|DEC. 7, 2010- THE WASHINGTON POST.COM/ALLMETSPORTS.COM
Boys' basketball preview
Landon (19-6) Episcopal (17-8) Bullis (13-13)
[G] Sadiq Abubakar, Episcopal, 6-2, Sr. [F] Darion Atkins, Landon, 6-8, Sr.
[G-F] Arnaud Adala Moto, Episcopal, 6-6, Jr. [G] Joe McDonald, Landon, 6-2, Jr. [G] Jonathan Tshibuy, Bullis, 6-5, Jr.
Episcopal brings back perhaps the most returning talent, led by Adala
Moto, an athletic wing player who averaged 16 points last season, and
Abubakar, who led the team with 16.5 ppg
|DEC. 7, 2010- THE WASHINGTON POST.COM/ALLMETSPORTS.COM
Episcopal 61 Germantown Academy (Pa.) 47
Highlights: Junior Arnaud Adala Moto led Episcopal with
26 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Senior Sadiq Abubakar contributed
17 points and 10 rebounds,
Episcopal Handles Flint Hill
It has not taken long for the
Episcopal Maroon to step into their stride this season, and they
improved even further on the early season success Saturday night, taking care of the Flint Hill Huskies
by a score of 64-33. Coming off a much closer victory over Bishop Ireton
the night before, the Maroon grabbed an early lead and never looked
back, using the hefty and
boisterous crowd as just extra motivation to take care of business in style.
“It’s always a great win if you can defeat Flint Hill,” acknowledged
Episcopal’s head coach Jim
Fitzpatrick following his team’s victory. “But tonight I think the
difference just was our defense. We really decided to sit down and guard
their sets, defend their guards who are very good, and both our man and
zone were working very well for us.
As the first quarter wore on, Flint Hill was
repeatedly maintaining the longer possessions, but were unable to
capitalize, whereas the Maroon would hustle down the floor quickly and often put away points from
transition play. Huskies’ sophomore point-guard Mortimer Berchie kept
working to keep his team close, including one particularly deep
three-pointer, but by the end of the first Episcopal had already worked
up a 16-8 lead.
Berchie would come out strong again in the second quarter, hitting yet
another deep three, but Sadiq Abubakar would answer back immediately for
Episcopal, draining one of his own from behind the arc. As the teams
headed in for halftime with an Episcopal lead of 24-15, it was the
defense from the Maroon that truly stood out, adamantly refusing Flint
Hill any opportunity to turn the tide.
Episcopal would really break free in the third quarter, led by the same
trio of players that had dominated the rest of the game in Abubakar,
Adala Moto, and David Kagulu-Kalema. Any time that Flint Hill would
produce an impressive offensive possession, and there were a few,
Episcopal would instantly turn around and re-extend their lead.
With the score at 48-22 by the
end of the third, the question had really become by just how much were
Episcopal going to end up taking it, as the big men in the post
continued to have their way with the Huskies’ defense.
As expected, the Maroon would go on to run away with it in the final
quarter, taking it by a final score of 64-33, although leading at one
point by as much as 36.
“I think we have a lot of weapons offensively,” said coach Fitzpatrick
about his team’s success. “We have three guys who are very strong
scorers from the perimeter, also can play a little in the post, and they
all compliment each other very nicely. So I think one of the reasons we
were tough to stop tonight was because we could come at them from so
many different angles.”
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Kalema Hits Floater in OT to Beat Landon
In one of the best games played in
this early IAC season, Landon and Episcopal went down to the wire, and needed overtime and a
tremendous play from Episcopal’s senior guard David Kagulu-Kaleema to
close out the Landon Bears, 57-55.
The game started off with both teams playing very evenly on both
sides of the ball, forcing
turnovers, getting out in transition, and converting tough lay-ups.
Landon was led by their starting backcourt, sophomore Joseph McDonald
and senior Daniel Rubin, who were able to knock down shots and get their
teammates good looks at the basket. Episcopal was led by Kagulu-Kaleema
and junior Sadiq Abubakar, whose freakish athleticism along with his
long-distance shot, made him very difficult to guard all game.
