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2012-13 VARSITY SEASON

 

DEC. 4, 2012- STEP YOURGAMEUP-BOYSHIGHSCHOOL.TUMBLR.COM

Manassas Park avenges last week’s loss to Freedom (South Riding)

By Jay Jackson

(MANASSAS PARK, Va.) - What a difference a week makes. After traveling to Freedom exactly one week ago and getting run out of South Riding, Manassas Park, bolstered by the presence of senior LaQuan Gaines-Ward, who did not play in last week's meeting, defeats Freedom (South Riding) 69-61.

The Cougars started fast and led 21-9 after the 1st quarter. A rare 4 point play, three-pointer and foul shot, by Manassas Park guard Nasser Smith made it 34-20 with 2:37 left in the half. Freedom (South Riding) would battle back and a vicious two-handed follow up dunk at the buzzer by senior Andrew Ajilore closed the gap to 37-29 at the half.  

Manassas Park opened things up in the 3rd quarter and led 49-38 going into the 4th. Down 50-40, with 5:30 to go, The Eagles (1-2), fueled by Step Your Game Up's Darren Hawkins and Ajilore, went on a 15-7 run and after consecutive baskets by Hawkins, Manassas Park's lead was down to 2 with 3:01 remaining.

The Cougars were determined not to let it slip away. Smith buried two huge three-point shots and Gaines-Ward scored on a driving lay up to extend Manassas Park's lead. Smith and Gaines-Ward closed the game out on the foul line as Manassas Park would go on to win 69-61.

Freedom (South Riding) was led by Hawkins who had a game-high 23 points and 4 steals, while Ajilore added 22 points and 13 rebounds. Manassas Park's Smith had a team-high 21 and Gaines-Ward provided 15.

 

 

 


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