By Rodger M. Wood
With 35 seconds to go, the basketball rolled around the rim, looking dangerously close to going through for a three pointer and a tie 50-50 game, but as fate would have it in the last instance, the ball bounced out to make DeMatha winners, and grasped victory from the hands of the young Paul VI hoopsters 52-47.
This semifinal WCAC basketball championship game marked the third straight game this season, the 2009, 2010, 2011 WCAC and Washington D.C. champions, Dematha Stags beat the upstart Panthers in the last seconds of the game, 59-58 at home, 51-48 away, and 52-47 in the semifinal.
Led by seven juniors, five sophomores, three freshmen at Bender Arena last Sunday, it looks like the Paul Vi could battle the champions again next season. Maybe this time, hard work will pay off, the lucky breaks will even themselves out in the last seconds, the ball will go through the hoop, and the Paul VI Panthers will win.
View some photos from the Paul VI/Dematha 2011 Semi Final Championship Game February 28th.