There was no separation to be found. Not in the bleachers, with fans sitting shoulder-to-shoulder and fighting for every inch of leg room. Not on the baseline, as a row of cameras big and bigger stayed fixed on the blink-and-you'll-miss-it action. And certainly not on the court, where the boys' basketball teams from DeMatha and Gonzaga wrestled for space and points and legacies they practiced their entire lives to achieve.
But one thing was clear, as the players flew from one end of the court to the other, leaped at the rim and rose for jumpers as their parents and pals begged for the ball to roll in: The high school basketball played at American University on Monday night was different. The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship was the place to be.
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