The student changed the teacher's lesson plan yesterday, as coach Daryl Wade's Knights defeated Woody Williams' Mervo Mustangs, 42-36, at City.
Williams taught Wade and gave him his first coaching opportunity, as City's JV coach earlier this decade. But since assuming the varsity position at City four seasons ago, Wade has been unable to beat Williams. Until yesterday.
"It's a monkey off my back," said Wade, who has guided City to consecutive state 3A semifinals. "We've never had the same caliber of teams Woody has had."
City sophomore guard Todd Galloway led all scorers with 23 points; Marcus Hatten led No. 10 Mervo (4-2, 1-1) with 17 points.
Coming off a blowout loss to Surrattsville of Prince George's, 13th-ranked City (5-1, 1-0) overcame a nine-point, fourth-quarter deficit against the Mustangs, rallying with a 14-0 run to win its City East Division opener.
The Mustangs, who reached the state 4A semifinals last March, got within 38-36 with 53.1 seconds remaining after a jumper by Xavier Jackson and Hatten's free throw. Jermaul Akanbi (seven points) drove the lane for a basket for City with 35 seconds left, and Mervo wasn't able to make another push.
"They made a good run, and we weren't able to take advantage of the chances we had," said Hatten. "They just wanted it more than us."
While Hatten struggled in the final quarter, scoring only three points, Galloway continued to be a major impact for City.
Galloway, a transfer from St. Frances, scored 10 points in the final quarter. The 5-foot-10 point guard has emerged as the Knights' offensive catalyst.
Galloway had consecutive baskets, bringing the Knights to within 33-30. Two free throws each by Bryant Johnson and Austin Baker pushed City in front by one with 3: 47 remaining.
Galloway connected on four more free throws, while the Mustangs missed on the front end of a one-and-one situation three times during the Knights' run.
"We started getting confident in our shots," said Galloway. "We felt it was important for us to get a win against good program like Mervo."
The Mustangs appeared ready to run away, building a 31-20 advantage late in the third quarter after a 10-0 run, the last eight rom Hatten. But Mervo managed only 2-for-12 shooting in the final quarter.
The Knights, who were 14-for-50 from the field, went five minutes without a field goal until a layup by Akanbi with four seconds remaining.
The Knights will travel to Northern Virginia this weekend for the T.C. Williams (Va.) Holiday Tournament. Mervo will be at the Gilman Tournament, early next week.
Pub Date: 12/23/98