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April 14, 2015

Jessie's Journal: High School Career Concludes

By: Jessie Govan

Hey guys what's going on! I'm back for another blog entry.

My high school career is over. It was bittersweet, but our season went great. We made school history recently as we just won the first PSAL "AA" Championship for our school. We got to play at Madison Square Garden against a tough Cardozo team, and we beat them by 4. I made 3 out of 4 free throws in the last minute and had a dunk to put the game away, so that was pretty crazy. To be put in a position like that and to come through for my team was great. I had 17 points and 17 rebounds that game, and took home the MVP award and the Academic Scholar award, for having the highest GPA on my team, which was probably the best award I took home that day. Shout out to my team and everyone that supports us!

After that, we went up to Albany for states. We played a tough Shenendehowa (sorry if I misspelled that) team the first night and beat them by 9. They were such a tough team, and their game plan the whole game was to prevent me from scoring and let someone else beat them. They did a great job of executing their game plan. And I'm almost embarrassed to say this, but they held me to 3 points! I didn't even make a field goal that game. It was crazy. I knew I had to come back strong the next night for my team against Christ the King. They were the 2-time defending state champions, led by my boy Rawle Alkins, I knew I was going to have to have a good game if we were going to win. We wound up winning the game by 6, after we were down 12 with 5 minutes left to go. My team really rattled back and we had some big games by some of our X-Factors Efrain DeJesus and Kevin Saylor. They really came off the bench and provided a spark for us. I had 24 points and 16 rebounds that game, and took home the MVP again. It was so cool to be able to bring a state championship to my school, especially the first one.

But even after that, our season wasn't over. My school was privileged enough to be invited to the Dick's Sporting Goods National Tournament. We were the #8 seed, so we would play the #1 seed, Oak Hill. A lot of people doubted us and said we shouldn't even be in the tournament and people were saying we were going to lose by 40, that fired us up. We played them close, and got to within 6 in the 4th quarter, but they had to many good players, they were too deep. We lost to them by 9, but to lose to the #1 team in the country who was 46-0 at the time, I couldn't be more proud of my team.

Have you guys heard that new Big Sean album? Man, I've been telling people for a while that he's one of the best out and no one would listen to me, I think he showed the rap game what he can really do with this album. He's my favorite rapper, so I might be a little biased, but just go give it a listen for yourself. The album is called Dark Sky Paradise.

I'm playing in a few All Star games when the season is over, too. I'm playing in the Jordan Brand Classic Regional Game on April 17th at the Barclays Center. After that I'm playing in the Capitol Classic in D.C on the 24th of April, so all my Hoya supporters should come out! I might also play in the Mary Kline Classic on May 30th, all depends on my school schedule. That was a great event for a great cause last year so I would love to go back.

Well, that's it for now. I'll be back soon to let you know how we did! See ya later!

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