Hyattsville- Two of Baltimore’s and Washington’s DC top ranked programs clashed in the DeMatha Holiday Hoops Tournament Friday night. This match-up featured several Division I prospects including Wilson’s Maryland-bound Makhi and Makhel Mitchell, and Poly four star forward Justin Lewis. #1 ranked Poly (6-3) struggled from the field in the first half. The Engineers scored a season low 16 points in the first and second quarters combine. But baskets from the field were at a premium for Wilson (7-3) as well. Nine of the Tigers’ 26 first half points were from the free throw line.
Second half both teams settled down, thus turning the highly anticipated matchup into a game of runs. Engineers battled back from a sizable deficit to take their first lead midway through the fourth quarter.
Like true heavyweights, each team took turns knocking down shots and exchanging leads late. But the fundamentals of converting free-throws eventually came back to haunt Poly in the end. The Engineers missed an unprecedented number of free throws, shooting less than 50 percent from the line in the fourth quarter.
Lewis led the Engineers with 19 points in the 48-46 loss to Wilson. 2020 guard Rahim Ali also reached double figures with 18 points on the night. Boston College commit Jay Health Jr finished with a team high 14 points. It the was the second time the DC public school defeated Poly this year. Earlier in the season Poly fell to Wilson 70-56 in the Baltimore/DC Challenge.
Wilson– Stevens 7, Romaro 5, Heath Jr 14, Mahki 11, Makhel 8, Zaak 4
Poly– Amani 4, Justin 19, Ali 18, Brandon 5