Tuesday, September 6, 2016

2020 Star Power Ensure a Bright Future for the DMV - The Area is in Great Hands

WASHINGTON, DC - Gonzaga’s Terrance Williams and Dematha’s Hunter Dickinson each scored 18 points with each adding ten rebounds to help propel Team Uptown in the annual Coach Francis Classic.
Standing 7 feet, Dematha’s Hunter Dickinson was the tallest player participating in the annual Coach Francis Classic.  

With a full-court weave to the rim that had the backboard shaking after a powerful dunk Dickinson along with Che Evan’s who soared through the air for an array of acrobatic rim rattlers of his own, might have drew the biggest response from the crowd filling the bleachers at St. Johns College High School in Chevy Chase, Washington, DC on Friday August 26th.

The nationally-recognized contingent of the Team Uptown All-Stars defeated an equally adept group of national names on the Team Downtown All-Stars, 84-76, but only after a missed free-throw clanged off the front of the rim with under a minutes to play that would have cut Uptowns lead to two and resulted in a fast-break on the other end was the game ultimately decided. 

Both teams featuring recruits headed to area powerhouse programs such as, Gonzaga, Dematha, St. Frances, Mt. St. Joe’s, PVI, Bishop O’Connell, Clinton Christian, Delaney, John Carroll, St. Mary’s Ryken, and the host school St. Johns College/High School - Myles Stute awakened the crowd and kept their attention throughout with his combination outside shooting and slashes to the rim for some very exciting finishes. 

Jordan Toles, who has been battling injury and is headed to St. Frances with new 2020 member Anthony Thomas, is already receiving attention from colleges.  Cameron Byers is headed to a loaded John Carroll team and will look to take advantage of a national schedule to showcase his talents.
The teams started out hot as Keyshawn Johnson and Austin Allison locked in from outside. But no lead was secure for long as O’Connell’s Dimingus Stevens and Mt. St. Joe’s Tyler Brelsford lead breaks while each hitting perimeter buckets, another O’Connell commit Treyvon Todd was very active in the paint looking to block any shot attempted.  Earl Timberlake showed great  versatility (Clinton Christion) dishing out a game high 7-assist and contributing some amazing blocks.  Mike Sumner was exciting and explosive with great size and Cory Barns was his normally tough-self putting in work on both ends. 

“Everyone on either team is used to being a star on their team,  yet everyone brought in for last time as they said a final good-bye and hello to their high school careers” Francis said.  “It meant a lot to have the kids and families show up tonight, being here says a lot about the players but even more about the parents and families who understood the true value in meaning of the evening.  Sometimes its about more than the game and tonight on so many levels was about that as it is each year for this Friday night grand finale!   

This year there were three Coach Francis Classic MVP Awards given amongst other very deserving candidates Myles Stute  with 23 points and 7 rebounds, finishing one duck so hard he he swung from the rim and Co-MVPs Hunter Dickinson and Terrance Williams whose contested dunks was one of the highlight plays of the entire evening

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