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Bishop O'Connell Dominates DeMatha In Basketball

7:41 PM, Jan 12, 2013   |    comments
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ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- Bishop O'Connell added another impressive bullet to an already astounding resume for the 2012-2013 season with a 68-48 landslide victory over the DeMatha Stags. Looking dominant in all facets of the game, O'Connell (14-1, 7-0) ended a seven game winning streak for DeMatha (7-4, 4-1).

From a competitive standpoint, the game lasted six, maybe seven minutes at most. After that, it was all O'Connell, as they found various ways to break down the smaller and slower DeMatha defense. Maryland recruit Melo Trimble led the way for the Knights with 21 points, seemingly scoring the ball at will. The 6-foot-2 junior guard is averaging 18.7 points a game and was able to break down the DeMatha defense with both the range on his jumper and his speed when penetrating the basket.

"My teammates are good teammates, man they want me to score a lot so I had to do what they wanted me to do and that was get the ball in the basket, " Trimble gleefully told me after the game.

Trimble did just that and made it pretty clear who the most able scorer on the court was.

"He's become our floor general. He's hitting three's early, he's driving late but he's still getting our offense going. He's very unselfish, he'll give it up so I'm really proud of him in terms of his overall game," said O'Connell coach Joe Wootten.

The Knights were able to score in transition as well as their half court offense, which put pressure on DeMatha to consistently score on most possessions, a task they failed in vastly.

The Stags lacked a scoring presence, especially at the guard position. At no point did DeMatha give the impression that they could slow the game down and play at the Knights' pace, which was a result of the weak guard play on display throughout the night.

The Stags were never able to catch up to the speed of the game and it showed in the final score. Disappointingly, NC State recruit, 6-foot-8 center BeeJay Anya, may have been in disguise last night because the young man wearing his jersey looked everything but a Division I prospect. In the two biggest games of the season, Magruder, and O'Connell, Anya has shrunk when his presence was needed most, scoring seven points in each outing.

Junior Etou locked up Anya defensively and made blocks on the night his older cousin, Serge Ibaka who led the NBA in blocks last season (3.65) would have been proud to watch. The center grabbed 19 boards and after one of his many blocks, the native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo payed homage to Dikembe Mutombo with the infamous finger wag.

"Etou is very versatile, he can score down low, and face up and shoot from the high post. He also guarded their guards very well, as he's learning to move his feet better," said Wootten.

This is Melo Trimble's third year with O'Connell, but says this year is something special, "This is the best team I've been a part of by far. My freshman team we had a lot of fun together, but this team everyone just wants to win. We don't have any showboaters, everyone knows their role and that's the best way to win every game. We're the hottest team out here right now."

At 14-1 and recently being ranked 23rd nationally by USA Today High School Sports, the future Maryland Terrapin guard may be on to something with that statement.

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