Friday, March 07, 2014 2:51 AM
Published on: Thursday, January 16, 2014
By Holden Wilen
SANDY SPRING – Led by senior forward Andrew Robinson’s game-high 26 points, the Springbrook Blue Devils picked up a one-sided 70-44 road win against the rival Sherwood Warriors.
Robinson got off to a quick start, notching 14 points in the first half as Springbrook (8-2) outscored Sherwood (6-4) 33-23 in the first half.
Head coach Tom Crowell missed the game because of an illness to his mother, so assistant coach Darnell Myers took over the coaching reigns for the evening.
“I had to coach the first half of the JV game (at Springbrook) and then run all the way over here,” Myers said. “It was a little busy but this is a great group of kids to work with.”
In the second half Springbrook began to pull away. A key play occurred with just over three minutes left in the third quarter when junior Jermaine Ukaegbu put down a put-back dunk off a missed shot. Myers said the play gave his team all of the momentum.
“That dunk really gave the kids the opportunity to say we really have to get after them and really got to play,” Myers said. “They are playing together as a team and that is the difference with these kids.”
Robinson continued his hot shooting in the second half and put an exclamation mark on the victory with a dunk of his own on a fastbreak in the fourth quarter. Robinson said he is always motivated to come out and play hard, but even more so this game because Sherwood had beaten Springbrook every year he has been on the team.
Myers, along with Sherwood coach Tim Gilchrist, said they have seen a marked improvement in Robinson’s game since last season.
“I was in the gym every day (during the summer) working on my ballhandling and all facets of my game,” Robinson said. “I worked on getting to the basket and becoming a better all-around player. The game has definitely slowed down and it is coming to me easier. It has made a big difference this year.”
Once exam week is ever, Springbrook will take on Clarksburg. Sherwood, which is still searching for its first 4A East division win, will take on Richard Montgomery.