In Friday nights clash of Loudoun powerhouses John Champe ran through Potomac Falls in a dominant fashion 82-52.
A big piece to Friday’s game was that the Falls’ Jalen Coker was not on the floor, leaving the paint vulnerable to a big John Champe team led by Tyler Savage inside. Still, Champe coach Walter Webb knew his team would have to battle. “Playing against a legendary coach with a lot of history and we knew they were gonna be ready for this game,” said Webb.
From the tip-off it was evident Champe could get open looks inside and out through its ball movement. The balance of the Jasper twins up top, players who can play in the paint and shoot outside, plus Savage has proven to be almost unguardable.
“We knew we hadn’t played well yet. We’ve been fortunate to win some games, but we were in a situation where we knew we needed to execute better,” says Coach Webb.
They did that Friday night. Champe had a lot of questions coming into the season and leading up to this game about what the program was going to accomplish, and if they were really that legit. The Knights have so far been nothing short of a powerhouse marching their way to 4-0. Potomac Falls when at full strength is certainly nothing to count out, and come late February and March should still be playing.
But on this night Champe was dominant. Both teams spread the scoring around with nine players on each team getting on the score sheet. Champe was led by Senior Tyler Savage with 22 points, junior James Jasper with 12 points, and senior Robert Zschoche with 11 points. The Panthers were led by Senior Landon Hawes with 14 points, and senior Renzon Mendoza with 11 points.
The Panthers (3-2) play again on Thursday the 19th at Dominion in a rematch from earlier in the year. The Knights look to keep the undefeated campaign alive as they are tested Wednesday the 18th at home against Briar Woods.