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



Friday's prep hoops roundup: Hylton boys improve to 2-0


Donald Jones Jr. scored 20 points and Chidozie Omile added 18 points Friday as Hylton’s boys basketball team defeated Patriot 81-58 in a Group AAA non-district game.


Prep boys basketball: Osbourn wins season opener over Hylton

By: Ben Trittipoe

Corey Bedford led Osbourn (1-0) with 21 points, while Robert Carter added 18 for the Eagles. Chidozie Omile posted his third consecutive “double-double” to lead Hylton (2-1) with 17 points and 17 rebounds, and Treyon Crawford added 16 points.

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.

Smith has been pleased with Hylton’s effort thus far, particularly the play of Omile“He has been very consistent for us so far, and I expected that,” Smith said of Omile. “We’re relying on him, Crawford and Jones to be our leaders, and I feel we are getting better each game. We have good character kids, and if we put the pieces of the puzzle together, we believe we can have a very successful season.”



2011-12 High School basketball preview

Basketball preview: AAA Cardinal boys

Top teams

Potomac (23-3), Gar-Field (15-7), Hylton (15-7)

Top players

G Dejon Boyd,Freedom-Woodbridge, 5-11, Sr.

F Josh Brown, Potomac, 6-4, Sr.

F Nick Exposito, Forest Park, 6-5, Sr.

G Zach Fong, Gar-Field, 5-10, Jr.

G/F Chidozie Omile, Hylton, 6-4, Sr.


Potomac nipped Osbourn to win the Northwest Region title last season before falling to Highland Springs in the state quarterfinals. The Panthers lost three of their top four scorers but senior guards Shawn Andrews and Miles Weldon and a talented sophomore class still make the Panthers the favorite....Three teams, not two, from each district will qualify for the region tournament this season. . . . Gar-Field senior QB Ryan Mason sat out last season to focus on football but has rejoined the basketball program.. . .

Player to watch: 6-foot-8 Forest Park freshman F Colin Goss, whose three sisters play or played volleyball at Duquesne, Ole Miss and George Washington.. . . Former Potomac assistant Brian Hooker is the new Woodbridge coach. He will not have the services of F Darius Parson, who led the team with 14.3 ppg last season. The linebacker has committed to Syracuse and is not playing basketball this winter.. . The Bulldogs’ Omile missed all but four games last season with a foot injury.. . . Freedom senior G Kyree Marshall scored 35 points in a season-opening overtime loss to Patriot.



Tuesday's prep hoops roundup


Chidozie Omile scored 33 points for the Bulldogs, who are now 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Cardinal District.



Hylton's Chidozie Omile overcomes foot injury

By: Robert Daski

Chidozie Omile never thought twice about driving to the basket. So the Hylton senior guard/forward seized the opportunity to take the ball inside and hit the running shot during his team’s non-district contest against Battlefield.

The six-foot-four Omile runs up and down court like any player. He is never afraid to shoot or dribble toward the hoop in hopes of converting a field goal. But deep down, Omile is in pain. His foot does not ache as much as last year. Yet there remains discomfort from the bunion that has taken its toll on Omile’s left foot since he was a child.

A bunion is a noticeable bump that makes the bone below the big toe grow outward, causing the toe to be pointed inward. Omile played basketball prior to high school despite the bunion. But one day, the pain became too much to bear. He could hardly walk without the bunion becoming too excruciating. His mother then called their doctor, who recommended Omile come in for surgery.

Last December, Omile underwent a procedure to ease the discomfort so he could walk more comfortably. The surgery cost him his entire junior season and the effects of the surgery lingered well after he left his doctor’s office. “The first two months, I couldn’t walk,” Omile said. “I had to stay at home until I was able to come back and walk on crutches in school.” Being out of action did not hinder Omile’s desire to continue playing. It only motivated him to return in better physical condition.

Omile, whose parents are from Nigeria, was born in Atlanta. His first name in African terminology means “God has repaired.” So come the offseason as Omile’s foot gradually began to heal, he felt himself being able to run more. He awoke at 6 a.m. each morning, put on a weight vest and ran around his neighborhood for one-two hours. Omile then went to the gym to spend three-four hours working out with his personal trainer. “We would just work and do an elliptical, bikes and treadmills,” Omile said. “We would put a lot of weight on my left foot so it could get its power back. So I would be able to put more stress on it. “That gave me the ability to start getting back to my old self. I would just be in the gym everyday preparing and working hard on my game.” He prepared in hopes of having a break-through season. Seven games into this season, his scoring illustrates his commitment to succeed.

