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Springbrook falls to Sidwell Friends in Capitol Hoops action

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Springbrook's Xavier Harris (2) goes for the underhanded layup as he navigates the Sidwell Friends defense during the Capitol Hoops game played at DeMatha High School on Friday.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHSpringbrook's Xavier Harris (2) goes for the underhanded layup as he navigates the Sidwell Friends defense during the Capitol Hoops game played at DeMatha High School on Friday. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  HYATTSVILLE – Christian Gamble scored a team-high 17 points Friday to lead Sidwell Friends to a 64-58 victory over Springbrook in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha.

Gamble, a 14-year-old rising freshman, finished 7-of-11 from the field against the Blue Devils and scored a variety of baskets from inside the paint at Morgan and Kathy Wootten Gymnasium.

Mike Brown, who went 7-of-8 from the field, finished with 16 points and nine rebounds for Sidwell Friends.

Gamble, a Silver Spring resident, said he’s received inspiration from his brother, Alexander, who currently plays at the University of Rochester.

Alexander Gamble was named team MVP as a junior and earned the Coaches Award during his senior campaign at Sidwell Friends where he averaged 15 points, six rebounds and four assists per game during his varsity career at the D.C. private school.

“The family is very familiar with how I do things,” said Sidwell Friends head coach Eric Singletary. “[Christian] has worked on his body. He’s got a chance to be a really good player.”

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Whitman dominates Paint Branch in Capitol Hoops action

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Whitman Vikings vs. PB PanthersHYATTSVILLE — On the second-to-last day of the Capital Hoops Summer Basketball League at DeMatha Catholic High School, two Montgomery County squads were leaning towards the playoffs, as the Whitman Vikings (4-6) upset the Paint Branch Panthers (5-5) by the score of 68-48.

In the beginning of the game, both teams struggled to make buckets, and midway through the first half, the Vikings had led 12-5. But the Panthers kept things close by the end of the half as the deficit was 29-23.

However, Whitman took care of business the rest of the way, offensively and defensively. Jason Lewis led the Vikings with 21 points, while Brendan Shaver registered a double-double (19 points and 14 rebounds), with 11 of his rebounds coming on defense, and Justin Niles put up 12 points and went 4-for-6 from three-point range. Lewis also forced three of the team’s 12 turnovers.

“I fed off my teammates,” Lewis said. “Everybody was moving the ball. We played tough defensively, so that allowed us to get easy buckets off rebounds and getting stops on D.”

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Good Counsel soundly defeats Whitman in Capitol Hoops, 67-52

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Good Counsel's Antoine Jacks (7) guarded by Whitman's Jason Lewis (15), in a Capitol Hoops Summer League game at DeMatha High School on Monday.  PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH Good Counsel's Antoine Jacks (7) guarded by Whitman's Jason Lewis (15), in a Capitol Hoops Summer League game at DeMatha High School on Monday. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  HYATTSVILLE — Good Counsel Falcons assistant basketball coach Anthony Guy gave a spirited postgame speech to the team Monday following their 67-52 win over the Whitman Vikings in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha Catholic High School’s Morgan and Kathy Wootten Gymnasium.

“That’s the reason we won this game,” Guy told the team in the postgame huddle. “Tenacious defense.”

The Falcons outscored Whitman in both halves and played suffocating defense against their Montgomery County public school opponent.

Good Counsel point guard Antoine Jacks scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Falcons to victory over Whitman.

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RM Rockets overpower DeMatha Stags in Capitol Hoops, 80-70

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Richard Montgomery Rockets' Djordje Orcev (11) takes it to the hoop between DeMatha Stags' Steve Settle (32) and Jerrell Roberson (20) during the Capitol Hoops game played on the Stags' home court Saturday.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHRichard Montgomery Rockets' Djordje Orcev (11) takes it to the hoop between DeMatha Stags' Steve Settle (32) and Jerrell Roberson (20) during the Capitol Hoops game Saturday.    PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  HYATTSVILLE — David slayed Goliath on Saturday in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha.

