GAITHERSBURG- The Avalon Black Knights entered their January 26 game against Covenant Life having lost three straight. Avalon came out having broken that streak, holding off Covenant Life’s comeback attempt and winning 67-56. Senior guard Emmett Sloan led the team with 19 points, and guard Zamir Courtney followed with 11.
“We prepared like we always do, I think in a few of our losses we played really well, we just didn’t come out with the win,” said Avalon coach Kevin Davern. “I always say as long as you play well, the wins will take care of themselves.”
Avalon led for the majority of the game, but was never able to ensure the lead until the final few minutes.
A combination of both moving too fast on offense at and poor shooting days for both Sloan (7/19) and point guard Tracy Johnson (2/15, 1/8 from 3- point range). This allowed Covenant Life to close the lead to just five at the end of the third quarter.
However, Avalon was able to shut down the Cougars’ 3- point offense in the last minutes, particularly against Cougar guards Kevin Snyder and Nate Latinsky (total of 18 points). The Black Knights also sank important foul shots and got points in transition, on their way to a 22 point fourth quarter, when they were finally able to close the game.
“We were finally able to actually make our shots,” said Davern. “We had some open looks that we really needed to make, and we finally made them at the end there. They have really good guard play, and one of their best players wasn’t even here, but we were able to contain them there.”
Avalon dominated many aspects of the game, grabbing 44 rebounds. Junior Berthin Mayo snagged a team high 10.
The Black Knights also recorded 10 steals, four from senior Rachid Ibrahim.
Avalon followed the Covenant Life victory a few days later with an impressive victory over MAC opponent Georgetown Day School.