Episcopal’s defense was the story in the first quarter, getting
steals and easy buckets in transition, especially at the end of the quarter. The quarter ended with Episcopal having all of the momentum as
Kagulu-Kaleema stole the ball and went coast
to coast for a dunk to give Episcopal a four-point lead after
the first quarter, 13-9.
However, the second quarter was all about the Bears, whose defense
led to easy transition buckets by McDonald, who led the Bears with eight
first half points. Daniel Rubin and Andrew Roach, Landon’s two
co-captains, were shut out early, but made contributions nonetheless
through their passing and defense, and led the Bears to a 26-22 lead
After halftime, both teams came out red hot in the third quarter,
hitting from all over the court for the first couple minutes, but then
cooling down at the end as both teams seemed to go cold from the field. Landon was able to
increase their lead through steals off their 2-3 zone, going on a quick
4-0 run with back-to-back steals and lay-ups by Daniel Rubin and Addison
Sarter, to give Landon a 39-28 lead with just a minute remaining in the
It appeared the clock may have struck midnight on Episcopal’s chance
to get back into the game, but Kagulu-Kaleema and Abubakar would not
take “no” for an answer. After two tough lay-ups by Kagulu-Kaleema,
Abubakar skied over all the Landon players to get a huge rebound and
putback, and on the very next possession, the junior from Abuja, Nigeria
hit an “NBA-range” three-pointer that cut the once 12-point Landon lead
to just three, 41-44, with just two minutes remaining.
After a pullup three-pointer by McDonald gave the Landon Bears a
six-point lead once again, a tough Adala Moto lay-up, two free throws
made by Kagulu-Kaleema, and a steal by the Maroon gave them a chance to
tie with just a minute remaining; however, a fade away by Adala Moto was
missed and the Bears had the ball with a chance to ice the game. But
the junior, Sadiq Abubakar stole a cross court pass and was fouled on
the ensuing lay-up with just 30 seconds remaining. Abubakar made both
free throws and Landon could not get a shot off before the time went out
and a four-minute overtime period was needed.
At the end of the overtime, after a tip in by Darion Adkins tied the
game at 55 with just 6.8 seconds remaining, Kagulu-Kaleema made a heroic
play in catching the ball from his own free throw line, knifing his way
through Landon’s pressing defense and knocked down the softest floater
from inside the paint with just 1.8 seconds. Landon could not get a shot
off, once again, and the Maroon escaped 57-55 over Landon in overtime.
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Episcopal defeats Landon (57-55) in OT
by Mike Burns
Landon High School traveled to Alexandria to take on Episcopal in
what turned out to be one of the best finishes so far this season. Both
teams were searching for an identity after losing their star players
from last season. There was pressure on many of the players to step up
and prove it is now their time.
The game was back and forth throughout and provided fans with
everything they could have hoped for. The game began with a combination
of good defense and sloppy offense which resulted in a few turnovers.
Eventually Episcopal's defense was able to take control late in the
Momentum changed in the second quarter as Landon begins to take over.
The Bears stellar defense and poise on the offensive side of the floor
allowed them to head into halftime with a 26-22 lead. Landon was able to
keep the momentum going into the second half. The Bears shot the ball
extremely well in the 3rd quarter and built their lead to double digits
with just over a minute left in the 3rd. A key time out was called by
Coach Fitzpatrick and it got his players fired up. The Maroon were able
to close out the quarter trimming the lead to 7.
As the game entered the 4th quarter you could sense that things were
going to get tight in this IAC rivalry. Episcopal kept fighting and
clawing their way back into the game as junior Sadiq Abubakar hit a
clutch three pointer to cut the Landon lead to 3 with about two minutes
remaining. With under a minute remaining, Landon led by 2 and had the
ball with a chance to ice the game. However, Abubaker stepped up huge
with a steal and drove the length of the court for a layup but he was
fouled. The junior was able to make both free throws to tie the game.
Landon had one more chance to win the game in regulation but they were
stopped by Episcopal's tough defense, so to overtime they went.
The game remained tied deep into overtime and with just under 7
seconds left Episcopal had the ball with a chance to win the game but
would have to go the length of the court. The ball was inbounded to
senior guard David Kagulu-Kalema, who drove the length of the court and
put up a running floater from just inside the foul line, which dropped
softly into the net to give Episcopal the overtime victory.
