Copeland Pushes Into OT, But Wolverines Lose
Senior's clutch three gets West Potomac to overtime where Wakefield holds on for the win
With 10 seconds to go in the game and the West Potomac Wolverines down by three, Wolverines Senior Daryl Copeland brought the ball up court, dribbled right, then cut across the top of the key heaving the ball up off balanced but it did not matter as the ball hit it's mark and dropped through with 1.3 seconds to go and the Wolverines had tied it up and sent the game into overtime.
"That was an incredible shot," said Wakefield Warriors Coach Tony Bentley, "I had told the guys to watch for a three but when that shot went up there was no way to have defended it and it went in. There is nothing we could have done about it."
West Potomac has grown to expect these sorts of heroics from Copeland over his three years on the varsity team.
"He made a great shot and I really thought that would propel us to the victory in the overtime," said West Potomac Coach David Houston.
But it was not to be as Warriors Senior Jon Remedious took over scoring 5 of his teams 11 points to seal the victory, 63-59.
The Wolverines started the game ice cold as they only shot 22 percent (5-22) and went into the locker room at the half down by 13 at 27-14.
"Wakefield always plays us tough so I knew we were in for a fight," said Wolverines' Coach David Houston. "We did not shoot very well in the first half and I knew that our guys would have to come out and shoot better in the second half if we were going to have any chance to win."
West Potomac came out on fire in the third quarter and held the Warriors to just five points, cutting the deficit from 13 points to five as Copeland led them back hitting a three while Wolverines Junior Bryant Fultz shored up the defense, pulling down three boards.
"We really came out after the half determined to get back into the game," Houston said. "They really turned it up and we were able to get it close."
After an impressive win in their last game, the defending Patriot District champions had their work cut out for them, as the Wolverines and the Warriors kept exchanging baskets throughout the fourth quarter until finally it came down to the final 10 seconds and Copeland looking to send it into extra time.
"Jon made some tough shots for us tonight," said Bentley, "He was great from line (Remedious was 6-7), and he played really good defense. To be able to beat a team like this is really good for us."
The Warriors won the game from the line as they shot an impressive 90% (18-20) from the charity stripe while the Wolverines could only manage 41% (5-12) and that made the difference.
"We knew what we had to do tonight and we came out and did it," said Warriors Senior Deontea Murphy, who led the Warriors with 17 points and eight boards, "This is a very good team and when you are able to beat them then you know you have done something."
Remedious also added 15 points for the Warriors while Fultz was able to get eight for the Wolverines.