B-CC Barons beat RM Rockets in boys hoops, 63-40

B CC Barons vs. RM RocketsBETHESDA — Miles English scored a game-high 21 points Friday to lead the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity boys basketball team to a 63-40 win over the visiting Richard Montgomery Rockets on Senior Night.

English, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, was an integral force for the Barons who closed out the regular season with an 18-2 record.

“He’s pretty much been the backbone of this team all year,” said B-CC head coach Sean Tracy. “He does everything. He’s just one of those guys that you tell him to do something he goes out and executes.”


Springbrook boys defeat Blake, 85-56, in final regular season game

Springbrook’s Cameron Rucker (21) cleanly blocks this shot by Malik Raheem (32) of Blake. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHSpringbrook’s Cameron Rucker (21) cleanly blocks this shot by Malik Raheem (32) of Blake. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  SILVER SPRING — The visiting Springbrook Blue Devils varsity boys basketball team ended the regular season on a high note as they dispatched the Blake Bengals 85-56 and senior guard Matthew Balanc scored his 1000th point.

But for every high there is a low: shortly after making his milestone bucket, Balanc exited the game at the start of the third quarter with an unspecified injury and did not return.

The scrappy Bengals squad held up tonight against a strong Blue Devils squad. Blake came in with a losing record of 8-13, while Springbrook entered with an impressive 17-4 record.

Blue Devils senior forward Cameron Rucker started the game with a three-pointer, to which Bengals sophomore guard Raef Hetherington responded with a three-point bucket of his own.


Gaithersburg dominates Churchill, 90-56, earns second seed in playoffs

20180216 Churchill Gaithersburg Boys Bball 5Gaithersburg's Jordan Hawkins blocks Churchill's Valvin Piker's drive to basket. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — The visiting Gaithersburg Trojans varsity boys basketball team ended the regular season with a bang Friday when the Trojans strode into the Dawg Pound and handed the Churchill Bulldogs their 12th loss of the season, 90-56.

The Trojans proved their prowess on both sides of the ball as the defense forced multiple turnovers and beat the Bulldogs on the defensive boards. Freshman guards Jordan Hawkins (26 points) and Jao Ituka (18 points) continued their season-long campaign of highlight reel plays that gave Gaithersburg a comfortable lead for most of the evening.

The Trojans began to pull away after an 18-point unanswered scoring run lasted into the beginning of the second quarter. Churchill’s student section, the Dawg Pound, was uncharacteristically quiet as they watched Hawkins steal the ball during a fast break and take it back up the court for an easy two points.

The Bulldogs appeared renewed in the second half as junior guards John Mbeng and Michael Janis combined for 14 third-quarter points that cut into Gaithersburg’s substantial halftime lead.


RM Rockets boys shine with 65-57 win over Churchill Bulldogs

Churchill Bulldogs vs. RM RocketsROCKVILLE — The Richard Montgomery Rockets varsity boys basketball team celebrated their seniors’ last regular season home game with a 65-57 win over the Churchill Bulldogs in a scrappy Tuesday night game.

For most of the night the visiting Bulldogs were nipping at the Rockets’ heels and were able to make up for a poor first quarter by drastically improving the rest of the game.

The improvement was not enough to overcome a scrappy Rockets squad that was able to play an effective game of catch-up and brushed off the Bulldogs’ challenges.

The first quarter ended 14-7 in favor of the Rockets, with senior Rockets forward Xavier Harris scoring five points.


Blair Blazers take down Blake in girls hoops, 50-32

Blair's Nora Olagbaju skies for an offense rebound and put back aginst Blake defenders. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBlair's Nora Olagbaju skies for an offense rebound and put back aginst Blake defenders. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  SILVER SPRING – The Montgomery Blair Blazers varsity girls basketball team made a statement Tuesday when it handily defeated the visiting Blake Bengals, 50-32.

The Blazers opened the game with an 11-0 scoring run and never relinquished their lead. Senior guard Alayna McFadden (15 points) and senior forward Aissatou Bokoum (10 points) made sure a Bengals comeback was out of the question as McFadden cut through the Blake defense and Bokoum dominated on the offensive boards.

Even though Blake created turnovers and players were going to the ground to grab the ball, the Bengals couldn’t translate their efforts to the scoreboard and trailed 28-9 at halftime.

Blake’s pair of shining moments came courtesy of senior guard Kennedy Love in the third quarter. Love hit two back-to-back three-pointers to try to cut into Blair’s lead. However, with McFadden shouting instructions to her teammates from the top of the key and senior forward Nora Olagbaju registering six points in the third quarter, the Bengals couldn’t recover.


