Tuesday, February 05, 2008

These Patriots get the win

LILBURN -- There have been times for Berkmar's basketball team this season when Wesley Witherspoon shined brighter than anyone on the court. Then there were times when DeMarion Gordon shined the brightest.

Then there are times when both shine and that only means good things for the Patriots. The two combined for 48 points in a 66-58 win over Meadowcreek on Tuesday night.

Gordon (pictured above) scored a game high 25 points and shined in the second half with a steady stream of drives to the basket for scores. His passing ability shined as well, finding guys like Witherspoon at the cup.

"There are times when I'm playing well and then there are times when he's playing well," Gordon, an unsigned senior, said of Berkmar's season. "Tonight, we both played well and it turned out to be a big game for us."

Witherspoon, the top unsigned senior in the state and in the nation, showed off his versatility. He scored 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had four steals in the win. He praised the play of Gordon after the game.

"He's been awesome for us," Witherspoon said. "He wasn't having his shot drop early on so he went to the basket and scored there. He is playing really well right now."

Gordon was coming off a game where he hit 11 of 12 three-pointers against Grayson.

The win improved Berkmar to 10-2 in region 8-AAAAA and just a game behind Parkview in the standings. A trip to the state tournament is the obvious goal for Gordon and Witherspoon.

"I've grown up in this gym," a reflective Witherspoon said after the game. "I watched my brothers here and I'm hopefully playing three more games (here) before it all ends."

Berkmar has back-t0-back games against South Gwinnett on Friday and Saturday while Meadowcreek travels to Grayson on Friday for the final regular season game.

Teondre Williams scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Dewayne Robinson lead the Mustangs with 15 points.