16, 2010- DCSPORTSFAN.COM
Starks Leads Georgetown Prep Past Episcopal
by Brian Kapur
In the highly competitive IAC, which
features three of the area’s top-20 teams, Georgetown Prep, Episcopal
and defending champion Landon have been jockeying for position. On Friday night Georgetown Prep sent
the IAC a resounding message while beating the Maroon 66-50.
The Little Hoyas needed to rely on
poise in the first quarter as
Episcopal built a 16-11
lead. The Maroon fed off a raucous crowd at Episcopal's Centennial
Gymnasium and executed a very up-tempo offensive pace and an aggressive defense to keep Georgetown Prep off balance.
The Little Hoyas struggled on defense
trying to match up against
rangy Sadiq Abubakar, who finished with 20 points, and Arnaud
Adala-Moto, who finished with 12 points, in man-to-man defense.
But by the end of the opening stanza,
Georgetown Prep settled down
and used a 2-3 zone defense to cool off the Maroon's offense and force
them into jump shots. The change worked to perfection and turned the
tide with a 13-0 run.
"We needed to change how we covered
their bigs because they were
difficult for us to cover (in man),” Georgetown Prep head coach Dwayne
Bryant said. "We had to slow them down and used a zone to use our size
and force them into jumpers. Thankfully it worked."
"Prep really played a nice zone,"
Fitzpatrick said. "We got some good
looks from outside but we couldn't hit them because
we were out of
rhythm. We got tight and stopped going inside, and you just can’t live
off the three-point shot and lost our offensive balance."
JAN. 16, 2010- THEWASHINGTONPOST.COM
Starks leads Georgetown Prep to win
By Josh Barr
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Starks scored 28 points and had four
assists, leading 13th-ranked
Georgetown Prep to a 66-50 victory over 14th-ranked Episcopal in a
meeting of Interstate Athletic Conference leaders in Alexandria.
Keeping it close: Episcopal guard
Sadiq Abubakar, a junior from
Nigeria in his first year at the Alexandria boarding school, scored 15
of his 20 points in the first half.
|JAN. 30, 2010- DCSPORTSFAN.COM
Landon Gets Revenge Over Episcopal
by Jamie Lovegrove
It may seem like it’s been a while
since Episcopal's overtime
victory over Landon on January 12th, but to most players on the court
this past Friday night, it appeared fresh on their minds. Episcopal played well, but the Bears lead
the whole way, and walked away with the 64-50 victory.
The Bears came out firing early,
storming out to a first quarter
lead. By the end of the
quarter the Bears had jumped out to a 15-6 lead, a fact that may have
shaken a confident Episcopal Maroon team.
This wake-up call seemed to have some
effect on the Maroon in the
second, as some more progressive,
thought-out play created more scoring
opportunities. Meanwhile, they
put pressure on the Bears down the other end of the court, utilizing
their size for some suffocating defense. Although the Maroon showed more
promising signs, including some nice plays from Sadiq Abubakar, they
still found themselves trailing 25-18 at halftime.
Darion Atkins came out looking to
increase the lead early in the
second, as he created space for a layup, and then finished a put back on
the next possession. Despite some more strong plays from Abubakar,
Landon's depth helped them through.
Abubakar's fast start looked to get
Episcopal back in a more
reasonable position early, but insistent replies from McDonald and
Atkins continued to buoy the Bears. The increasingly fast-tempo of play
was causing turnovers for both sides, but this seemed to be marginally
favoring the Maroon, as the gap narrowed once more.
As Rubin nailed an open three, and
Wellington hit another long one as
the shot clock buzzer sounded on the ensuing possession, it was
becoming ever more hard to see an Episcopal comeback as a possibility.
An immediate response from Abubakar with one of his own was promising,
but nothing seemed to be enough for the Maroon to fight back level.
Landon kept controlled in the
final minutes to close out the win successfully, as perfect free throw
shooting put the game out of sight.
11, 2010- DCSPORTSFAN.COM
Top 10 Players in the IAC
by Jamie Lovegrove
Sadiq Abubakar (Episcopal,
Alongside teammate David Kagulu-Kalema,
Abubakar has led the Maroon nobly from the guard position this season,
and can consistently be relied upon to produce when Episcopal needs him.
