Washington D.C. ~ All season, Wilson was unable to play with the confidence and swagger that was prevalent throughout their summer workouts and games. Angelo Hernandez, head coach of the Tigers, says Saturday night was their first time hitting shots in an important game. At 7-2 with tough loses to Montverde and Prolific Prep behind them, Hernandez and the Tigers can only hope that their high-powered offense travels with them to the City of Palms Classic in Fort Meyers, Florida.
“It’s been kind of different than usual,” Hernandez said, “(Our) team is still jelling. We had summer league than there was no scrimmages, it was off. So there’s a big difference.”
“We just wanted to come in and bounce back tonight,” Heath said, “We just executed the game plan, share the ball, rebound and we got the W.”
Tempers briefly flared when Makhel Mitchell got tangled up wrestling a rebound away from National Christian’s Aaron Wilson, both athletes drawing techs for their extra circulars. Just a moment before, Mekhi Mitchell threw an elbow trying to create space as he was hacked at by the Eagles after collecting a rebound as well. Hernandez summed it up to frustration at their heavy minutes and dealing with physical play. Nonetheless, it was Mahkel Mitchell that was given the rest of the night off after 11 minutes, while brother Mekhi played 24.
“I wish I could not play both, to be honest,” Hernandez said “ I know they need a break. Sometimes it becomes frustrating when your body is not the same as it was seven, eight games ago, 25 practices ago.
Wilson was never truly challenged at the contest, jumping out to a double-digit lead when they went on a quick 11-0 run before Jimmy Kpadey hit a 3-pointer to stop the bleeding and make it 16-6 early in the first quarter. The blowout allowed the Tigers to gain some much-needed confidence before their game against Mountain Brook at the City of Palms tournament. The joy and smiles were prevalent after every dunk thrown down and three-pointer swished through the net. Guys like Darren Buchanon Jr, Jay Heath, and Mahki Mitchell were more than happy to show off their electric athleticism in the open and half-court setting off of designed ally oops. It’s something that up until this game was hard to come by. The confidence that was featured throughout play when they ruled the Capitol Hoops Summer League and shocked media at the Maryland Team camp finally shined through.