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Jan. 8, 2006

Sherwood shreds JV boys' basketball

by Abe Schwadron, Online Managing Editor

As the JV boy's basketball team sulked off the court on Friday night, guard Quentin Snively snuck one last peek at the scoreboard. What Snively saw made him shake his head. The Blazers fell to the Sherwood Warriors, 55-44, in a game marred by Blair's sloppy play and cold shooting, dropping their record to 4-3.

Snively blamed the loss on the lack of hustle shown by him and his fellow teammates. "[Sherwood] outran us. We just started acting lazy. We thought we had the game won," he said.

The Blazers missed their first eight shots of the game, including several open looks from the perimeter. "We got started slow, but when that happens we can always pick it up," said Blair coach Emanuel Charles. Late in the first quarter, the Blazers did pick up their play, sparked by back-to-back buckets from Snively with less than two minutes to play. At the end of the first quarter, the Blazers led, 13-12, despite looking unorganized on offense.

In the second quarter, Sherwood went to their pressure defense, forcing Blair to lose their cool and commit numerous turnovers. The ill-advised play from the Blazers left them with just four points in the period with two and a half minutes to go. Charles pointed to the Blazers' lack of experience in handling the press. "They were much more poised than we were," he said. But freshman guard Wayne Henderson hit a deep three-pointer with less than two minutes to play, and heading into halftime, the Blazers led 22-21.

Sherwood opened the second half on an 11-0 run, giving them a ten-point lead—one they wouldn't relinquish for the rest of the game. "When you find yourself in a hole, it's tough to fight your way back," said Charles. The Blazers scored just one field goal in the third quarter, a step-back three from Henderson, and had a stretch of seven straight possessions that resulted in no points, including four straight turnovers coming out of a timeout.

Blair looked lost on offense in the quarter, and several Blazers could be seen standing still on the perimeter, watching one player go one-on-one. "We weren't setting good screens. They read our offense perfectly," commented Snively, who scored the only other point for the Blazers in the quarter on a free throw. Charles agreed with Snively, saying, "We couldn't execute the offense. The guys don't set correct screens." The Warriors outscored the Blazers 18-4 in the period, exposing Blair's lackadaisical defense. At the conclusion of the third quarter, Sherwood led 39-26.

Blair started the fourth quarter with energy, using their pressure defense to rattle the Warriors. With five minutes to play, sophomore Milton Colquehon sparked the Blazers on offense. On one particular possession, Colquehon looked inside to sophomore Howard Robinson. But Robinson wasn't looking, and the ball was batted back to the three-point line, where Colquehon grabbed it and soared through the lane for two points.

Colquehon and sophomore Rex Jarrett provided a combined nine points in the quarter, playing with the enthusiasm Charles was looking for in his lackluster team. The Blazers cut Sherwood's lead to as little as seven on an amazing five points in five seconds by Snively. But the Blazers' individual efforts fell short, as Sherwood knocked down clutch free throws with fewer than three minutes to play, securing the 55-44 victory.

Henderson and Colquehon each added six points and Jarrett contributed five points in the loss, the Blazers' third on the year. Snively led the Blazers in scoring in the contest, finishing with 16 points. But despite his stellar play, Snively was quick to downplay his personal performance. "There's no point to me getting those points if my team doesn't win," he said.

JV boys' basketball's next game is at 5:15 p.m. at Magruder Jan. 9.

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  • blazer on January 8, 2006 at 5:49 PM
    im sorry, but why are there so many jv articles? i wanna hear about varsity. there are barely any varsity sports articles on here. and no one even cares about jv.
  • another blazer on January 9, 2006 at 2:50 PM
    we do care about JV because they are the next varsity players and they are still a school team... HOWEVER, it would be nice to read about the varsity games, theres nothing from the last like... 3 games or so. I love to hear about JV bcuz they are a BLAIR team, but the varsity team needs to b written about too. GO BLAZERS!
  • Blazer on January 9, 2006 at 7:03 PM
    I think that Silver Chips just support the underdogs. But JV is tight, its good to know wats up with a lil ones
  • once again on January 10, 2006 at 5:01 PM
    *** Reserve guard Pan failed to get any minutes playing during the game. In fact, Pan has not played this season. "I don't know why they won't play me," said Pan. "I have what it takes to be great." Pan looks forward to the next game with a ravenous hunger as he hunts for playing time. ***

    There's my addition. Its legit.
  • DubBlazer on January 10, 2006 at 11:13 PM
    Blazer what do you mean about you dont care about Jv.,Jv is going to be the varsity team of the future I can see them going to states "Dont hear or watch Jv go watch tv"
  • once again reply on January 10, 2006 at 11:18 PM
    Pan you need to chill out. man your gonna play sooner or later. maybe in practice if you do what the coach ask you to do you'll get pt. word iz you play scared and no coach wants a scared player on the team expecially at the point guard spot when you are the general on the court. I see you at lunch frying on the court but those kids are garbage. also remember you are a freshmen.
  • blazer on January 10, 2006 at 11:29 PM
    Why do yall fry us when we lose and then when we win yall make it seem like we just won a championship. yall aint true fans young. Things are about to change around here jv and varsity need more respect because all yall do is pay 3 dollars and watch us play but yall dont know what goes of the court we aint livin easy its tough. we are here from 7-7 5 days a week and we come on saturday to lift weight and practice. yea maybe Pan dosent get pt that because itz his first year he is still learning
  • blazer on January 10, 2006 at 11:30 PM
    are you sure Pan said that?
  • Blazer Baller (View Email) on January 16, 2006 at 10:23 PM
    I can understand his frustration but even though were jv we desrve articles cause were still a school team and we also appreciate this articles negative or positve it's like are sports center it's nice to know what the rest of the school is thinking.

    P.s. practice may end at seven but most of us get home at almost 9:30
  • Blazer Baller (View Email) on January 16, 2006 at 10:25 PM
    by the way we blew out walter johnson on friday and my man leon A.K.A BIG nasty had 15 points 15 rebounds
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