In a public school-private school matchup between Richard Montgomery and DeMatha, the Rockets overpowered the Stags en route to an 80-70 victory at DeMatha Catholic High School’s Morgan and Kathy Wootten Gymnasium.

The gym was silent in the cheering section and there was no celebration from Richard Montgomery following the win. It was business as usual for the Rockville public school boys’ basketball program.

“We’re trying to make playoffs so this is going to help us out a lot there,” said Richard Montgomery head coach David Breslaw, whose team rebounded from a 25-point loss to St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes earlier in the day.

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St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes clobbers Blake in Capitol Hoops game, 102-45

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Blake Bengals’ Matthew Oudkerk (25) makes the underhand layup past St. Stephen/St. Agnes Saints’ Eric Gordon (4) in a Capitol Hoops game at DeMatha on Saturday. The Saints would go on to crush the Bengals, 102-45. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHBlake Bengals’ Matthew Oudkerk (25) makes the underhand layup past St. Stephen's/St. Agnes Saints’ Eric Gordon (4) in a Capitol Hoops game Saturday. The Saints would go on to crush the Bengals, 102-45. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  HYATTSVILLE — Saturday morning in a Capital Hoops Summer League game at DeMatha Catholic High School, the Silver Spring-based Blake Bengals (0-9) took on the Saints of St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (7-0) from Alexandria, Virginia. It wasn’t pretty, as the Saints basically dominated the majority of the game and won by a lopsided score of 102-45.

It seemed like Blake didn’t have a chance, as the Bengals were a winless team going up against an undefeated squad. The Saints made shot after shot, and dunk after dunk. The score at halftime was 54-24.

Blake’s Raef Hetherington carried his team through the crushing defeat, putting up a game-high 21 points, nailing four three-pointers, and forcing three turnovers.

“I try to push everybody else,” Hetherington said. “Bring them up with me, try and get everybody to go around, but sometimes we come short. So I just got to do what I got to do.”

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B-CC beats Takoma Academy in Capitol Hoops

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase's Elijah Wood throws down this dunk and scored 16 points in the 67-64 win over Takoma Academy. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBethesda-Chevy Chase's Elijah Wood throws down a dunk and scored 16 points in the 67-64 win over Takoma Academy. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK HYATTSVILLE — The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons overcame a two-point halftime deficit Monday en route to a 67-64 win over the Takoma Academy Tigers in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha.

“We all just decided to wake up and get the win,” said B-CC’s 6-foot-6 point guard Elijah Wood, who finished with a team-high 16 points for the Barons.

Wood, who added seven rebounds, led three B-CC players in double figures along with Kevin McAuliffe, who scored 14 points and Cole Doherty, who registered 11 points.

McAuliffe, a 6-foot rising senior, registered a double-double for the Barons, finishing with eleven rebounds.

“That’s my first option so he’s very helpful,” said Wood. “He was a spot-up shooter last year. He can take you off the dribble. He’s just gotten better.”

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Springbrook Blue Devils fall to O’Connell Knights in Capitol Hoops game, 69-57

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Springbrook’s Jonathan Lapierre (23) gets trapped as he drives to the basket during during Capitol Hoops game played at DeMatha. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHSpringbrook’s Jonathan Lapierre (23) gets trapped as he drives to the basket during during Capitol Hoops game played at DeMatha. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  HYATTSVILLE – Despite a game-high 23 points from rising senior Timitrius Hawkins, the Springbrook Blue Devils couldn’t overcome a talented Bishop O’Connell squad Friday in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha, as the Knights defeated the Blue Devils, 69-57.

Point guard Ayan Teel led four Knights in double figures en route to a Bishop O’Connell victory over Springbrook at Morgan and Kathy Wootten Gymnasium.

