Prince George’s County Clash

The DeMatha Stags got their seventh conference win last night by defeating Bishop McNamara 90-75 at Kathy & Morgan Wootten Gymnasium. The game was a lot closer than it would appear, but the story of the night was the fact that DeMatha was able to bounce back after a tough loss at the Hoop Hall Classic in Springfield on Monday. There is no hiding the fact that this DeMatha team isn’t perfect, with their own unique set of problems and a blemish on their 16-1 record.

No one is aware of that fact more than DeMatha Head Coach Mike Jones and he has demonstrated as much with his willingness to experiment with line-ups in order to increase production. Brock Ruble, a 6’9” sophomore, got the start versus McNamara over BeeJay Anya after what many are calling a lackluster showing for The Cookie Monster against Bishop Gorman.

The Cookie Monster instantly became one of my favorite DeMatha players during his freshman year when he came into the game for the first time and promptly made two free throws. The big guy has struggled of late from the line: he went 0-2 against Bishop Gorman and the trend continued against McNamara. It is disappointing to see a kid struggle with his shooting mechanics when it appears to be a regression, but I understand that this is actually all a result of BeeJay’s hard work at transforming his body.

The rest of the DeMatha team can’t really make that excuse and whatever woes The Cookie Monster has been having from the charity stripe are the latest symptom of a greater problem. The Stags haven’t been shooting well from the free-throw line, as a whole, and McNamara was able to tie the game at 44. Granted, the Stags would end up winning the game by a fairly large margin but DeMatha isn’t going to be able to afford to allow teams to hang around.

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