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Posted On: 11/27/18 11:00 AM

MANASSAS, VA — Osbourn won all four quarters to defeat a pesky Freedom-Woodbridge team by a final score of 63-44. Freedom was reportedly missing a few players who are still playing football, but lets not take anything away from the home team, who controlled this game from start to finish. Here, we recap this hard-fought contest with a look at the 10 best. 

BEST PLAYER | JON HYLTON | OSBOURN ’19

Jon Hylton

After missing his first two shots, which were wide open layups, Jon Hylton bounced back to have a tremendous game. The versatile 6-foot-4 lefty took a charge, and finished the game with 15 points (5/9 FG, 1/2 3FG/ 4/7 FT), 9 rebounds (5 offensive), 4 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal and 1 turnover. As you can see by the stats, Hylton did a bit of everything, and was a key contributor to his team’s win.  

BEST PROSPECT | CARON FORDE | FREEDOM-WB ’20

Caron Forde

There is a lot to like about 6-foot-3 guard Caron Forde, who finished the game with 19 points (8/12 FG, 3/4 FT), 11 rebounds (10 defensive), 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, and 3 turnovers. Forde is a big guard who can handle and see the floor, but has to work on his three point shooting and at times his decision making. 

BEST SHOOTER | MANNY OJO | OSBOURN ’21

Manny Ojo started this game on fire, hitting his first four attempts from long range. The 5’8 guard finished the game with 16 points (6/11 FG, 4/7 3FG), but also came up with a couple of key offensive rebounds to help his team keep possession. 

BEST DEFENDER | MARQUIS FREEMAN | OSBOURN ’19

Marquis Freeman

This superlative could’ve gone to a couple of different players from Osbourn, but Marquis Freeman adds a unique element to this team, and that’s his ability to protect the rim. The 6-foot-5 senior blocked a game-high 4 shots, but also had 2 steals, 2 assists, 7 rebounds (4 offensive) to go along with 4 points. Freeman is a big body who did a nice job helping his teammates open by setting good screens. 

BEST GLUE GUY | MATT PEARSON | OSBOURN ’19

Matt Pearson

Matt Pearson could’ve won “best defender” for the job he did on Caron Forde. The 6-foot-2 senior had active hands which distorted the vision of his opponent and caused a ton of deflections. Pearson also served as a secondary ball-handler, facilitator, and made shots when he was given the opportunity. He finished the game with 7 points (3/6 FG, 1/3 3FG, 0/2 FT), 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 turnover.

BEST INTANGIBLES | DRAYKEAU HOGAN | OSBOURN ’19

Draykeau Hogan

Draykeau Hogan didn’t make great decisions at all times during this game, but for the most part he did a solid job leading this team on both ends of the court. The unsigned senior point guard finished the game with 15 points (5/9 FG, 2/5 3FG, 3/4 FT), 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 turnover, and several deflections. 

BEST GUY OFF THE BENCH | ANTHONY SAMNIEGO | OSBOURN ’19

Anthony Samniego came off the bench and played with tremendous energy on both ends of the court. Despite being listed at just 6’0, he fought hard inside and recorded a blocked shot to go along with a couple of offensive rebounds.

BEST OBSCURE PERFORMANCE | KISHAUN KIMBLE | FREEDOM ’19

Kishaun Kimble was the robin to Forde’s batman last night. Kimble unofficially finished the game with 9 points, but also had 4 offensive rebounds and a block. 

BEST PLAY | DRAYKEAU HOGAN

With his team up by 10 and in possession to start the fourth quarter, Hogan pulled a “Jason Kidd” move by inbounding the ball off the back of a defender who wasn’t looking. He proceeded to take it all the way to the rim and score with an easy layup. 

BEST STORY TO WATCH MOVING FORWARD

Coach James West says that Freedom was missing several key players who are still competing for a state championship with the football team. It’ll be interesting to see how these players can contribute, because if Forde can get some help, this team has a chance to be good.