WASHINGTON – Friday’s Kenner League basketball playoff game between Darren McClinton All-Stars and On Point featured some of the DMV’s top talent.
Anthony Cowan, a rising sophomore at Maryland, scored a game-high 35 points to lead Darren McClinton’s squad to a 92-82 victory over On Point at McDonough Memorial Gymnasium on the Georgetown campus.
“For me it’s always a blessing to be able to play against the best out there,” said former North Carolina Tar Heel Marcus Ginyard, a Bishop O’Connell graduate who finished with 19 points, “he’s definitely got a bright future ahead of him.”
Darren McClinton All-Stars advanced to the Kenner League semifinals where they will play A. Wash & Associates who defeated Higher Level Sports, 102-87.
Darrick Wood (19 points) and Tre Kelley (16 points) finished in double figures while Bruce Massey, a Seneca Valley product, finished with seven points for On Point.
Cowan, a point guard, controlled the tempo and helped Darren McClinton’s team rally from a double-digit deficit in the first half.
Cowan, a St. John’s graduate who began his high school career at Good Counsel, scored in a variety of ways. He drained three-pointers, penetrated to the basket and converted free throws. Cowan’s half-court shot before the halftime buzzer rimmed out.
“I think he has a lot of talent and he’s a shifty, aggressive point guard,” said Atkins. “He can shoot the ball and he can get to the rim really well. It’s fun to play with him, he knows how to make decisions off the pick and roll. He’s young and he’s talented so the sky is the limit for him.”
Reggie Gardner, a DeMatha product, finished with 27 points including six three-pointers. Darion Atkins, a former Landon standout, added 15 points for the Darren McClinton All-Stars.
Atkins, who played collegiately at Virginia, spent last season playing overseas with Hapoel Holon in Israel. However, the Prince George’s County native plans to compete next season in LNB Pro A, a top-tier professional league.
“I just signed in France with SIG Strasbourg in the French Pro A league and our coach is the French national team coach so that’s fun,” said Atkins, who was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year during his senior campaign at Virginia. “I’m looking forward to that a lot. It’s a great league, a great team, a great organization and I’m in a great spot, a great situation so I can’t wait to get there.”