Boys Basketball: Glapion puts on a show in Washington’s win over Lincoln

By Bonta Hill

On a night where Lincoln High School dedicated its home court to former head coach Rick Boyle, a senior guard from Washington crashed the ceremony and had one of his best performances of the season.

Brenden Glapion strengthened his case for Academic Athletic Association player of the year, setting the tone with 10 first-quarter points, and finished with a game-high 30, to go along with five assists, helping the Eagles win 68-60 in Academic Athletic Association play on Wednesday.

Washington senior guard Brenden Glapion goes up for a layup against Lincoln on Wednesday at Lincoln High School. (Photo by Devin Chen)

“[I tried] to do whatever I could do to win,” Glapion said. “I was just trying to be aggressive at the start of the game and carry that momentum throughout the rest of the game.”

With the win, the Eagles (21-8, 13-1) remain in a first-place tie with Mission the AAA’s Lang Division with two games remaining before the playoffs.

Lincoln (17-12, 10-4) couldn’t climb out of a 16-point second-half deficit, committing 25 turnovers and giving up 14 offensive rebounds to the Eagles.

“We just didn’t take care of the ball, and that led to easy fast break points for them,” said Lincoln interim head coach Matt Jackson. “We just have to come out and be ready, not come out and play from behind.”

Washington took advantage of Lincoln’s miscues early and often. After Mustangs guard Chris Young tied the game at 13-13 early in the second quarter, the Eagles answered with a 15-4 run, mostly off layups, capitalizing in the Mustangs’ sloppiness.

Later, with the Eagles commanding a 41-29 lead with 4:45 left in the third quarter, Glapion sank a smooth baseline jumper, followed immediately by a Jeremy Jetton layup, putting Washington up 45-29.

“We did a much better job on [Glapion] the first time we played, and made everything difficult,” Jackson said. “We didn’t come out with the same intensity, especially on the defensive end. We were way too quiet. We need to be disruptive and we weren’t disruptive tonight, and that allowed [Glapion] to have a big night.”

Lincoln would get aggressive immediately after, and on three consecutive offensive possessions, Young would penetrate and draw fouls from the Washington defenders. Young, who finished with a team-high 20 points, spearheaded a 10-0 run that cut the lead to 45-39.

Glapion had an answer though, getting behind the Lincoln defense for a layup to break the Eagles brief scoring drought.

The Eagles also had solid contributions from Jetton, who had 18 points, and LeVander Moore, who chipped in nine points with 15 rebounds, but this night belonged to Glapion.

With Lincoln down 53-46 with just under three minutes remaining, Glapion calmly dribbled between his legs and dropped a three-pointer from the left wing over Mustang center Kevork Demirjian to give the Eagles a 10-point lead with 2:58 left in the contest.

“This is a game our guys wanted. Lincoln gave us our first loss, but we knew if we could play well we would be in good shape,” said Washington head coach Jolinko Lassiter. “Brenden played great tonight, he answered virtually every run they made.”

Washington then went 12-of-17 from the free throw line down the stretch to seal the victory.

A showdown against Mission on February 22 awaits Washington, a game that could determine the regular-season Lang champion, but the Eagles are not looking past Friday’s date with Marshall.

“Marshall is a good team and they always play us tough,” Lassiter said. “We’re going to have to be ready to play well against Marshall and we can’t focus on Mission until after the Marshall game.”

Scoring Leaders

Washington
Branden Glapion – 30
Jeremy Jetton – 18
LeVander Moore – 10
Galen Hall – 3
Three players tied with 2 points

Lincoln
Chris Young – 20
Kevork Demirjian – 19
Tre Thomas – 10
Remfel Ganal – 4
Nick Young – 3

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21 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    What is up with Lincoln?

  2. QB says:

    GALEN IS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE LEAGUE!!! (AFTER JEREMY)

  3. former eagle player says:

    say what you want to say but jeremy is not as good of a ball handler than glapion. he is only good because of him. the best guard in my opinion if i had to pick in the AAA league is the kid from lincoln. he can shoot, take care of the ball, and his passing is awesome. another good player is the kid from washington that play guard, not jeremy though. if you know basketball, then you probably have to agree with me.

  4. former eagle player says:

    sorry, i m not a hater. jeremy is good but he should stick with football.

  5. Burton alumni says:

    Jerm is smooth but brendan is out here!

  6. bb fan says:

    this thread is getting crazy. i go to majority of these high school games. i think that every team has at least two great players, not saying that the rest are no good because they wouldn’t be on the team right? i feel that most of these coments are getting out of hand when you start labeling this kid is good , this is bad. we have enough of those crap from the media. for god sake, this is high school basketball. yes, i have to agree that there are very few talented players in the AAA league. i hope that again none of these kids pay attention to your crack-up comments. this types of comments is to mess with your game mentally> stay focus and play ball kids.

  7. bb fan says:

    a lot of great coaches in this league. congrats to all the coaches!!!

  8. jeremy says:

    ahaha that why he aint got no D1 OIFFER YET HAHHA AND JEREMY IS WAY BETTER HE CULDNBT EVEN HANDLE HIM 1 ON 1

  9. WASH says:

    i dont know all this talking but the best player in the AAA is the guard Ryan Tran # 21 on Washington J.V team. hands down . Ryan > Brenden , jeremy, the dude from lincoln , and galen combine/

  10. bdgordito says:

    i think the best player in AAA is Gordon Kwan from George Washington high school even better then Ryan Tran and Galen

  11. Anonymous says:

    #5 Chris Young on Lincoln is the best player in the League..

  12. mike singletary says:

    TYRONE SINGLETARY FOR AAA Player of the Year forsure

  13. Kobe Bryant says:

    Yo, this Kobe Bryant, Marc Flynn was and will be the best basketball player ever to play in the AAA. Second to him is this kid from George Washington called Gordon Kwan. Unstoppable jumper, 59” vertical, cute haircut, and a monster crossover. G.K.4MVP

  14. Lebron James says:

    Yo, Kobe, I totally agree with you, but i think that kid named Aaron Lau is THE best players in AAA hands down.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Max Sugaya AKA MESSY YUNG BUCK!!!!!!

  16. bbmother says:

    I think all this hype about MVP is crazy whats important is that Wash goes to the Championship which is a team effort not individuals it takes a team to win not and I. And i always thought that A MVP should be a all around player not a player who only scores and plays no defense, or gets rebounds or steals. Even the “Best Players in the NBA have fouls, assists and rebounds and they realize they are who they are because of those around them. Washington has a great Team and there are many players who have contributed to the success they are having.

  17. bbmother says:

    Congradulations to all the AAA teams. I wish you all the Best.

  18. bbmother says:

    As a spectator of many basketball games. I see there are quit a few talented players in the AAA. I wish them all the best in the game, I just hope they all remember it takes a team to win a game.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Messy Young Buck is the mainiest man on the planet.

  20. Not as mainy as messy young buck #8 aka Ryan tran says:

    Not as mainy as messy young buck #8 aka Ryan tran

  21. Ron Artest says:

    yo i’ve guarded mike, kobe, lebron and dwyane. but i would never dare to try and stop GKWAN from washington… ohwee cuz

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