Paul VI Survives Scare From O'Connell; Wins 62-56 In Overtime | News
ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- Paul VI (PVI) freshman big man Marcus Derrickson stole the show Friday night at Bishop O'Connell with his three-point shooting. The 6-foot-7 post player sneakily set himself up behind the arc, sinking four triples for a total of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Without his shooting there would not have been a Panther comeback. Ultimately, PVI prevailed in overtime and defeated rival Bishop O'Connell, 62-56.
"I knew I could score from out there," said Derrickson on his shooting display, mainly along the baseline corner. "Stan Robinson kept telling me to shoot in the second half. His leadership helps all of us. A win is a win, so we are happy."
Stanford Robinson poured in 16 points of his own and handled the point guarding duties for most of the evening because regular starter Tilman Dunbar was sidelined due to illness. His ferocious and-1 dunk to start off overtime had the entire crowd on its feet, but more importantly it swung the momentum away from O'Connell. The Knights offense started turning the ball over and the home team would never recover in the extra session.
Surprisingly, O'Connell was leading 26-12 midway through the second quarter. The Knights were daring the Panthers to shoot wide open threes and the strategy, employed by animated O'Connell head coach Joe Wooten, was paying off.
PVI started a horrendous 2-for-13 from behind the arc, leading to many up-tempo scoring finishes from Knight sophomore guard Melo Trimble (20 points) and junior forward Rashard Kelly (11 points).
"In the game of basketball you often get to pick your poison and they decided they were going to give us open jump shots early," said Paul VI head coach Glenn Farello. "We talked at halftime about being less hesitant with the open shots. We were just more aggressive in the second half."
The turning point for Paul VI came in the third quarter, during which the Panthers outscored the Knights 19-12. The Panthers effectively stopped the Knights from scoring in the paint. At 6-foot-6, senior Coleman Johnson became a defensive force by corralling rebounds and contesting shots for PVI.
The win improves the Panthers' record to 20-2 and a perfect 12-0 in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC). PVI's next obstacle will come Sunday, February 12 at Gonzaga. The Eagles will be vying for revenge from Tuesday's double digit defeat in Fairfax.
"I told the kids it was a very satisfying victory for how it went. We cranked up our defensive energy and our rebounding," added Farello. "We played with poise on the road."
O'Connell has nothing to be ashamed of following the close overtime loss. The extremely young Knights are now 11-11 on the season and 6-8 in WCAC play. This close loss to the Panthers should give a tremendous firsthand lesson on how to close out games against superior opponents.
Photo Caption: The "Knights Out, Lights Out" student section packed the house Friday night at O'Connell. Several students had to spill over to the parents seating section. The crowd played a large part in helping O'Connell jump out of the gates.
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