The Avalon Black Knights, despite a rough start to the weekend Sidwell Friends Tournament, a 71-41 loss to Friendship Collegiate, finished the tournament on the highest note possible: two consecutive victories with double digit margins.
After narrowing the gap in the Friendship Collegiate game, making the game close with a strong third quarter, the Black Knights were unable to hold on, as they only scored four points in the fourth quarter on their way to a 30 point drubbing to the later third place finisher FCA.
The IDEA game was a whole different story. Coming into the game, IDEA had scored 12 total points against Sidwell in their last game. Avalon started the game off slow, with six points in the first quarter to IDEA’s 9.
However, they took off in the second and never looked back, laying 29 on IDEA in the quarter alone en route to a 58-34 victory. This game also marked senior guard Emmett Sloan’s first game back from a potentially season- ending injured elbow, where he scored four points, grabbed three boards, and two steals.
Junior Zamir Courtney led the Black Knights in scoring, in a game where everyone scored with great team play. Zamir finished with 18 points, five boards, and three steals.
The next leading scorer was Rachid Ibrahim with six points, and 10 rebounds, all of which he had by halftime. Jimmy Davern, Ethan Heiser, Bert Mayo, and Phil Corcoran all got four points, Kory Foland got five, Conor Sloan and Tracy Johnson got three apiece, John Paul McPherson got two, and Simone Rafaelli scored one point.
The Black Knights looked to continue their winning ways against Baltimore Friends, which they did in fine fashion. Tracy Johnson led the team with 20 points and 5 assists as the Black Knights pulled away from a feisty Friends team in the third quarter, partly due to the abundance of foul shots.
Friends committed 14 fouls in the second half, including the fouling out of two starters and two technical fouls. Emmett Sloan, in just his second game back from injury, put 18 points on the board, as well as grabbed five rebounds and four assists, earning him an All tournament team selection from the Sidwell Tournament.
Rachid Ibrahim also had 14 points and 7 boards, and Phil and Bert combined for 14 points and 16 rebounds with 6 blocks.
Avalon (3-1) takes on Spencerville Academy on Tuesday, then Don Bosco on Thursday.