“They are a good team,” said Springbrook head coach Darnell Myers, “and they’re well-coached and they got good players.”

Teel, who finished with 14 points, helped Bishop O’Connell jump out to a 32-30 advantage in the first half before the Knights blew the game open in the second half.

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Landon Bears take down Good Counsel in Capitol Hoops game, 69-54

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Canin Reynolds (2) of Landon uses his speed and hops to score over Good Counsel's Dayjuan Waters. Reynolds was the game's high scorer with 25 points. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKCanin Reynolds (2) of Landon uses his speed and jumps to score over Good Counsel's Dayjuan Waters. Reynolds was the game's high scorer with 25 points. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  HYATTSVILLE — The quick one-two punch of Landon guards Canin Reynolds and Kino Lilly proved to be too much for their opponents as the Landon Bears took down the Good Counsel Falcons 69-54 Tuesday night in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha Catholic High School.

“I love Kino because he can shoot and I can always count on him to knock it down,” said Reynolds.

“Canin helps me get open shots because he can drive and kick, he does really well at that,” said Lilly.

At the start of the second half, Landon was down 29-28 after the Falcons had halted the Bears’ hot start.

“We picked up our defensive intensity,” said Good Counsel coach Anthony Guy. “The first couple minutes they were able to get any look they wanted but we turned up the ball pressure and got some hands in the passing lanes, turned them over, got some stops and that got us back in the game.”

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Whitman boys victorious in summer hoops game with Central, 62-57

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Central's Craig Morton misses this shot but draws the foul from Whitman's Josh Weinberg. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKCentral's Craig Morton misses this shot but draws the foul from Whitman's Josh Weinberg. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  HYATTSVILLE — The Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha is in full swing with local teams taking on non-conference opponents in matchups that don’t normally occur in the regular season. Tuesday was no different as the Whitman Vikings (3-3) clashed with and defeated the 1-3 Central Falcons from Prince George’s County by a score of 62-57.

At first, it appeared as though Central was going to extend its 14-point halftime lead and cruise to an easy victory, as Whitman registered just 16 points in a sluggish first half. Falcons forward Devonte Young (15 points) led the charge as he grabbed second-chance rebounds under the basket, drawing a foul in the process. Central point guard Craig Morton (six points) passed off to Young after a fast break for an easy two points under the basket.

Meanwhile, the Vikings couldn’t seem to get going at the foul line after as several players missed their free throws, totaling six in a row. The Vikings also strung together a scoreless four-minute period that allowed Central to add to its comfortable lead.

“We just over-dribbled and haven’t moved the ball and haven’t gotten guys good shots,” said Vikings head coach Chris Lun of his team’s first-half performance. “We were just stagnant, standing around, no energy. We had to make a decision if we’re going to keep playing like that or are we actually going to share the ball and be unselfish. The guys stepped up.”

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After slow start, Bullis offense finally clicks in hoops win over Good Counsel

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Good Counsel's Bryce Walker takes it to the hoop past Bullis School's Kolin Lewis (3) during the Capitol Hoops Summer League game Saturday at DeMatha Catholic High School. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHGood Counsel Falcons' Bryce Walker takes it to the hoop past Bullis Bulldogs' Kolin Lewis (3) during the Summer League game Saturday at DeMatha Catholic High School. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  HYATTSVILLE — In its second game of the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha, the Bullis Bulldogs offense got off to a sluggish start. However, the Bullis offense finally clicked midway through the first half, and dominated the Good Counsel Falcons for the rest of the game, winning 73-52.

Good Counsel took a six-point lead, 19-13, early in the game, as they had a hot start offensively, while Bullis had a more difficult time finding open shots.

Nendah Tarke, the new leader for the Bulldogs, didn’t start the game, but when he checked in, Bullis got rolling.

Behind Tarke and Kolin Lewis, Bullis closed the gap, and took a 28-27 lead late in the first half, their first lead of the game.

It was a lead Bullis would not relinquish.

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