The team tied for first in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, but was upset in the conference tournament quarterfinals by DeMatha, in which UNC 2004 target Brian Johnson was held scoreless.
However, O'Connell, and Johnson, bounced back in impression fashion at the Alhambra Catholic Invitational tournament last week.
Johnson averaged 16.3 points (60% FG) and 12.3 rebounds over the three-game tournament run that culminated in a very physical 22-point, 12-rebound performance as O'Connell defeated 30-1 St. Joseph's Prep from Philadelphia, Penn, 60-50. UNC sophomore recruit Marcus Ginyard posted 10 points and five boards.
O'Connell ends the season with a 25-5 record, ranked No. 11 in the Washington Post Top 20.
FINAL 2002-03 SEASON STATS
Brian Johnson - 13.2 pts, 8.7 reb, 2.5 ast, 51.4% FG, 63% FT
Marcus Ginyard - 10.4 pts, 3.6 reb, 2.3 ast, 56.6% FG, 69% FT
Note: Johnson, who is orginally from Laurinburg, N.C., has now accumulated 1,233 points and 827 rebounds since arriving at O'Connell.