SILVER SPRING – In a battle of 4A East Division rivals, Blair survived a late rally from Kennedy Friday night en route to a 52-43 road victory over the Cavaliers.
Kennedy erased a 17-point halftime deficit and took a one-point lead in the fourth quarter before Blair converted 10 of 12 free throws in the final three minutes of the game to seal the win.
“[Blair head coach] Damon [Pigrom] and I are good friends and he’s a great coach,” said Kennedy head coach Diallo Nelson. “He keeps them tough. The kids are tough and they held on and they executed very well.”
POTOMAC - Missed opportunities from the field and the charity stripe helped doom the Avalon Black Knights as they fell to arch rival The Heights 55-50 despite a late rally.
The Heights Cavaliers led the entire game, at one stretch by 16 points as they won their third straight annual game against the Avalon Black Knights Friday night.
In a game eerily similar to that of last year the Cavaliers defense blocked many of Avalon’s shots, and the Black Knights failed to convert on several fouls by falling short at the free throw line. Tracy Johnson, the Black Knights leading scorer found it rough going from the field while Avalon big men Phil Corcoran and Berthin Mayo also had a tough time hauling in rebounds.
ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery College Raptors rallied in the final minute Saturday for a 68-65 home victory over the College of Southern Maryland.
Richard Montgomery graduate Alex Chike converted a pair of free throws and then scored a layup with 16 seconds remaining to put the Raptors ahead to stay.
“We just came together,” said Chike, who finished with 13 points, “and just strapped down on defense.”
Phoenix Butler-Poole, a Springbrook alum, added a pair of free throws to account for the final margin of victory.
DERWOOD - The Magruder Colonels (9-1) snapped the Quince Orchard Cougars (7-2) 7 game winning streak by defeating the visiting Cougars 59-48. The Magruder Colonels are coming off a huge victory over the Gaithersburg Trojans
The two teams are pretty familiar with each other having to play 3 times last year, the final game being the Regional semi-finals. This game was closer than any other games between the two due several turnovers by the Colonels.
“Turnovers killed us in the first half, but in the second half we were able to adjust”, said Magruder’s guard Nick Griffin. Quince Orchard’s lack of rebounding enabled the Magruder Colonels to seal the victory in the second half.
“We have to active receivers, our players have to be hungry for the ball,” said head coach Dan Harwood who emphasized the need to make smart passes as a major key to get his offense moving.
SILVER SPRING – Springbrook snapped Magruder’s 31-game winning streak Wednesday night, defeating the visiting Colonels in overtime, 59-55.
Springbrook’s win came nearly two years to the day Magruder ended the Blue Devils 61-game winning streak against Montgomery County opponents. On Dec. 22, 2010, Magruder defeated Springbrook in overtime, 68-67.
The two schools have combined to capture four of the last five Maryland 4A state championships and become fierce rivals over the years.
“There’s a lot of respect in the rivalry,” said Springbrook head coach Tom Crowell, whose team improved to 5-0. “It’s not a nasty rivalry. We respect Magruder.”
Springbrook junior guard Andrew Robinson scored a team-high 14 points and senior guard Tomazye Anderson finished with 11 points for the Blue Devils.
Meanwhile, Magruder (5-1) was led by senior guard Nick Griffin who finished with a game-high 17 points. Magruder senior guard J.J. Epps and junior forward Brian Coleman each scored 12 points for the Colonels.
Springbrook rallied from a 42-33 deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime. The Blue Devils outscored the Colonels 13-9 during the extra session.