Abubakar’s ridiculous athleticism helps him immensely in all aspects of
the game, and his 15.6 points per game leads a formidable group of
Maroon players this season. As the playoffs approach, Abubakar will hope
to continue his strong run of play as he attempts to help take down
favorites Landon and Georgetown Prep, but the fact that he has another
year left at Episcopal might be what is most exciting to head coach Jim
|FEB. 14, 2010- EPISCOPALHIGHSCHOOL.ORG
EHS 73 - St. Stephen's / Agnes 43
by Jim Fitzpatrick, Head Coach
The Episcopal Boys Varsity Basketball team hosted
cross-town rival St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School on Sunday
afternoon in Centennial Gymnasium. Episcopal won the game by a final
score of 73-43, and with this victory Episcopal's record stands at 11-5
overall, 4-4 in the IAC.
Episcopal held a slight advantage at the end of the first quarter
(12-8), but the team found a way to beat the St. Stephen's full-court
pressure and half-court trapping in the second quarter. Four players for
the Maroon tallied baskets in the second eight minutes of play, but the
inspired play of Junior Sadiq Abubakar helped provide the early cushion
for the home team. Abubakar tallied 11 points in the quarter, and three
of his five baskets came from his teammates assists. At the half Episcopal led 31-20, but this
was a familiar position for these two teams. In January's match-up
between these two teams, Episcopal led 35-26 at the half, but only ended
up winning the game by a score of 55-54. Despite the half-time lead on
Sunday, Episcopal knew that their second-half performance would
ultimately decide this basketball game.
Fortunately for Episcopal and all of the Maroon Faculty and Fans in
attendance, the team played an even better second half of basketball.
EHS jumped all over the Saints in the third quarter, out-scoring their
opponents by a 24-13 margin. In the quarter Abubakar had 8 points,
Sophomore Arnaud Adala Moto had 9, and Tier Gibbons "came up big" with
five points off of two very tough buckets in the paint. The fourth
quarter was more of the same as Episcopal tallied 18 points and the
Saints scored only 10. Episcopal came away with
the important IAC and VIS State victory by a final score of 73-43.
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Abubakar and Adala-Moto Lead Episcopal's African Revolution
by Jamie Lovegrove
Episcopal’s Jim Fitzpatrick is in a
unique situation for a high school
basketball coach. Working at a boarding
school, he is given the opportunity to be creative in his search
for young men with high-caliber academics as well as high-caliber
basketball talent. Bringing in international players is something that
not many coaches in the area have a chance
to do, but Fitzpatrick has capitalized on his situation successfully.
Specifically, he has focused on
bringing in students from the
continent of Africa, working with specific individuals who can match the
rigorous academic standards
required, as well as produce on the court at Episcopal. In recent years
this program has produced such
talents as Given Kalipinde (Loyola Marymount), originally from Zambia,
and Yao Sithole (Skidmore), a South African native.
Now, however, there is a new wave of
African talent at the Alexandria
boarding school and this talent is now headlined by junior Sadiq
Abubakar from Nigeria and sophomore Arnaud Adala-Moto from Cameroon.
For the last couple of years before
coming to Episcopal, Sadiq
Abubakar had to live in an entirely different city than his parents, the
Nigerian capital of Abuja, in order to get a better Nigerian education. Living alongside his older
brother, Abubakar moved to Abuja, far from his parents’ small village,
in hopes of receiving a greater education and having the possibility of
one day of moving to America.
This year that hope became a reality,
as Fitzpatrick was able to
bring this diligent, intellectual student over. He has already begun to
excel both on and off the court, making his impact on the IAC while
simultaneously maintaining an impressive GPA. Although IAC basketball
has presented a new challenge to this true junior, he has nonetheless
become the leading scorer for the Maroon, and Fitzpatrick describes him
as one of the better defenders they have had at the school.
“Sadiq works harder than any player
I’ve ever coached,” asserted
Coach Fitzpatrick. “He’s constantly in the gym on his own, he’s always
working on his shot with teammates, so I know that his work ethic will
propel him into becoming a truly great player. He is learning every day, he is getting better every day,
and he is really a thrill to coach.”
A scoring guard, Abubakar is adept at
finding several different ways
to put the ball in the basket, and he particularly shines in transition.
