North Point, West­lake com­pete in DMV Tip-Off Clas­sic

St. Mary’s Ryken boys tops West­lake; push win streak to five

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MASON aj­ma­son@somd­

Less than 24 hours re­moved from a 66-65 win over Bishop Ire­ton in a Wash­ing­ton Catholic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence con­test, the St. Mary’s Ryken Knights came to the fifth an­nual DMV TipOff Clas­sic at North Point High School on Satur­day look­ing to main­tain their mo­men­tum.

In their matchup with the West­lake Wolver­ines on Satur­day, the Knights con­tin­ued to show they are steadily on the rise, cruis­ing to a con­vinc­ing 77-59 win over the Wol- ver­ines.

It was the fifth straight win for Ryken (6-1 over- all), which has proven that they have taken a big step for­ward in the past years of the pro­gram.

Thus far the Knights, who has al­ready knocked off de­fend­ing D.C. In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion cham­pion H.D. Wood­son this sea­son, have shown they could be a key con­tender in the WCAC.

Be­hind suf­fo­cat­ing team de­fense and bal­anced scor­ing, the Knights set the tone early on by jump­ing out to a com­mand­ing 22-9 at the end of the first quar­ter and didn’t look back. The lead stretched to 38-22 at half­time and 56-35 af­ter three quar­ters.

“Af­ter a gru­el­ing win the night be­fore I was re­ally proud of our en­ergy and ef­fort. We knew it was go­ing to be a chal­lenge and the guys were up for it,” said St. Mary’s Ryken head coach Patrick Be­han. “We were able to come back and stay men­tally fo­cused.”

West­lake (3-1), which suf­fered its first loss of the sea­son, dug it­self a huge hole in the first quar­ter and strug­gled from the field as the Knights held the Wolver­ines to just (19 of 62) 30.6 per­cent shoot- ing.

A much-im­proved St. Mary’s Ryken squad from a sea­son ago was in full gear on Satur­day as ju­nior guard Wyn­ston Tabbs, who was named the game’s Most Valu­able Player,paved the way with 16 points. He scored 14 in the first half on pen­e­tra­tion and ef­fec­tive out­side shoot­ing.

“We wanted to put pres­sure on the ball and get out in tran­si­tion,” said Tabbs. “We do shell ev­ery­day in prac­tice and go at each other, so we bring it in the games. We have a good va­ri­ety if dif­fer­ent peo­ple that do dif­fer­ent things.”

Sopho­more Mekhi Long showed his ver­sa­til­ity, fin­ish­ing with a dou­ble-dou­ble of 11 points and 12 re­bounds.

“No mat­ter who it is as long as we play within our­selves we can run with any­body,” said Long.

As the Knights de­liv­ered with 24 bench points in the game, hav­ing key

con­trib­u­tors to help carry the load will be a big plus as the sea­son goes along. Nine play­ers reached the scor­ing col­umn in the win, in­clud­ing sopho­more Jah­mir Young with 12 points. Only one starter is a se­nior on the team.

The Knights shot 30 of 55 (54.5 per­cent) for the game and outscored West­lake 42-22 in the paint to go along with a 16-2 ad­van­tage in points on the fast break.

De­spite play­ing with­out se­nior Everett Mou­ton since the start of the sea­son, re­cov­er­ing from a knee in­jur y, West­lake was able to get pro­duc­tion from se­niors Jeff Sim­mons and Amir Lawrence, each of whom fin­ished with 16 points.

“This was a test for us and helps us down the road when we face a tough team,” said West­lake head coach Ed­ward Mou­ton. “We were forced to play at a higher level and teams in the WCAC play a style of basketball that will pre­pare us. We just came out too slow in the first quar­ter and it is hard to come back from. We have to get use to this type of stage.”


West­lake se­nior for­ward Amir Lawrence goes up for a layup over sev­eral St. Mary’s Ryken de­fend­ers in a non­con­fer­ence boys basketball con­test at Satur­day’s DMV Tip-Off Clas­sic at North Point High School. The Knights de­feated West­lake 77-59.


Ju­nior guard Wyn­ston Tabbs of St. Mary’s Ryken goes up for a left-handed lay-up elud­ing the de­fense of West­lake’s Amir Lawrence in Satur­day’s DMV Tip-Off Clas­sic. Tabbs fin­ished with 16 points and was named the game’s Most Valu­able Player.

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