DEMATHA BOYS 70, PALLOTTI 62; This Time, No. 1 Stags Guard Their Advantage
Posted by Michael Glick on Jan 04 1997 at 04:00PM PST
Sports DEMATHA BOYS 70, PALLOTTI 62; This Time, No. 1 Stags Guard Their Advantage Chad Capellman Special to The Washington Post 01/05/1997 The Washington Post FINAL D04 Copyright 1997, The Washington Post Co. All Rights Reserved Top-ranked DeMatha displayed two of the primary reasons it has not lost to an area team this season in a 70-62 victory over No. 5 Pallotti in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference opener for both teams before an estimated crowd of 1,200 at Laurel High School. Unlike last season, when the Stags (12-1, 1-0) jumped to an early 18-1 lead before being upset by Pallotti, the back-court tandem of senior Brian Westbrook (10 points, 11 assists) and sophomore Keith Bogans (16 points, eight assists) gave DeMatha an early lead and helped squelch several late comebacks to end the Laurel school's winning streak at 11 games. Junior forward-center Nate Green led Pallotti (12-2, 0-1) with a game-high 20 points. In the second quarter, DeMatha, which lost to Simon Gratz of Philadelphia, went on an 11-0 run to take a 28-13 lead as Pallotti went scoreless for more than four minutes. "The key to the game was that second quarter," Pallotti Coach Mike Glick said. "We couldn't get the ball inside to Nate Green and then we were coming from behind the rest of the way." Pallotti was well aware of Bogans's presence but could to little to stop the guard who benefited from seeing significant playing time as a freshman last season. While dealing with a box-and-one defense centered on him, Bogans remained focused. "I really like the way Keith maintained his composure," DeMatha Coach Morgan Wootten said. "I think he is gaining maturity by the day." Notes: An estimated 300 fans were turned away from the game as the gym was filled to capacity for the conclusion of the junior varsity game between the two schools. . . . Pallotti's Kenny Whitehead made his first appearance since injuring his knee in the second game of the season. The 6-9 center, who transferred from Washington and Lee in Arlington at the beginning of the school year, scored two points and had three rebounds. . . . DeMatha's Brad Martin, a 6-4 forward who missed the past three games because of illness and other reasons Wootten would not specify, scored 10 points and had eight rebounds. D (12-1, 1-0) Ablo 3, Martin 10, Robertson 3, Westbrook 10, Day 8, Green 7, Bogans 16, Forte 11, Scott 2. Totals: 25 19-31 70. P (12-2, 0-1) Falkner 6, Green 20, Morris 14, Smith 11, Stewart 3, Whalen 6, Whitehead 2. Totals: 23 14-15 62. Halftime: DeMatha 33-20. Three-point goals: D -- 1 (Bogans), P -- 2 (Smith, Stewart)
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