Spencer Hayes and Benny Williams met at a DeMatha basketball camp when they were 9 or 10. They did not go to the same school until last season, when Williams arrived at St. Andrew’s.
How do you quickly find chemistry in that environment? It helps to have boundless talent.
Last February, Paul VI guard Jeremy Roach watched from the bench as his team let a double-digit halftime lead over Gonzaga slip away in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinal. The Duke signee, who missed all of last season with an ACL injury, felt helpless as the Eagles stormed past the Panthers and then went on to win the conference title.
On Sunday at American University’s Bender Arena, the Panthers got a rematch, and this time Roach stayed far away from the bench. In front of a raucous crowd, Roach put on a show early and helped the No. 3 Panthers to a 74-63 victory in the semifinals.
About a minute after the final buzzer sounded on Georgetown Visitation’s 51-38 win over Stone Ridge in the Independent School League Class AA championship, students stormed Georgetown Day School’s court to hug and celebrate with players. Moments later, the Cubs grabbed the league championship banner and posed for pictures.
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