spark Annandale to a 5-1 record in its last six games. (By Toni L. Sandys -- The Washington Post)

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By Liam Dillon
Special to The Washington Post
Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Annandale boys' basketball team has won five of its last six games, with a one-point loss to Lake Braddock the only blemish. The Atoms are tied for fourth in the eight-team AAA Patriot District, with their last two victories coming against teams ahead of them -- Hayfield and West Springfield -- by a combined 20 points.

Senior forward Layth Mansour has led the Atoms (9-9, 6-4) on the scoring front. Mansour is fourth in the Northern Region in points per game with 20.2. But a new addition to the team also has made a significant difference. Sophomore Erik Etherly, a 6-4 forward, jumped to the Atoms' varsity team at the beginning of the six-game streak and has averaged just less than 10 points per game. Mansour said Etherly has provided a needed spark, particularly in rebounding. Most of his points, Etherly said, have come off rebounds.

"At the beginning of the year they told me I might be moving up, but I never knew when," Etherly said. "I figured I had to give the team something it didn't have already to stay there."

Annandale will need a big effort out of Etherly and his teammates if they are to knock off T.C. Williams at home tonight. Led by senior forward Marcus Lemon (16.5 ppg), the No. 18 Titans (15-3, 10-0) look to be running away with the district with a three-game lead over Lake Braddock.


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