Ashburn, VA (Jan. 14, 2017) – Winter was put on hold on this warm summer-like night at Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn, VA on January 12. It was a meeting between the John Champe Knights (6-5) and the hosting Rock Ridge Phoenix (8-3). Both teams were coming off a previous loss and hungry for a win. The intensity was definitely in the air for the two teams and the supporting fans.
Viva Loudoun photographer Al Shipman was on hand to cover the meeting and posted this gallery with 114 images.
The game was closely matched during the first half, with a slight edge going in John Champe’s favor. Their arsenal from the air was led by the Knight’s leading scorer, #11 Dominik Fragala (PG, Sr.), who was the lead scorer for the Knights with 29 points. But, the Phoenix came out after the half with a quite motivation and purpose. They answered the aerial attack from the Knights with one of their own. The Phoenix dug deep with defensive and offensive plays, along with high scores from #4 Zach Howard (F, Sr.) with 22 points and #3 Blake Blalock (G, Sr.) with 19 points.
The final buzzer sounded with the 70-57 score in favor of Rock Ridge. The win advances the Phoenix to a record of 9-3 on the season. The loss dropped the Knights to 6-6 on the season.
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