SANDY SPRING - Winning games on the road is always tough. It’s even tougher to do against a rival, yet that is exactly what the Magruder High School boys’ basketball team did Friday night when it defeated Sherwood High School 49-45 in a tightly contested, physical game.
Both teams shot under 40 percent from the field, but senior guards J.J. Epps and Nick Griffin led the way for the Colonels, combining for 24 points. Epps scored a team-leading 13 points on 5-10 shooting, and Griffin scored 11 points, including two of the team’s four three-point shots.
ROCKVILLE - The Magruder High School boys’ basketball team does not take losses lightly.
After losing for only the third time since 2011 against Clarksburg High School on Jan. 30, Magruder (14-2) came out with a vengeance Friday night, hitting 10 three-pointers in the first half en route to a 82-47 rout over Richard Montgomery High School (5-12).
The Magruder Colonels opened the game on an 11-2 run and led 19-7 at the end of the first quarter. They would go on another 15-4 run in the second quarter and finish the half with a 43-20 lead.
“The guys aren’t used to losing a lot, especially J.J. (Epps), Nick (Griffin) and Justin (Whitmer),” said Magruder head coach Dan Harwood. “We just needed to get back to playing Magruder basketball, which is playing tough defense and making the extra pass.”
Harwood said he was happy with the team’s ball movement, especially because every three-point shot was made on an assist. Three-point shooting was key for Magruder as seven different players hit three-pointers. Overall, Magruder hit on 13 shots from behind the arc.
ROCKVILLE - Despite a sloppy first half, the Magruder High School boys’ basketball team overcame Northwest High School 71-42 Monday night after surrendering just three baskets in the second half.
Magruder, the defending state champions (13-1, 6-0), welcomed back the return of senior point guard J.J. Epps who had missed the last month with a broken right hand. However, after missing some easy shots and careless turnovers, Epps and his Colonels’ teammates found themselves trailing 32-31 halftime.
OLNEY - In a game marred by turnovers, technical fouls and a fight, the Sherwood High School boys’ basketball team won 42-30 to defend its home court in a battle of mistakes over Kennedy High School.
Despite trailing at the end of the first and third quarters, Sherwood (9-4, 6-0) held Kennedy (9-5, 2-4) scoreless in the fourth quarter and earned their fifth consecutive victory while remaining undefeated in the Montgomery County 4A East division. Sherwood shot only 25 percent from the field, making only six baskets the entire game. Kennedy didn’t fare much better, shooting only 29.7 percent from the field.