Damascus handles Glenelg for second straight year, earns sixth straight duals crown

Damascus Swarmin HornetsGlenelg came up empty for matching its trio of Howard County champions against their Damascus counterparts during Saturday’s Class 2A state duals at North Point High in Charles County, a factor critical to a definitive 49-16 victory for the Swarmin’ Hornets.

Senior John Allan Furgeson (160), sophomore Tim Furgeson (170) and senior Ben Lokos (182), all county champions, ground out tough decisions over state runner-up Max Sotka, Jacob Jones and fourth-place state finisher Sam Alsheimer as the Swarmin’ Hornets completed their second consecutive 25-0 dual meet season with their 152nd win in a row and their program’s unprecedented sixth straight state duals championship.

“We definitely knew the strength in their lineup was right there,” said Lokos, who missed all of last year due to a knee injury but won a county championship as a sophomore before finishing third at regions and states.

“It was really great seeing John Allan win. Then, to see Timmy beat his guy really pumped me up. After I won, we knew it was over and they were demoralized. That was the nail was in the coffin, so to speak.”


Landon’s Gallagher dominates Melee on Metro, gears up for private school states

Wrestling clip artLandon’s Brendon Gallagher (145) won all five bouts, including a 16-0 technical fall in his semifinal and a pin for his title, to earn Outstanding Wrestler honors at the Melee On The Metro Tournament at Wilson High in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

Gallagher decked Grady Hotz of St. Mary’s Ryken in 2:34 of his championship bout, being among the Bears’ (163 points) seven place-winners toward finishing third in the 20-team field behind champion St. Christopher’s of Virginia (326.5) and Germantown Academy of Pennsylvania (197).

Taking second was Lorenzo Lopez (126), with Axel Giron (120) being third, Luc Schermer (132), Matt Amitay (138) and Jonny Gherman (152) all fifth, and Terrance Bridgers (285), sixth.

“Getting OW was great, especially knowing how many good wrestlers were at the tournament,” said Gallagher, a senior returning private schools state runner-up and two-time Interstate Athletic Conference champion. “I wrestled well this weekend. I just wanted to try to score in every position and get to my offense. It was only my second time at 145, and I felt great.”


B-CC Barons crush Northwood Gladiators in girls basketball, 75-28

B-CC’s Caitlyn Clendenin (21) breaks through the Northwood defense for an underhand layup. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHB-CC’s Caitlyn Clendenin (21) breaks through the Northwood defense for an underhand layup. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH 

BETHESDA — In the midst of a tight race for the number one seed in the playoffs, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity girls basketball team didn’t let the visiting Northwood Gladiators get in the way, handily defeating them 75-28.

“We had to be relentless on defense and keep our intensity up,” Barons points guard Charlotte Lowndes said.

In the first game of a B-CC/Northwood varsity girls and boys double-header, the Barons scored the first basket, and the Gladiators quickly got one of their own to tie the score at two. However, that 2-2 score was the closest Northwood ever would come to the lead. B-CC quickly jumped out to a 9-2 lead, and soon left Northwood in their dust.


Quince Orchard girls narrowly avoid defeat to vanquish Springbrook 42-39

QO Cougars vs. Springbrook Blue DevilsSILVER SPRING — It was never a dull minute Friday night in the varsity girls basketball matchup between the visiting Quince Orchard Cougars and the Springbrook Blue Devils, as the Cougars squeaked by with a three-point margin to win 42-39.

Going by the standings before the game, the Cougars were likely to be favored, as the visitors came in with an 8-10-1 record to the Blue Devils’ 5-13-1.

Once the game was underway, there was no sign of an impending blowout or a certain victor, as every minute the game was under grabs for either squad.

The first quarter proved that both teams were on near-equal footing as they each traded shots and would respond bucket for bucket.


Bullis boys victorious on Senior Night against Landon, 61-50

Bullis’ Vado Morse drives for a reverse layup on his way to 19 points against Landon. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBullis’ Vado Morse drives for a reverse layup on his way to 19 points against Landon. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — The scene had all the trappings of a heated Interstate Athletic Conference rivalry.

Before an overflow crowd, Bullis senior point guard Vado Morse scored a game-high 19 points Friday to lead the Bulldogs to a 61-50 victory over Landon on Senior Night at Bullis Athletic Center.

“It was a good team win,” said Morse. “A good team performance.”

Morse said he wanted to impress the crowd and put on a show in front of the audience.

“I had a slow start at the beginning of the first half and I knew that I had to pick it up to get momentum for my team so I tried to do that the second half,” he said.