The City Knights walked into the Academy with a 9-3 record, ranked 15th in the area. They're also coming off of back-to-back losses to Patterson and Edmondson. Last season they finished as the state champions of the 2A Class but they loss standout players Omari George and Tim Bond, still, this is a team more than capable of repeating.
The Knights defeated Thomas Stone, out of Charles County Maryland, 64-54 in a tough back-n-forth battlle. In the first quarter, City relied on junior forward, Ben Stanley, who scored 7 points in the first 3 minutes of the quarter. Stanley would receive the MVP for his performance, scoring 15 points.
Even though Stanley played well inside the paint, Thomas Stone was winning the battles on the offensive boards. The bad part about that though, they wasn't capitalizing off of the second chance opportunities. That was pretty much the game for Stone, who didn't play bad but also didn't capitalize off opportunities on both sides of the court. After today's loss Stone, will be sitting at 6-5. Senior forward, Isiah Fluker led the team in scoring with 16 points.
City Managed being out hustled on the boards very well. They finished each quarter with the lead, and never fell behind after the first quarter. In the fourth quarter, City backcourt of senior Blair Davis and junior LaMarr Mitchell, went to work connecting a few times inside the paint, both combined for 30 points in the game.
I find it amazing that not many people speak about Blair Davis, who has been a starter on the varsity team since his sophomore season. He is fundamentally sound, can penetrate with both hands, good passer, an even better floor general, and don't forget he is a State Champion. I think it's time we start giving this kid the respect he deserve.