With 15 seconds left in the 2016 WCAC Championship game, St. John’s was up 70-57 over conference rival DeMatha Catholic High School, a school that’s been in this situation four times in the last five years. The Cadets student section was chanting “I Believe That We Will Win,” while guard Dejuan Clayton was heading to the free throw line to extend his teams lead.
Clayton made one of the two free throws to put St. John’s up 71-57. At the other end of the court, DeMatha’s guard Markelle Fultz missed a three-pointer and St. John’s junior Emanuel Hylton rebounded the ball. Hylton gave the ball to guard Anthony Cowan as he ran the clock out. The buzzer sounded, and a crowd of St. John’s student stormed the court of Bender Arena at American University to celebrate the Cadets first WCAC championship since 2000.
For Maryland commit Anthony Cowan, this was a perfect ending to a sensational senior season. Cowan has been one of the top guards and most lethal scorers in the Washington DC area. He was named to the WCAC All-Conference team twice during his four-year career and was named First-Team All-Met last year.
As a sophomore, Cowan didn’t get a lot of playing time since St. John’s had six seniors on the roster. But once his time came around, Cowan didn’t disappoint. He has averaged 20 points per game over the last two seasons. In Monday’s WCAC championship game, Cowan had 21 points, seven assists, and five rebounds.
He scored 40 points twice in his high school career. The first time was against Bishop O’Connell last year and the second time was when St. John’s played St. Francis (GA). Cowan’s ability to make three-pointers at will and create contact is the reason he cause problems for opponents.
Anthony is rated as a four-star prospect by ESPN, and 247sports. He is also listed as the No. 69 player in the country by ESPN. They way Cowan has performed, he should be rated higher but it’s nothing he can do except use the rankings as motivation to get better. And that’s what he has done.
“There hasn’t been one player in high school to stop him [Cowan] from doing what he wants to do”- Sean McAloon, St. John’s head coach
Winning the conference championship was a great ending to an incredible season by Cowan and the St. John’s team. Not only they finished as champions but as the best team in the area. You also have to give credit to seniors Jeff Dowtin, Kylia Sykes, and Dejuan Clayton for wrapping up the WCAC season with solid performances against DeMatha. Dowtin had 13 points, and five rebounds. Kylia Sykes was a force in the paint, scoring 17 points and Dejuan Clayton tallied 15 points and five rebounds.
Anthony is still not done playing basketball for St. John’s. There is the DCSAA Tournament and the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament. Once he is through with that, Cowan will get ready start another chapter in his basketball career, playing college ball for Mark Turgeon and the Maryland Terrapins. Depends on what happens to current Terps guard Melo Trimble, who led Bishop O’Connell to a WCAC Championship win in 2013, Cowan has a shot to get some solid minutes during his freshman year.
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