Aided by a 22-9 run in the third quarter, Christian Clinton Academy held on late to defeat defending Maryland 4A state champion Dr. Henry A. Wise High School 69-62 at the DMV elite showcase. Clinton Christian struggled offensively in the first half, but managed to take a 34-32 lead into halftime. In the second half, […]
Aided by a 22-9 run in the third quarter, Christian Clinton Academy held on late to defeat defending Maryland 4A state champion Dr. Henry A. Wise High School 69-62 at the DMV elite showcase.
Clinton Christian struggled offensively in the first half, but managed to take a 34-32 lead into halftime. In the second half, the team came out hot.
“A lot to do with it was Kevin (Dorsey),” said Clinton Christian head coach Christian Cole. “He was the leader of our team and he was in foul trouble. (Wise) did a really good job of running their stuff and taking us out of the rhythm of what we are trying to do. We’ve got a lot of athletes so we’re trying get up and down, and I think their coaches did a really good job of maintaining that in the first half.”
To open the third quarter, Dorsey made a first three pointer to give Clinton Christian a 37-35 lead. Then, forward D’Andre Johnson made his presence felt off the bench. The six-foot, nine-inch stretch forward came off the bench to score 15 points including three three-pointers that pushed the Clinton Christian lead to 56-41 going into the fourth quarter.
“When I go out there I’ve got to be ready. I just stay ready on the bench so I can help my team when I get out there,” Johnson said. “Just knock down shots make good passes get steals and get blocks. I work out before games so the basket looks like an ocean. That’s just what you’ve got to do.”
The Pumas would not go down easily, however. Trailing by 14 points with less than five minutes to play, the Pumas made a last-effort run to get back into the game. Led by Darron Barnes’ inside presence and the outside shooting of the guards, the Pumas were able to cut the lead down to 60-55 with two minutes to play.
“One thing we kept trying to tell our kids is to keep playing hard. We are still in this game with a lot of time left and they showed it,” said Wise head coach Kevin Young. “It helped us tremendously, they might not know it as players, how it is going to help us down the line, but it will. We are not going to face another team in the 4A with that kind of height or with that kind of ability with the big men to step out and can shoot it like that. It’s going help us tremendously when league play starts Tuesday.”
On the next possession for Clinton Christian, guard Ashante Shivers made a three pointer to put his team back up 63-55. Clinton Christian made its final six free throws, with Shivers making four of them, to seal the game. Shivers finished with a game-high 20 points.
“It starts with my teammates, they always trust in me,” Shivers said. “Whenever I’m down they pick me back up and keep me going to get points and make other plays for my teammates. We clicked on defense; I think that was the main part. We like to play defense, actually we love to play defense, so I think that was the main part in getting us the lead.”