It’s been a great year for the PVI basketball program on multiple levels. The girls team completed their season Saturday by defeating Liberty Christian, 67-45, to win an impressive sixth straight VIS Division I championship.
The boys program (32-2) edged Episcopal, 62-61, to win their 20th straight game, which included a successful run through the WCAC playoffs. The one-point victory over Episcopal will be followed up by a trip to the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament (ACIT) March 15-17 then a meeting with Coolidge in the City Title game on March 20th.
Saturday’s victory, however, should not be lost among the impressive list of accomplishments by the Panthers this year. Senior Patrick Holloway paced the Panthers with 16 points and four three-points as PVI defeated Episcopal for the second time this season. Once again, the Maroon battled tooth-and-nail as Kethan Savage (22 points), Arnaud Adala-Moto (13 points), Doug Chappell (13 points) and Foster Joseph (10 points) all scored in double figures.
For Episcopal though, it was not enough as the Maroon fell to 24-4 in their last game of the season. Paul VI will now prepare for the A.C.I.T next weekend.
Freshman Marcus Derrickson named Division 1 VISSA Tournament MVP.
For the Paul VI Lady Panthers, their sixth straight state title came with relative easy as PVI defeated Liberty Christian by 22 points. Sophomore Ariana Freeman and junior Marlena Tremba both scored 25 points as the Panthers built a 32-18 first half lead, which they never relinquished.
Check back later this week as we release our DCSportsFan Basketball Awards and the final boys rankings.