FORESTVILLE – Sophomore Trevor Keels scored a game-high 24 points to give Paul VI a 67-52 road victory over Bishop McNamara High School in boys basketball action on Jan. 4.
The 6-foot-4 guard excelled all over the floor including converting a game-high three 3-pointers and went 7-of-9 at the free throw line.
Keels is currently rated as a four-star recruit by 247Sports’ recruiting network while accumulating offers from George Washington, South Carolina and Wake Forest.
Behind Keels’ play, the Panthers jumped out to a 7-2 run early in the second quarter to expand their 19-9 lead. Forwards Joshua Oduro (14 points) and Avery Ford (10) added to the offensive stretch as Paul VI entered the halftime break with a 38-21 lead.
McNamara attempted to fight back but was outscored 18-12 and its deficit grew to 22 points by the end of the third quarter. Despite the Mustangs’ punishing 13-5 run during the final period, Paul VI’s advantage was too much for the home side to catch.
McNamara’s team captain Mekhi Long scored a team-high 14 points, collected eight rebounds and completed four assists. Junior guard Aaron Russell also added 12 points in the loss.
With the win, Paul VI (8-3, 4-0) remains undefeated in Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) play as they look to repeat as regular season champions. Hyattsville’s DeMatha remains in front of standings with an overall record of 12-1 and an unbeaten record in conference play as well (4-0). Both teams will meet on Jan. 29 at the Panthers’ home arena in Fairfax, Virginia.
The result is McNamara’s third loss in five games. The Mustangs (7-3, 3-2) will have a chance to avenge the home loss on Jan. 8 when they take on Archbishop Carroll. Afterward, they will play consecutive conference road games at St. Mary’s Ryken (Jan. 10) and DeMatha (Jan.12) to cap off their busy week of games.