High School Basketball Player Shot Hours After Big Win

High School Basketball Player Shot Hours After Big Win

H.D. Woodson's Kavon Montgomery was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Published March 4, 2016

From feeling pure ecstasy to living a nightmare.

That's what H.D. Woodson's boys basketball team experienced Thursday night, when one of its players was shot hours after the team won a thrilling double-overtime game.

What's worse is the player was an innocent bystander, caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Woodson coach Trey Mines confirmed with the Washington Post that senior Kavon Montgomery was shot in the back near his Northeast Washington, D.C., home Thursday night after returning from his team's big victory at the Verizon Center.

Fortunately, Montgomery, 17, was able to avoid any serious injuries, being released from the hospital Friday morning.

“Somebody walked up and started shooting and he ended up getting grazed,” Mines told the newspaper. “I was scared, but nothing went in. More like a flesh wound. It’s a real sour ending to everything that’s gone on so far, but luckily it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been."

Absolutely. Police are investigating the shooting.

Just like that, a bunch of teenagers, their coaches and parents are reminded about how unpredictable life can be, getting to experience two very different emotions in a matter of hours. 

H.D. Woodson is a two-time defending D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association champion, trying to become the first undefeated team in the area since 1985.

There's no telling if Montgomery will suit up to play the team's final games, although, more important, we're glad he's OK.

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Just hours after the H.D. Woodson boys’ basketball team claimed its biggest win of the season, one of its best players was the victim in a neighborhood shooting, according to Coach Trey Mines.

Mines confirmed that senior Kavon Montgomery spent part of Thursday night at Prince George’s Hospital Center after he was shot in the back near his home in Northeast Washington. Montgomery had just returned from Verizon Center, where the No. 1-ranked Warriors pulled off a thrilling 105-102 double-overtime victory against No. 14 Gonzaga in the D.C. State Athletic Association tournament semifinals.

Mines said Montgomery, 17, was an innocent bystander during the incident. He was released from the hospital early Friday morning and avoided serious injury.

“Somebody walked up and started shooting and he ended up getting grazed,” Mines said. “I was scared, but nothing went in. More like a flesh wound. It’s a real sour ending to everything that’s gone on so far, but luckily it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been.”

A Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman could not confirm Montgomery’s identity because he is a juvenile, but said police are currently investigating an assault with a deadly weapon that occurred on the 300 block of 54th Street Northeast Thursday night. The spokeswoman confirmed one victim was taken to a local hospital with gun shot wounds.

 

H.D. Woodson (32-0) is the two-time defending D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association champion and sits just one win away from becoming the first city public school boys’ basketball team to finish a season undefeated since Spingarn accomplished the feat in 1985. The Warriors are scheduled to face Friendship Collegiate in the DCSAA championship game Sunday afternoon at George Washington’s Smith Center.

 

Just hours after the H.D. Woodson boys’ basketball team claimed its biggest win of the season, one of its best players was the victim in a neighborhood shooting, according to Coach Trey Mines.

Mines confirmed that senior Kavon Montgomery spent part of Thursday night at Prince George’s Hospital Center after he was shot in the back near his home in Northeast Washington. Montgomery had just returned from Verizon Center, where the No. 1-ranked Warriors pulled off a thrilling 105-102 double-overtime victory against No. 14 Gonzaga in the D.C. State Athletic Association tournament semifinals.

Mines said Montgomery, 17, was an innocent bystander during the incident. He was released from the hospital early Friday morning and avoided serious injury.

“Somebody walked up and started shooting and he ended up getting grazed,” Mines said. “I was scared, but nothing went in. More like a flesh wound. It’s a real sour ending to everything that’s gone on so far, but luckily it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been.”

A Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman could not confirm Montgomery’s identity because he is a juvenile, but said police are currently investigating an assault with a deadly weapon that occurred on the 300 block of 54th Street Northeast Thursday night. The spokeswoman confirmed one victim was taken to a local hospital with gun shot wounds.

 

H.D. Woodson (32-0) is the two-time defending D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association champion and sits just one win away from becoming the first city public school boys’ basketball team to finish a season undefeated since Spingarn accomplished the feat in 1985. The Warriors are scheduled to face Friendship Collegiate in the DCSAA championship game Sunday afternoon at George Washington’s Smith Center.

 

(Photo: Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Written by Mark Lelinwalla

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