As the clock wound down to end the third quarter, Spingarn guard Dominic Jones threw up a long shot--one-handed and off balance--from several feet behind the three-point arc. It sailed over a Paul VI Catholic player's outstretched arms and then hung in the air before splashing through the net at the buzzer.
Jones's shot gave the third-ranked Green Wave a 17-point lead--their largest--and sent No. 10 Paul VI players to the bench shaking their heads. Paul VI never regained its focus after Jones's shot and Spingarn rolled to a convincing 73-59 championship victory yesterday in the Good Counsel Holiday Classic in Wheaton.
Spingarn, led by Jones's 19 points and Anthony Williams's 17, improved to 6-0. Paul VI, led by Ryan O'Hare's 17 points, dropped to 6-2. Spingarn's 6-foot-6 senior forward Deon Saunders scored 15 points and was named the tournament most valuable player.
"They put in the paper that we were scared to play them," said guard Chakowby Hicks, who was referring to comments made by Paul VI Coach Red Jenkins last week. "We just wanted to come out tonight and show them that we weren't scared."
Eight days ago, a game between Spingarn and Paul VI was canceled at the last moment. Both sides blamed the other for the mix-up. The resulting controversy may have led to some heated moments on the court last night. The game was hotly contested early on.
"Sure there's some bad blood because of what was in the newspaper last week," said Spingarn Coach Doc Robinson. "We just didn't want to play in that small gym they've got down there. Their big guys wouldn't have to move at all."
Jenkins, however, downplayed any controversy, saying: "I've known Doc for 30 some years. There's no problem between us. There's no bad blood."
Paul VI controlled the game early and led 29-26 at halftime. But Spingarn wore down Paul VI's big players by pressuring the ball more aggressively in the second half.
"We just ran out of gas," said Jenkins. "Our big guys couldn't run up and down the court with them late."
In the girls title game, Good Counsel won in front of the home crowd, defeating Paul VI, 64-50. The Lady Falcons were led by Hasina Outtz, who scored 17 points and Sentora Rodriguez, who scored 10 points and was named the tournament MVP.
Paul VI got 14 points from senior Deirdre Harris and 10 from freshman Deborah Bruen.
Good Counsel seized control early in the game and never let up. The Lady Falcons, who head to the West Coast to play in a 16-team tournament in Oregon later this week, led by as many as 22 points.
"Its especially nice to win here," said first-year coach Tim McKenna, who has guided the Lady Falcons to a 5-1 start. "I'm not sure how long it's been, but it's been a long time since we've won it."