Paul VI hopes to keep building
Paul VI Catholic completed the first half of its Washington Catholic Athletic Conference schedule with a 50-46 loss to fourth-ranked Gonzaga, but Coach Glenn Farello is encouraged by his team’s play thus far. The Panthers had just one returning player who received significant varsity minutes last season and have a starting lineup comprised of two freshmen, two sophomores and one junior. Despite Tuesday’s loss, Paul VI is 11-6 overall and 3-5 in the WCAC.
“It’s a learning process,” Farello said. “A coach’s hope is that you can learn through victories and not defeats. I’ve been pleased with the development because there is so much to learn when you don’t have experience. A kid’s first run through our league is a difficult challenge, no matter if you have experience or not. I’ve been pleased with the effort. The win-loss [column] works things out.”
Sophomore guard Patrick Holloway leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.6 points per game, with sophomore forward Coleman Johnson at 9.8. Junior point guard Davon Hill averages 8.9 points and freshman forwards Stanford Robinson and Jamall Robinson (who aren’t related) are the other two starters.
“We’ve been competitive,” said Farello, whose team knocked off No. 7 Good Counsel on Holloway’s buzzer-beater earlier this month. “I’m hoping to see us take another step as we go through the next part of the season, as we get game experience under our belt.”
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