Saturday, May 25, 2013 3:39 PM
Published on: Thursday, February 07, 2013
By Holden Wilen
BETHESDA - What the Quince Orchard boys’ basketball lacks in height, it more than makes up for in resiliency and toughness.
Coming off two consecutive losses to Sherwood and Magruder, Quince Orchard pulled off a 64-46 upset of Churchill on the road in what was the second night of back-to-back games. Senior guard Charles Porter said he talked to his teammates after the team’s 54-39 loss to Magruder on Monday, and told them they would win Tuesday night.
“I told everyone last night when we were on the bench when that clock hit zero,” Porter said. “I was like it’s mandatory to win tomorrow. I don’t care who it is and where we are, we’re going to win no matter what and tonight we blew them out.”
Porter led Quince Orchard with a game-high 29 points, knocking down eight of his 17 field-goal attempts. He also made 12 of 16 free-throws. As a team, Quince Orchard shot 38 percent from the field.
The Quince Orchard team is the shortest in the county, Porter said. In fact, no player on the team is taller than six-feet three inches. The team doesn’t get intimidated by height, Porter said, and uses speed and toughness to win ball games.
Quince Orchard coach Paul Foringer said his team plays hard because it’s the only way his team will win.
“We always fight hard,” Foringer said. “It’s one thing we’ve talked about is the only way because we seem like we’re so weak and so small, the only way we can battle is to press, trap and just fight like crazy. Kids hate me because in practice we do diving for balls drills. That’s the kinds of things that we’ve taught them, and that’s really how they believe they have to play to win.”
Quince Orchard started the game cold, which is something Foringer said has been a common problem for his team. With three minutes to go in the first quarter Quince Orchard found itself down 7-0. Foringer said the players were taking too many jump shots and not driving to the basket. The team did not stop playing hard, however, and ended the first quarter on an 8-0 run to take the lead going into the second quarter.
In the second quarter, Churchill regained the lead. Trailing 17-14, Quince Orchard again rallied and ended the half on 9-2 run to take a 23-19 into the break. In the second half, Quince Orchard was finally able to break away, outscoring Churchill 41-27 in the half. A key series of plays occurred as the third quarter winded down as Quince Orchard ended the quarter on another 8-8 run, capped by a buzzer-beating jump shot by Porter to extend the lead to 45-31.
For Churchill, the loss ends an eight-game winning streak which began on Jan. 4 in a win over Wootton. Churchill was not able to match the intensity of Quince Orchard, committing 20 turnovers and surrendering a countless number offensive rebounds and second-chance scoring opportunities.
“We did a bad job on the glass which is usually a strength of ours and been a reason we’ve won a lot of our games this year,” said Matt Miller, Churchill head coach. “I think we took a night off and took wins for granted.”
For the game, Churchill shot 37.8 percent from the field. Senior forward Bryant Wheatley led the team with 11 points. The Bulldogs’ top two leading scorers, junior guard Malik Harris and senior guard Dominique Williams, each scored 10 points. Harris shot 2/10 from the field.
For Quince Orchard, Foringer said the upset win on the road could be a defining moment of the team’s season as they close out the season.
“I think this jump starts us through the end of February and hopefully into the playoffs,” Foringer said. “We needed this. We needed something like this just because of the last two games.”