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2011-12 VARSITY SEASON

 

DEC. 1, 2011- INSIDE NOVA.COM

HYLTON 59, BROOKE POINT 58

Chidozie Omile had 22 points and 18 rebounds as the Bulldogs won their regular-season opener. Lester Daniels added 11 points.

 

DEC. 6, 2011- INSIDE NOVA.COM

Prep boys basketball: Osbourn wins season opener over Hylton

By: Ben Trittipoe

Last season, the Osbourn boys basketball team used a relentless pressure defense and an opportunistic, fast-breaking offense to carry it to the first state playoff berth in school history. The Eagles opened their 2011-12 campaign Monday and it appears the formula will remain the same.

Osbourn broke the game open with a 14-3 run to start the third quarter and held off a Hylton rally in the fourth quarter to defeat the Bulldogs, 72-63, in a non-district contest in Manassas. Osbourn’s Raphael Edwards (eight points, team-high 10 rebounds) opened the third quarter with a short jumper to break a 29-29 tie, and after Omile hit one of two free throws for Hylton, the Eagles took control. Their full-court pressure forced three Bulldog turnovers in the first three minutes of the second half and led to three fast-break baskets that gave Osbourn a 39-32 lead. As Hylton went cold from the field – hitting just one of its first nine shots – the Eagles pushed the advantage to 43-32 as Denzel Lay hit one of two free throws with 2 minutes, 25 seconds left in the quarter.

Osbourn took a 51-39 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs rallied behind Crawford (nine points), Omile (five) and Lester Daniels (nine points, all in the fourth), who combined for all but one of Hylton’s 24 points in the final period. Crawford’s three-point basket with 4:56 remaining brought the deficit under 10 points, and a free throw and layup by Daniels got the Bulldogs within 59-53 a minute later.

But that was as close as Hylton would get. The Bulldogs twice more cut the Osbourn lead to six, the last at 68-62 with 43 seconds left, but the Eagles hit four of eight free throws while Hylton missed several shots down the stretch.

 

DEC. 27, 2011- INSIDE NOVA.COM

Eagles, Bulldogs win at Tournament of Champions

 

By: MATTHEW MCCRACKEN

In back to back games, fans present for the first round of the Glory Days Grill Tournament of Champions at Lake Braddock witnessed the second half comeback of the Osbourn Eagles (8-0) over Robinson Rams, 62-53, and the four quarters of domination by the Hylton Bulldogs (5-4) over Herndon Hornets, 59-45.

In the later game, Hylton senior Chidozie Omile scored 16 of the Bulldogs 23 first quarter points. Only scoring five more points after the first quarter, Omile finished with 21 points and five rebounds. Senior Lester Daniels took over the work load offensively as he finished the game with 15 points and five rebounds.

   

DEC. 28, 2011- INSIDE NOVA.COM

Delaney and Carter lead Eagles past Bulldogs

 

By: MATTHEW MCCRACKEN

The Osbourn Eagles (8-0) soared over the Hylton Bulldogs (5-5) in a 77-59 victory in the second round of the Glory Days Grill Tournament of Champions at Lake Braddock High. Hylton was held to 59 points total, with only seven in the first quarter and 13 in the fourth. The Eagles’ offense kept their foot on the gas despite numerous travel calls in the first by scoring 19 in the quarter.

Osbourn, who beat Hylton earlier in the year, still had the key to success against the Bulldogs in stopping No. 35. Omile, who scored 16 points in the first quarter against Herndon on Mon., didn’t score a point until half way through the second quarter. He finished with 14 points, being the second leading scorer on the team behind Lester Daniels.

“He [Daniels] hit some shots, but those shots didn’t kill us,” coach Dufrene said. Daniels finished with 21 points, but was overshadowed by the defensive play of Osbourn and their back-court starters, Cedrick Delaney and Robert Carter.

 

DEC. 28, 2011- WUSA9.COM

Holiday Tournaments: Tuesday Recap


WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Holiday basketball tournaments pair up teams that wouldn't normally play, giving us in the media a good gauge of how well certain squads are gelling. 

Here is a list of the games I saw Tuesday and some key observations about players and their teams.

-Godwin (Richmond) 49, Robinson girls 46

-Osbourn 62, Robinson 53

-Hylton 59, Herndon 45

Observation number one: The Northwest region in Virginia can hoop it up.

Osbourn, Hylton and Battlefield each won on Tuesday with relative ease.

Osbourn: The Eagles' pressure defense forced at least 15 Robinson turnovers. This is a team that prays on opponents' mistakes then runs them out of the building. The Eagles went from trailing by 13 at one point to up 15. Guard Robert Carter scored 22 points on several nice finishes near the basket. With an array of strong rebounders like Raphael Edwards (18 points), the Eagles should be playing in states.

Hylton: A 23 point first quarter spurred by three triples from senior Chidozi Omile (21 points) paced the Eagles the entire way against an undermanned Herndon team (missing leading scorer Patrick McLaughlin due to soccer). Hylton isn't stacked like Osbourn by any means, but they play efficient basketball by eating the clock and taking good shots. Forward Lester Daniels was a terror on defense and ran well in transition.

 

2010-11 VARSITY SEASON

 

FEB. 9, 2011- DALE CITY PATCH.COM

Hylton Rests Starters in Loss to Forest Park

By Gresham Harkless

The Hylton Bulldogs (14-4) fell to the Forest Park Bruins (12-8) 59-46 on Senior Night Tuesday. As each of the Bulldog seniors were escorted by their families on to the court, they were applauded by the Hylton crowd. Hylton’s leading guard Kendall Hargrove did not play in the game, and Hylton head coach Smith rested his star players for most of the game.

With members of a small crowd of Hylton students shouting “It’s a scrimmage,” the Bruins led for most of the game in a sloppy game for both teams. Bulldog starter Micah Parker scored nine points in the first half and did not play most of the second half. Junior guard Lester Daniels scored eight points in the second half to tie with Parker to lead the Bulldogs in scoring.

 

FEB. 12, 2011- INSIDE NOVA.COM

Gar-Field tops Hylton in boys basketball

By: Ben Trittipoe

With three Hylton starters sitting out Friday night’s boys basketball game, many in the crowd at Gar-Field likely expected the Indians to have a relatively easy time putting away the visiting Bulldogs in the season finale for both teams. But, as has been proven time and again this season, nothing comes easy in the Cardinal District. Gar-Field and Hylton battled down to the wire before the Indians pulled away at the end to take a 47-41 victory.

The win secured the No. 2 seed in next week’s Cardinal District Tournament for Gar-Field (15-6, 9-3 Cardinal). The Indians and third-seeded Bulldogs (14-5, 8-4) get a chance to do it all over again Tuesday as they meet in a semifinal game at Potomac High School at 7:30 p.m. Top-seeded and tournament host Potomac faces No. 4 Forest Park in the opening game of Tuesday’s doubleheader at 6 p.m.

The Bulldogs held their own against veteran Gar-Field through the first quarter and with Julian Bolton scoring all eight of his points, they trailed by just 15-13 at the end of the quarter. Hylton continued to play well in the second quarter and a layup by Lester Daniels (team-high nine points) with 1 minute, 48 seconds left in the first half gave the Bulldogs their biggest lead at 22-17. A Marcus Knight basket for Gar-Field cut the margin to 22-19 at intermission.

“We didn’t expect them to be a pushover, as they have a tremendous set of athletes,” Gar-Field head coach Andy Gray said. “They are a tough matchup for us physically, and their depth is a big reason they are a great basketball team.”