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DCW50 MVP: Justin Faison
School: Gwynn Park High School
School District: Prince George's County
BRANDYWINE, Md. -- Justin Faison had a senior season to remember. He averaged 22 points and 5 assists per game.
His Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets team didn't do as well last year's team which made the Maryland State Finals Final Four but coaches said Faison deserves recognition for upping his game during his senior season while leading a young group of players through and up and down season.
B.J. Koubaroulis counts down the Top Plays from Week 9
Here are the Top plays from the weekend:
No. 10: Champe’s Dom Fragala continues to pour in the points, this time going for 49 against the Cougars including 20-20 from the free-throw line and 5 three-pointers as the Knights went on to win 83-67.
No. 9: St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes forward Charles Thompson gets the pass and throws down a monster tomahawk slam over a defender that set the tone in 65-53 win over Episcopal!
No. 8: Wilson guard Ayinde Hikim lobs up a beautiful alley oop pass to teammate Ricardo Lindo, who slams it down for a big dunk in the third quarter of the Tigers’ 67-63 win over H.D. Woodson on Friday.
No. 7: Wise Darron Barnes drives to the rim and shows no regard for the Flowers’ defender, posterizing him with the jam in the 81-71 win for the Pumas!
No. 6: St. Andrew’s forward and Louisiana Tech Commit Anthony Duruji is at it again, this time getting a rebound and flushing it back home with authority! The Lions took down the Huskies 74-59.
No. 5: With Marshall down 1 late in the 4th, junior Rachel McFaul finds Kylie Hardin who drills the game-winning jumper to beat Edison!
No. 4: With the game tied and less than a minute left, Bullis forward Raffy Baumgardner blocks a shot that ignites the fast break and Vado Morse finds Kyrie Walker for the alley-oop and the lead. Then, after Landon briefly took the lead, Morse nails an open jumper that put Bullis in front for good as the Bulldogs beat the Bears 68-65.
No. 3: With the Forest Park trailing by 3 late in the 4th, guard Austin Judy gets the inbound, turns around, and then nails a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime! Judy would go on to score all of Forest Park’s points in overtime to give the Bruins a 58-56 win over Woodbridge!
No. 2: With Oakton trailing Chantilly by three and less than a second left in Overtime, Paul Campo shows off his quarterback skills by throwing a full-court pass to Charlie Smith. Smith catches the pass and immediately shoots it, knocking down the desperation shot as the buzzer sounds to send the game into double-overtime! The Cougars went on to beat the Chargers 64-56.
No. 1: With Gwynn Park down one, they work the ball up court against the full court press and get it to Justin Faison who gets double teamed and kicks it out to Jaden Stonework who then gets it back to Faison who takes the deep three and drains it at the buzzer, sending the crowd into a frenzy as the Yellow Jackets beat Central 59-57.
The PrepZone Special with Gwynn Park’s Mike Glick and Justin Faison
G Donald Carey, Douglass, 6-3, Sr.
G Trent Dixon, Central, 6-0, Sr.
G Justin Faison, Gwynn Park, 5-9, Sr.
Skinny: Douglass lost to just one team (Gwynn Park) during last year’s 20-2 campaign, and despite the graduation of leading scorer Cameron Hayes, the Eagles are ready to make another run at a region title. Though they have just two starters back, point guard Donald Carey and forward Zion Cousins (Howard) are both Division I recruits and should form a devastating inside-outside combination. Forward Demarius Pitts and guard Ross Allen were also key members of last year’s team and will take on bigger roles to offset the personnel losses. Douglass enters this year on a 24-game home winning streak, which means another prolific regular season could spell trouble for opponents in the postseason. The Eagles have just one region title since 1986. Is this the year they get over the hump again? . . .
After a couple subpar seasons using inexperienced players, Potomac (Md.) is poised to be back in the state title hunt with the addition of 6-7 DeMatha transfer Christian Dyches inside and former Friendly star Travis Henson on the perimeter. The Wolverines also return all five starters from last year’s team, led by leading scorer Gary Robertson. . . .
Gwynn Park used a veteran lineup during its run to the 2A state semifinals a season ago, but the Yellow Jackets will need a cast of new faces to jell quickly if they hope to approach last year’s 24-3 record. Guard Justin Faison is the only returning starter after emerging as a dynamic scorer and distributor on the perimeter during his first season at Gwynn Park. He’ll need to develop chemistry with newcomers such as junior Shawn Slade and football recruit Isaiah Coulter. . . .
Central had a resurgent season a year ago and should be poised to challenge for a 2A South region title with the return of leading scorer Trent Dixon (17 points per game) and senior guards Timothy Jones (12 points, four assists, three steals) and Javani Brown (14 points, five rebounds). The addition of transfers Amari Shivers (Friendly) and the return of Deonte Cooke after a one-year stint at Bladensburg should also be a boon to a roster that already is expected to be a contender again this winter. . . .
Fairmont Heights will be the biggest beneficiary from the closing of Forestville High School this year. The Hornets have four former Forestville players on their roster, including leading scorer Darren Lucas-White. Considering Fairmont Heights also returns intriguing junior Kimani Benjamin, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder a year ago, it could be due for a big jump in Coach Chuck Henry’s second season at the helm. . . .
Oxon Hill relied heavily last year on graduated star Shawn Moss, but the Clippers should remain competitive with the return of point guard Evan Smith and senior forward Deandre Cuyler. . . . Friendly welcomes new Coach Marc Vincent, a familiar face in the area who previously served as the head coach at Bishop Ireton and as an assistant with Montrose Christian