Wellington Stuns Chiefs


Alan McGonigle

Job Jean-Baptiste shoots as point guard Trent Frazier tries to block the shot.

Matthew Leto, Staff Writer

The Chiefs fell short. After one of the most successful seasons in nearly a decade, the Chiefs’ season came to and end Tuesday in the regional semifinal loss to Wellington. Coming into the game at 22-6, the Chiefs had to face the defending 8A state champions, the Wellington Wolverines (24-4).

Senior Sean Dinkins opened the game with winning the tip. However, Wellington’s physical defensive play rattled the Chief’s offense early and jumped out to a 15-2 lead early in the first quarter. Wellington’s star players chipped away  early at the Chief’s defense with Trent Frazier scoring 11 and Lester Gates scoring 8. The Chiefs trailed 5-23 after the first quarter.

The second quarter was the best for the Chiefs when they cut the game down to 20-35 with Junior Josue Passius scoring 6 points.

Coming out of halftime, Wellington just simply outplayed the Chiefs. Wellington was schooling the Chief’s defenders off the dribble and struggled to stay in front of them for most of the game. The Chiefs trailed 31-51 at the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Wellington continued their physical defense of play. The Chiefs were no match for point guard Trent Frazier and the Wolverines. Sean Dinkins led the way for the Chiefs with 13 points. Frazier led the way for the Wolverines with 26 points. The Chiefs would lose 45-67.

It was a great year for the Chiefs overall finishing 22-7 with a district championship. Congratulations to Seniors: Shaun O’Connor, Sean Dinkins, Job Jean-Baptiste and Mark Sajous who played their final game in a Chief’s uniform.