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Second half push gives Blair edge over Wootton


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Published on: Thursday, February 27, 2014

By Holden Wilen

ROCKVILLE – The Wootton boys’ basketball team was able to hang around for a while, but in the end the boys from Montgomery Blair High School were too much in an 81-66 win on the road Tuesday evening.

Junior guard Danny Canary led five Blair (19-3) players in double figures with 24 points, including six three pointers. Junior forward Jordan Johnson added 21 points while Trey Wainwright (12 points), Lonnie Feldman (11 points) and Anthony Davis (11 points) also finished in double figures.

Despite the offensive output, head coach Damon Pigrom was disappointed in his team’s defense in the first half when it allowed Wootton (6-16) to run up and down the floor. Wootton scored 39 points in the first half, including four three pointers, to tie Blair at the intermission.

“There was absolutely no defense played by either team. That is what we did at halftime, just challenged [the team] to play defense,” Pigrom said. “We are a team that takes pride in our defense. I am not sure how much we average giving up a game, probably somewhere in the 50s, so giving up 39 points in a half is unacceptable for us. I thought we did a better job in the second half. We did a better job closing out on shooters and definitely did a better job boxing out and keeping them off the boards.”

Canary kept Blair in the game thanks to 14 first-half points, including four three pointers. Canary was playing in only his second game back after missing all of January and most of February with an injury.

The third quarter started off similar to the first half. Wootton, led by junior guard Justin Feldman, who finished with 17 points, and senior Kwame Frimpong, who finished with 16 points, managed to stay in the game. The teams traded baskets, as well as the lead, but Blair closed out the quarter on a 11-2 run to take a 63-54 lead into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter Blair continued to hit baskets while Wootton cooled off and failed to hit jump shots. The end result was another win for Blair, which enters the playoffs on a five-game winning streak.

“We are playing well right now. There are still some holes we need to tighten up but we will address those things in the next couple of days in practice and see what happens,” Pigrom said. “It’s one game at a time [in the playoffs]. We play the winner of B-CC and Walter Johnson and we will focus then on them and taking it one game at a time.”

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