'Downtown' Brown leads Washington

Posted: February 07, 2014

LET'S SAY George Washington junior Charles Brown rambles down the court, ball in hand, with nothing but freedom ahead except for one lone defender in tow.

Any chance the 6-4 forward goes for the dunk? Maybe not, since a similar scenario earlier this season ended with a nasty fall and an even worse hip bruise that forced him to miss three games.

"I couldn't walk for like 3 or 4 days," Brown said. "I had to use crutches at school. It was very hard, very tiring . . . some of the elevators didn't work so I had to go up and down the stairs."

Well, there's always the long ball!

Brown was dangerous from distance yesterday in the Eagles' 80-70 Class AAAA quarterfinal victory over Olney at what was once Cardinal Dougherty High.

The Northeast resident (near Castor and Levick) scored 14 of his team-best 24 points off four triples in the first quarter (add a two-pointer). He finished 8-for-13 overall and 6-for-8 from long-range.

It must have been one of those hitting-shots-from-everywhere pregame warmup sessions, right?

"No, actually I was missing a lot," he said. "When I make my first shot and then I make [another] it's like a heat check."

The sixth-seeded Eagles (15-6, 10-4) led 24-4 after one frame and used that advantage to hold off Olney senior guard Shakeem Stevens' 35-point second-half. Stevens netted 40 points, shooting 11-for-23 from the field and 16-for-22 from the line. Tyheim Monroe, a senior forward, finished with 19 points and 12 boards for the third-seeded Trojans (15-5, 9-4).

Junior forward Jerome Blume added 23 points and 13 rebounds for Washington, which will play second-seeded Central on Tuesday. Asante "Redz" Ali contributed 10 assists, six rebounds, six steals and two points.

As for Brown, who transferred from Imhotep Charter last year in search of greener pastures, he isn't willing to jeopardize his body for anymore highlight-reel dunks.

"It was just in the heat of the moment," he said. "I just wanted to be aggressive. It would be fun to try again, but maybe not because it may end in the same result."

Brown, whose father, Charles Sr., played basketball at Overbrook and then North Carolina A&T, thought about his answer briefly before amending it slightly.

"When I have an open lane," he said, "I'll probably [dunk] it. Just not when I'm in traffic."

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