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Arlington Sports Brief: O’Connell Boys Win VIS Title

The Bishop O’Connell boys basketball team closed the 2009-10 season with six games in six days. When the dust settled, the Knights were champions of the Virginia Independent Schools tournament and just missed advancing to the finals of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tourney. O’Connell defeated St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes 53-52 on March 2 and Episcopal 68-34 on March 3 to advance to the VIS semifinals. On Thursday, the Knights faced Good Counsel in the WCAC quarterfinals, winning 61-57 in overtime.

Back to VIS tourney, O’Connell defeated Benedictine 56-44 on Friday and Blue Ridge 80-72 Saturday to claim the title.

The Knights were edged by Gonzaga 63-61 on Sunday in the WCAC semifinals.

Senior point guard and North Carolina commit Kendall Marshall averaged 21.5 points during O’Connell’s final six games.

O’Connell (19-14) won 10 of its final 13 games, starting with a 75-52 victory over Carroll on Feb. 4.