By Kevin O’Rourke
Jamar Wilson had a good night. He was in front of his home crowd in the Northwest gym and he was feeling good as time was running down in a tightly contested game against Clarksburg. Wilson was feeling good enough to put the team on his back and score the final seven points to give the Jags the come-from-behind victory to beat a team that Northwest hasn’t beaten since January 2013.
With 35 seconds remaining in the game and Northwest down by three points, 65-62, the senior point guard drew a foul and calmly stroked two from the line. “I knew I had to get at least two in and then we had to play good defense,” said Wilson. He did, 65-64 Clarksburg by one.
Northwest fouled Clarksburg’s Austin Duffy on the next possession. Duffy counter Wilson by sinking his two shots to extend the Clarksburg lead to three with 31.6 seconds remaining. Clarksburg led 67-64.
With 19 seconds on the clock. On the next possession, Northwest’s Quincy Ofari brought the ball up the court and as he approached the three-point arc, Wilson shot out to the top of the arc to get a pass from Ofari. Wilson dribbled twice and popped a three-ball to tie the game 67-67 with 6 second remaining. The Jaguar faithful were looking forward to overtime.
Wilson, who lead the Jags with 24 points, had other plans. Wilson, who was a standout star wide receiver on Northwest’s State Championship winning team for the last two years, dropped back on defense and waited for his chance. When Clarksburg’s Jeff McInnis tried an up-court pass Wilson stepped in front of it and using the speed that got him more the 700 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns on the gridiron. He intercepted the pass and flew to the hoop to sink an easy game winning lay-up as the buzzer sounded. Northwest wins 69-67 thanks to Jammar Wilson’s seven-point run.
“I saw the defender was laying off a bit and I stepped up and popped a three in his eye. And then, I play football too,” said Wilson, “and the defensive back skills came in right there and I got the easy lay-up to end the game right there.”
It was a big win for Northwest who limped into Friday night after losing by 33 to Gaithersburg the previous night. Northwest was on the wrong side of last second buzzer beaters against Magruder and Springbrook last week.
“This is a heck of win for our program,” said Coach Robert Smith. “Clarksburg is a good team. They took down Gaithersburg earlier in the year and Gaithersburg beat us by 30 last night. We knew had to come in tonight with a different mentality than last night. This is the first game we put four-quarters together and if we can do that we can beat good teams.”
Wilson’s 24 points, including six from the charity strip, where helped by junior Tim Biakapia’s 12 points, including going four-four from the foul line. Junior forward Tyrell Richardson added nine points and including one from the line. Quincy Ofari and Donnie Gaines each contributed eight points to the victory, which improves Northwest’s record to 5-7 overall and 3-3 in the 4A West division.
Clarksburg, who drops to 2-4 in the division, was led by strong shooting performance from Andrew Kostecka. The junior guard had 28 points off eight field-goals, two three-pointers and six points from the foul line. Austin Duffy added 13 points, five from the line. The Coyote’s record is now even at 6-6.
Next week, the Jags will be away at winless Walter Johnson on Tuesday and travel to 5-4-1 Sherwood on Friday night. Clarksburg will have two tough games next week as they will travel to 6-2 Springbrook on Tuesday and host 7-2 Bethesda-Chevy Chase on Friday night.
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Photos by Germanown Pulse.