From the moment of Coolidge Colts’ senior forward Jamall Gregory’s first dunk in the opening quarter, it was clear that his team’s matchup against the Cardozo Clerks would be intense. But the defending District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) champs put on a show at their home court and defeated the Clerks, 76-47, in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 10.
In the first half, Coolidge struggled to find good shots against a high-energy Cardozo defense. Their usual high-tempo style of play was nowhere to be found, with the exception of a pair of high-flying, crowd-pleasing dunks from Gregory.
“I think we started off slow, but that second half we started to pick it up,” said Coolidge Coach Vaughn Jones. “I think Doug Farley did a good job getting us started, but we had a real sluggish start.”
Farley, who averages 12.6 points per game, came out strong with a very fast-paced, physical game. The senior forward’s energy was apparent on both ends of the court, and by the second half, his teammates were on the same page. Farley finished with a game-high 15 points.
Coolidge held a 12-point lead at halftime, but stretched their advantage to 54-35 by the end of the third quarter. The Clerks tried to stay in the game with a host of 3-pointers, but the Colts eventually wore them down with the Farley-Gregory one-two punch. Arkes Gaskins also contributed 14 points.
Cardozo’s junior swingman, Thomas Jackson—whose average of 19.7 points leads the DCIAA—was held to only eight points. The backcourt of senior point guard Jameel Waller and sophomore guard Kelvin Koonce scored 14 and 9 points, respectively.
“Tonight we just really wanted to attack Cardozo because we knew they were a little small,” said Jones. “We want to play fast, but we need to play under control. We want to have controlled chaos.”
The victory over Cardozo marked the Colts’ seventh win in eight games, and they remain undefeated (4-0) in their conference. The loss was the first conference defeat for Cardozo (3-1).
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