His team headed into intermission with a five-point lead over Fairfax, but South Lakes guard Brandon Kamga couldn’t help but be upset with himself after struggling to score four points in the first half.
The 6-foot-4 junior with athleticism to spare couldn’t finish the first-quarter alley-oop he has become known for in Northern Virginia, and some missed perimeter jumpers also hurt his confidence.
“I wasn’t being as aggressive as I could be, and I basically took the first half off,” Kamga said. “I felt like I just needed to pick it up and attack more.”
Kamga came out of the locker room with a steady determination to score inside, and didn’t take a single jump shot as he scored 13 of his game-high 17 points in the second half of a 56-41 rout of Fairfax in Reston.
Every Kamga drive was met with three or four defenders, and the Rebels mixed in their box-and-one and 2-3 zone.
With a 45-29 lead midway through the fourth quarter, Kamga used a left-handed in-and-out dribble to freeze the defender at the top of the key. After taking two steps inside the foul line, he rose for the two-handed dunk that ended any hopes of a Rebels comeback.
“The double teams are starting to come, and but it’s nothing different for me.” Kamga said. “I just have to sometimes kick it out to my teammates instead of taking it all the way.”
The Seahawks’ leading scorer handed out two assists and pulled down five rebounds. South Lakes also received a big boost off the bench from junior guard Zach Pearl, who scored 10 points for his sixth double-digit outing this season.
“I was just trying to be aggressive and take the shots they want me to take,” Pearl said. “I’m pretty comfortable with [coming off the bench]. I have a solid role.”
With a stout man-to-man half-court pressure defense, South Lakes was able to keep the Rebels off balance and force 21 turnovers. Fairfax’s Alan Liu scored a team-high 11 points.
South Lakes (11-7, 3-0) remains tied with Langley for first in Conference 6 and extends its longest win streak of the season to five games. Fairfax (9-9, 2-2) falls into fourth place in the conference.