Omile has scored at least 13 points in six games. He totaled 33 in the Bulldogs’ 80-62 win over Osbourn Park on Dec. 13. Two games later, Omile overcame a slow start to lead the Bulldogs with 14 points in the loss to Battlefield.

“Going into the season, he knew what we expected of him,” Hylton coach Barry Smith said. “We expected him to not just score, but to rebound, to defend and lead. He’s doing those things. We have a senior-dominated team with 10 seniors. We expected him to lead along with D.J. Jones and the guys that played last year.”

Omile’s endurance is also not in question. Even though he takes Tylenol before each game, he played every minute of Hylton’s 49-47 overtime win against Forest Park on Dec. 9.

Omile does not mind playing at 80 percent. He wants the Bulldogs to win. And at 2-1 in the Cardinal standings, Hylton (4-3) will try improving its third-place position when district competition heats up come January. “I don’t have time to complain about my foot,” Omile said. “I’m just going to play through it.”



Eagles, Bulldogs win at Tournament of Champions



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. “When he wants to settle down and play, he is a very tough match-up. When he gets bored, and ends up holding the ball a little bit longer, he becomes easier to guard,” Hylton’s head coach Barry Smith said. 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.



Delaney and Carter lead Eagles past Bulldogs



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. “35 [Chidozie Omile] is a heck of a player, he’s a tough match-up because he is inside and out, and I thought our guys did a tremendous job defensively early in the game getting him frustrated with limited touches,” coach Mike Dufrene said. 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.


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.



Friday's prep basketball roundup


Chidozie Omile had 23 points for the Bulldogs (8-9, 5-3) and Emonte Rogers 11.



Prep hoops: Potomac boys nip Hylton in OT


With an effective inside game, Potomac’s boys basketball team overcame Hylton 57-55 in overtime and advanced to the Cardinal District championship. “When you’re playing teams for the third time, teams understand what you want to do,” Panthers coach Keith Honore said. “You want to get the other team to play to their weaknesses. “Our point production throughout the year with Michael and [center] Trey [Porter] has been getting better.”

Porter had just two points. But his basket trimmed Hylton’s lead to one, 38-37, with 2:45 remaining in the third quarter. At that point, Hylton (9-13) had come a long way from the 20-9 deficit it faced at the beginning of the second quarter. At that time, Joe Velez’s jumper gave the Panthers their 11-point advantage. Then Hylton countered with a 14-2 run.

Jump shots, layups and free throws from Emonte Rogers, Donald Jones Jr. and Chidozie Omile started to awaken a quiet Hylton crowd. Bulldog fans voiced their approval as their team began stirring up excitement with its ability to run the floor. Potomac (15-6) meanwhile had an answer.

The Panthers extended a one-point halftime lead to eight after their fifth field goal of the third quarter. After Omile’s jumper brought Hylton within one, 28-27, Potomac reeled off seven straight points. Hylton again countered with Omile’s play. Omile, who scored a game-high 19 points, opened the fourth with a layup. With 4:11 left, Treyon Crawford’s layup put Hylton up four.

The Bulldogs, however, hit just two more field goals in regulation. Potomac’s offense tried its best to help its team win. Haynes’s layup tied the score at 49 with 39 seconds left before overtime. The Panthers scored the first four points of the extra four minute frame. Omile hit both Hylton field goals in overtime. His last was a three that brought the Bulldogs within one, 55-54 with 1:06 to go. Haynes countered with a layup and Hylton managed only one point the rest of the way.



All-district boys and girls basketball teams


Prep basketball

 All-district teams



First team

G Marcus Knight, Gar-Field Sr.

F Chidozie Omile, Hylton Sr.

G Shawn Andrews, Potomac Sr.

F Randy Haynes, Potomac So.

F Kyree Marshall, Freedom Sr.

G Cameron Smith, Osbourn Park So.

G Curtis Lovitt, Gar-Field Jr.