CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As talented and productive George Washington senior Jon Elmore is, if the Patriots are to get to where they want to go, the Patriots are going to need others to step up.
Although just a freshman, Anthony Dean is doing just that for GW.
Dean scored 23 points and had a crucial block with less than 10 seconds to help the Patriots (10-4) escape with a 70-67 home victory over Parkersburg (4-9) in boys high school basketball action Thursday evening.
"A win is a win, and we aren't going to give any back," GW coach Rick Greene said. "We are fortunate to get out with a win but it's a division win and we want to get as many wins as we can."
Dean did it on both ends of the floor, scoring 23 points on eight-of-13 shooting for the Patriots, and the center also hit all seven of his free throws. While the GW freshman was very productive offensively, he also had perhaps the game-clincher on defense.
With the Patriots clinging to a three-point lead and the Big Reds having already hit four treys in the quarter, Dean was left to guard Parkersburg's Cole Day one-on-one, and the Patriot post player held his ground, blocking the sophomore's attempt at a tying shot.
GW missed a pair of free throws with 4.9 seconds to play but Parkersburg's Darius Basta's desperation heave at the buzzer missed, helping the Patriots escape.
"He (Day) had already hit two big threes that quarter," Dean said. "I knew he was a shooter. I tried to stay as close to him as I could because he is a little quicker than me. Whenever he shot it, I jumped as high as I could, and I got a fingertip on it. It was big."
Greene has been very happy with the play of Dean, especially of late.
"Anthony has played well the past three games," Greene said. "We are really happy with him and proud of him. They were worried about Jon and in the second half, was jamming everything down on him and Anthony."
Dean is happy to be contributing for GW, and is hoping his big game against the Big Reds will help his confidence moving forward.