Strickland Recap: Washington vs Sumner Academy

by Justin Strickland

February 19, 2016
Time Warner Metro Sports was in the building, Kansas City was in the building, the League title was in the building, and two of the best guards were in the building. This was the night that everybody anticipated and then some! The stage was set as the pink out to honor those struggling with cancer was in full effect and pink completely covered the arena. From the tip you could tell that the Sabres’ seniors would remember their senior night as this would be arguably the best game of their season.
The game started off with #22 Demarco Smith, junior guard, probing the Sabres’ defense getting the Wildcats off to a 7-2 start. Sumner took the challenge and bounced back with a 12-2 run using transition baskets and offensive rebounds. #5 Dicarlo Jackson, sophomore guard, was special early using tons of energy igniting the crowd and more importantly his teammates with his inspired play.
The first half picked up after the first quarter ended and Sumner used a huge spike in tempo to jump out to a sixteen point lead. #24 Saadique Perkins, sophomore guard, was excellent in transition getting layups and a dunk that almost took the roof off the building. #3 Vance Jackson III, junior guard, and #11 De’auan Mcclaine, sophomore guard, looked great early both making two threes in the first half and giving great minutes.
Sumner couldn’t hold the Wildcats off though with #3 Jamarcus Dawn, senior guard, and #22 Demarco Smith being relentless in their attacks on the basket. They willed Washington back into the game coming all the way back bringing the Wildcats back to 4 with the half court buzzer beater by #10 Randy Campbell.
After the half the tempo never slowed as both teams played the best they’ve played all season. Washington’s #10 Randy Cambell, sophomore wing, pulled down a few offensive rebounds early as he banged down low creating extra opportunities. The Sabres had two runs in the quarter that kept their crowd on their side one by #24 Saadique Perkins who had back to back fast break baskets each electric. And another 4-0 run by #20 Simeon Brown, senior forward, started by a monster two handed jam causing the entire gym to get on their feet.
Washington hung around using aggressiveness to get to the rim, but often unable to capitalize on the opportunities from the free throw line. Both #22 Demarco Smith and #3 Jamarcus Dawn were aggressive in one-on-one situations causing a ton of problems for Sumner, who was unable to keep them from getting to the lane repeatedly.
Midway through the fourth quarter both teams looked completely worn out from the intensity level of the game, but a couple guys still had more left in the tank. One of them was #22 Demarco Smith who was completely unstoppable getting to the paint over and over shooting pull-up jumpers, layups with both hands, and showing off his floater. The other was #24 Saadique Perkins who although was unable to finish some chances down the stretch put tons of pressure on the Washington defense and had the basketball IQ to call a time out after a clutch rebound late in the game.
This would be the Sabres night and after a late game heave by #22 Demarco Smith, both #24 Saadique Perkins and # 21 Theron Sanders, senior wing, stepped to the line going 6-6 putting the game on ice. This game was a coming out party for #10 Randy Cambell who finished the game with a strong 21 points and a ton of rebounds. Both guards for Washington contributed as #3 Jamarcus Dawn battled his way to a tough 14 points and #22 Demarco Smith was electric on his way to a game high 35 points. Sumner was balanced with 6 guys in double figures: #3 Vance Jackson had 12, #5 Dicarlo Jackson had 12, #11 De’auan Mcclaine had 10, #21 Theron Sanders had 16, #30 Donte Billburry had 12, and Saadique Perkins my pick for league player of the year definitely didn’t disappoint under the lights finishing with a spectacular 27 points.
Congratulations to the Sumner Sabres locking up the KCAL 2016 League Championship!
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