Also notable for his shutdown defense, he has been relied upon
constantly throughout the season to shutdown the best player on the
opposing team, and he always plays above the rim. Averaging 15.7 points
and 7.4 rebounds per game, Abubakar’s impact in the IAC has certainly
been felt in his first year on the scene.
“The other reason why these two guys
make my job so much easier is
that they really understand their roles on the team,” noted Fitzpatrick.
“When I’m coaching 13 guys, the most important thing I preach is that
they are all valuable to the team in their own unique way, and Arnaud
and Sadiq have really bought on to that concept.”
With such talented young players, the
next level is always a key
focus for the high school coach, and focusing some attention on where
they will be in the future. The long and sometimes intimidating college recruiting process has begun for both Abubakar and
Adala-Moto, although Fitzpatrick believes it is important not go
overboard with it just yet, and allow them to keep their options open. Right now, the pair
continues to focus on school, and developing their basketball skills –
the college aspect will continue to work its way through in the
At this point, the sky truly is the
limit for these two gifted
athletes, and there is no reason to believe that they cannot use what
they have achieved already in their first season in the IAC to their
advantage as their careers progress.
“Both of these players have such outstanding
potential,” Fitzpatrick said. “As for Sadiq, I’ve
never coached a player who is physically as strong, or athletically as
gifted. In terms of sheer power and athleticism, Sadiq is a true
FEB. 18, 2010- ALEXANDRIA TIMES
Maroon cruise in rivalry rematch
By Austin Danforth
Twelve days removed from their last game, a seven-point loss to powerful Georgetown Prep, the Episcopal boys basketball team wanted a shot at someone else. A Valentine's day matinee with cross-town rivals St. Stephen's/ St. Agnes turned out to be just the tonic they needed. Behind a combined 58 points from their Big Three - senior David Kagulu-Kalema, junior Sadiq Abubakar and sophomore Arnaud Adala-Moto - the host Maroon feasted on the less-polished Saints for a 73-43 win.
When the teams first met late last month, it was Kagulu-Kalema's two free throws with less than 20 seconds left that sealed the one-point victory. This time around, it was a dominating first half from Abubakar and a solid all-around showing by Adala-Moto that did the trick. Abubakar led all scorers with 28 points - including 16 of the Maroon's 31 first-half points - while the 6-foot-5 Adala-Moto added 14 points to go along with 11 rebounds and three blocks.
Leading by 11 after two periods, the Maroon came out of halftime with a stylish 17-6 run that was all Abubakar and Adala-Moto. The second-half burst and the Big Three proved too much for a rusty saints team that had practiced just once since their last game on February 4, according to head coach Kevin McLinton. "All three pose different challenges for you and they're three different players, so what you have to do is match that," McLinton said, "The first game we did a good job but today, obviously, we didn't."
|FEB. 23, 2010- EPISCOPALHIGHSCHOOL.ORG
EHS 61 -
Georgetown Prep 42
by Jim Fitzpatrick, Head Coach
The Episcopal Boys' Varsity Basketball
team avenged two earlier
losses in the season to the IAC Tournament's #1 seed by defeating the
Georgetown Prep Little Hoya's on Tuesday night in the 3rd place game of
the IAC Tournament. EHS finished in a tie for third place overall in the
IAC based on the point system that the league has in place.
EHS and Georgetown Prep were both a
bit sluggish to start the game,
and Prep went inside early to their two 6'7 post players to score some
easy baskets in the first half. Episcopal would also find a way to get
to the rim in transition, and the Maroon held an 11-9 advantage after
the first quarter. The second period belonged to Georgetown Prep for the
first few minutes, and EHS found themselves in some foul trouble as
well as struggling to find a way to score. This is when Sadiq Abubakar
began to take over for the Maroon. The Junior from Nigeria poured in 11
points in the quarter and was able to give Episcopal the edge at half by
a score of 23-20.
The third quarter would be one of the most
dominating performances of the year for the Maroon. Five different players tallied at least one
field goal for Episcopal, and the team out-scored the Little Hoya's by a
margin of 21-5 in the quarter. The lead for EHS was 19 points heading
into the fourth quarter, and this would also be the margin for the
final score of the game. Episcopal won the game by a
final margin of 61-42.