In a complete reversal, the Golden Dragons went from being a team the couldn’t, to a team that couldn’t seem to buy a bucket. In the semi-finals of the Potomac Valley Shootout, the Dragons faced a familiar foe in the Virginia Stars.
The VA Stars are a well disciplined team that work extremely hard on defense. In 2011, the Stars beat the Global Squad in the Championship of the Magic Tour Catholic Shootout.
This time around the Global Squad came out the winner, but it wasn’t easy. The Stars defense forced tough shots and the Dragons shooting percentage plummeted. With just three seconds left in the 1st half D’Ondre Stockman drilled a three point heave from beyond half-court. That gave the Dragons a 31-20 lead going into halftime and it seemed this would be the spark needed to get more shots to fall.
Despite the grabbing the momentum, the Dragons still could not shake the VA Stars as shooting troubles continued. It was a grinding game the rest of the way but the Dragons were able to overcome by pounding the offensive glass and protecting the basketball. They collected 21 offensive rebounds and only turned it over 8 times.
The final score read 58-42. Peter Moller led all scorers with 15 points. Stockman and Nikola Maric each had 9 points and 6 rebounds. Lawrence Lee just missed another double-double with 7 points and 8 rebounds. Fred Brondsted grabbed the most rebounds (11) and Marc Frabricius had an excellent all-around effort. Fabricius had 8 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and 0 turnovers.