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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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G. Prep faces off against Paint Branch, wins 64-54 in Capitol Hoops game

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Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas' Quentin Southall (34) takes it to the hoop past Paint Branch Panthers' Richard Dudley (5) during the Capitol Hoops Summer League game on Saturday at DeMatha Catholic High School.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHGeorgetown Prep Little Hoyas' Quentin Southall (34) takes it to the hoop past Paint Branch Panthers' Richard Dudley (5) during the Summer League game Saturday at DeMatha Catholic High School. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  HYATTSVILLE — As one of Montgomery County’s top private school varsity boys basketball teams faced off with one of its top public school teams, it was the shooting of Kamdyn Curfman that led the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas to victory over the Paint Branch Panthers in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha Catholic High School, by a score of 64-54.

Curfman, one of two remaining starters from last year’s IAC title team, will see his role change drastically. Last year, he was more of a spot-up shooter, whereas in the coming 2018-19 season, he will have the ball in his hands much more, and be relied upon as one of the primary scorers on the team.

It’s a role he is taking on well for the Little Hoyas in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha.

“Definitely more volume of shots, I’m not used to taking that many shots, but I have to step up offensively. Do more, get to the basket more, get more assists, get more dump-offs to bigger guys…get everyone involved, and I have to be cognizant of getting everyone involved,” Curfman said of his changing role.

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Bullis Bulldogs victorious over Bishop O’Connell in Capitol Hoops game

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Bullis School's Nendah Tarke (4) taking it to the hoop after beating Bishop O'Connell High School's Jahmal Banks (35) down court in the Capitol Hoops Summer League game played Friday, June 8, 2018 at DeMatha Catholic High School.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHThe Bullis Bulldogs' Nendah Tarke (4) takes it to the hoop after beating the Bishop O'Connell Knights' Jahmal Banks (35) down court in a Capitol Hoops Summer League game on Friday. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  HYATTSVILLE – It was only fitting that Nendah Tarke had the ball in his hands when time on the game clock expired.

Tarke, a rising senior, finished with a game-high 19 points Friday to lead the Bullis Bulldogs to a 71-62 victory over the Bishop O’Connell Knights in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha Catholic High School.

Tarke, who already holds an offer from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, will fill the void created by the graduation of star point guard Vado Morse.

“I’m going to embrace this new role as the leader of the team and I hope it takes us far in this summer league,” said Tarke.

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After three-year drought, Good Counsel Falcons finally defeat rival DeMatha in overtime

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DeMatha vs. Good CounselHYATTSVILLE – After three years and several losses, all it finally took was an overtime period Friday night for the Good Counsel varsity football team to once again defeat its WCAC archrival DeMatha Stags at Marvin F. Wilson Stadium, 20-14.

A light drizzle fell during the course of the game, similar to the game on Oct. 3, 2014 when the Falcons last scored a win over DeMatha. The two final scores (three years earlier, it was 21-14) were almost identical.

This time, however, it wasn’t a quarterback sneak that won the game for Good Counsel and spoiled DeMatha’s Senior Day. It was junior running back Latrele Palmer and his gritty, hard-nosed running style. Palmer shoved his way through the DeMatha defense in overtime for the game-winning touchdown as the Falcons gleefully poured onto the field. Palmer was so fired up that he tore his helmet off as he and his teammates celebrated their hard-fought victory.

“We came in knowing it was going to be a dogfight and then we just came out and executed and won,” said Palmer. “We just needed the big play and I was the one who made it. It’s unbelievable. We haven’t beat these guys in a couple of years.”

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Former DeMatha graduate to be top NBA draft pick

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Markelle FultzMarkelle Fultz.     PHOTO BY BRANDY L. SIMMS  2016 DeMatha graduate Markelle Fultz is expected to be the top overall selection in Thursday’s NBA Draft at Barclays Center.

If that happens, Fultz will become the first DeMatha product ever selected with the top pick in the draft.

That’s quite impressive when you consider the talent that has come through the Hyattsville private school over the years.

“That’s huge,” said Potomac resident Mamadi Diane, a 2005 DeMatha graduate who played at the University of Virginia. “That’s a great feat in itself. I know the folks at DeMatha are very excited.”

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