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Basketball preview: AAA Cardinal District boys

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Top teams

Gar-Field (26-2); Potomac (17-7); Hylton (10-13)

Top players

G Zach Fong, Gar-Field, 5-10, Sr.

F Randy Haynes, Potomac, 6-3, Jr.

G Curtis Lovitt, Gar-Field, 6-2, Sr.

C Trey Porter, Potomac, 6-8, Soph.

F Emonte Rogers, Hylton, 6-5, Sr.


Defending Northwest Region champion Gar-Field went unbeaten in the league last regular season en route to a Virginia AAA state berth, but Fong (Navy) and first-team all-district pick Lovitt (13.3 ppg) are the only players with extensive experience. Fong hit 64 three-pointers last year, including eight in one game. Football recruit Xavier Roscoe will help inside. Gar-Field’s Andy Gray enters his 20th season as coach. . . .

Defending district champion Potomac will play in its refurbished gym, which might lack the vibe of the Panther Pit of old, but the school has an exciting team to christen it. . . . Rogers transferred to Hylton from O’Connell during the middle of last season. . . . Forest Park features 6-10 sophomore Colin Goss , 6-8 junior Jordan Thornton and 6-6 senior Jaren Melvin, but the Bruins are inexperienced in the back court. . . . For Freedom-Woodbridge, senior guard Devin Milton, a Forest Park transfer who would have been his previous team’s leading returning scorer, averaged 29 points per game in fall league and is the only Eagle with extensive varsity experience. Sophomore guard Capree Manning should provide a lift for Freedom when he becomes eligible late in the season. . . . Darnell Barbour is the new coach at Osbourn Park. . . . Woodbridge won its first two games this season by holding each opponent to 39 points.

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