DeMatha turns back McNamara once again
Stags hold off Mustangs, prepare for national television appearance.
The DeMatha High School basketball team got 22 points from Naji Hibbert on Sunday as the Stags earned a 52-46 win at Bishop McNamara. The win gave DeMatha a season sweep against its county rival in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. The Stags turned back McNamara, 68-54, in Hyattsville on Jan. 16.
DeMatha has won seven in a row and is now 22-3 heading into Tuesday night's nationally televised game at O'Connell (Va.). The game will tip off at 9 p.m. and will be shown on ESPNU.
McNamara fought back to tie the game at 38-38 in the fourth quarter, but a 3-pointer by Hibbert gave the Stags a lead they wouldn't relinquish. DeMatha went 9 of 10 at the foul line in the fourth quarter to seal the win. McNamara dropped to 18-8 overall, 11-5 in the WCAC. Mustangs' senior Rashad Whack hit a milestone in the game, becoming the sixth player in WCAC history to surpass 1,000 career points.
Riverdale Baptist 67, McNamara 46
Riverdale won its 12th game in a row on Saturday, as Tianna Hawkins led the Crusaders (19-2) with 27 points and 12 rebounds, while Ataira Franklin added 12 points and eight rebounds. Cierra Strickland led McNamara with 12 points.
Riverdale Baptist's last loss was a 52-49 setback against Brea Olinda (Calif.) High at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix on Dec. 22. After dispatching of McNamara, the Crusaders will take on another Washington Catholic Athletic Conference opponent tonight with a 7 p.m. tipoff at home against Holy Cross, which ended last week with a 16-7 mark, including an 11-3 record in the WCAC.
Riverdale will travel to face Montrose Christian on Wednesday, and then the Crusaders will wrap up the season against one of the state's perennial public school powers as they travel to Arundel High on Feb. 23. Arundel (15-3) was the state Class 4A runner up to Eleanor Roosevelt last season, losing a 52-50 decision in the state title game.