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Public School Player of the Week
Sam Edens – Churchill
The senior forward has scored in double digits in every game but the first of the season. Churchill has built a comfortable 2 game lead over BCC in 4ASouth. Eden has an imposing frame at 6’3”, 220 pounds and couples his inside presence with a silky jump shot. Sam’s calm court demeanor and fiery competitive spirit give the Churchill faithful some hope as playoff time comes near.
Private School Player of the Week
Patrick Holloway – Paul VI Catholic
Paul VI is still perfect in WCAC play thanks to a dramatic buzzer beating shot from Holloway to lift them over DeMatha on Friday night. The 6’1” Senior will be playing for George Mason in the fall and will give Cinderella an excellent opportunity to get back to the ball. Holloway has become a well rounded player in his senior year, combining adept passing skills with superior shooting skills in helping to lead Paul VI. The win over DeMatha proves that Paul VI, and Patrick Holloway have what it takes to shock the conference.
Here is a clip of the buzzer beater from Friday:
Here is a clip of Holloway highlights vs. O’Connell
News and Notes
Joe McDonald from Landon scored 49 points in an upset win over Episcopal on Friday night.
The Landon win over Episcopal snapped their 11 game win streak and put Bullis in a tie for 1st in the IAC with Episcopal. Both teams are 5-1 and Landon is hot on their tails at 4-2. Surprisingly, Georgetown Prep is just .500 in league play at 3-3.
As mentioned above, Paul VI took down DeMatha to take sole possession of 1st in the division. DeMatha lost for the 2nd time in 3 games and fell to 8-2. Gonzaga (8-1) overtook 2nd place in the standings but lost for the first time all season on Sunday to St. John’s (who moved into 4th place at 8-4) It’s worth noting that former Player of the Week and UNC recruit, Nate Britt, did not play in the Gonzaga loss.
4A East round-up
Springbrook (8-0) continued their dominance in the conference with wins over Kennedy and Blair in the last week. Paint Branch (5-3) is on a 3 game win streak, with wins over Blair, Sherwood, and Blake, and has taken over 2nd place. Blake and Sherwood are tied for 3rd with 4-4 records.
4A West round-up
Magruder (6-0) still looks like the team to beat in Montgomery county. They annihilated Quince Orchard on Friday night, winning by 43 points (some pay back for football season I suppose). Clarksburg (4-2) is holding 2nd place even after a loss to 3rd place Northwest (3-4) on Friday night.
4A South round-up
Churchill (7-1) has a solid 2 game lead over Bethesda-Chevy Chase (5-3) and Walter Johnson (5-3). WJ has been one of the bigger surprises in Montgomery County and has slipped into a tie for 2nd with consecutive wins over Wootton and Richard Montgomery. They have a tough week this week though with games against BCC and Churchill.