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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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St. John’s dominates new Whitman lineup in summer hoops game, 81-54

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St. John's College High School's Devon Dunn (2) tries to block the shot by Walt Whitman High School's Brendan Shaver (3) during the Capitol Hoops Summer League game played at DeMatha High School.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHSt. John's Cadets' Devon Dunn (2) tries to block the shot by Whitman Vikings' Brendan Shaver (3) during Sunday's Capitol Hoops Summer League game at DeMatha High School. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  HYATTSVILLE — In recent years, head coach Chris Lun and the Walt Whitman Vikings have had success bringing in transfers from private schools, and getting an immediate impact from them. Most recently, Alex Sanson joined the Vikings from Gonzaga, and led the team in scoring.

Now, with Sanson graduating, the Vikings appeared to have discovered their next impactful transfer with Jason Lewis.

While Lewis had yet another impressive game for the Vikings in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha, Whitman proved to be no match for the St. John’s Cadets’ powerful lineup including four-star guard and University of Virginia commit Casey Morsell, as the Cadets rolled through the Vikings, 81-54.

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Richard Montgomery defeats Springbrook in Capitol Hoops game

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RM Rockets vs. Springbrook Blue Devils

HYATTSVILLE — Two premiere Montgomery County boys basketball programs were on display Friday in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha Catholic High School.

Four Richard Montgomery players scored in double digits to lead the Rockets to a 56-49 victory over Springbrook at Morgan & Kathy Wootten Gymnasium.

Miles Gally, Kordell Lewis, Ryan Cornish and Djordje Orcev led the Rockets to victory on the summer league’s second day.

Gally and Lewis each finished with 13 points while Cornish and Orcev each netted 10 points for Richard Montgomery.

Meanwhile, Springbrook was led by the dynamic duo of Timitrius Whitney-Hawkins and Xavier Harrison who combined for more than half of the Blue Devils’ total. Whitney-Hawkins scored 15 points and Harrison finished with 12 points in a losing effort.

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Despite strong performance, Paint Branch falls to Eleanor Roosevelt, 70-56

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Paint Branch Panthers' Jordan Alphonso (20) driving the lane past Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders' Isaiah Gross (25) during the Capitol Hoops Summer League game played at DeMatha High School.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHPaint Branch Panthers' Jordan Alphonso (20) driving the lane past Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders' Isaiah Gross (25) during the Capitol Hoops Summer League game played at DeMatha High School. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  HYATTSVILLE — In the 2017-18 season, the Paint Branch Panthers came just one game away from advancing to the state semifinals, and they’ll bring a lot back from that team for next year, headlined by Richard Dudley, who averaged over 20 points per game.

However, despite a strong performance from Dudley, and a lights-out shooting game from teammate Marley Sume, the Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders emerged victorious in what had been a back-and-forth game against the Panthers, the final score 70-56.

Paint Branch fell behind early in the game, but with the effortless scoring of Dudley, the Panthers stayed in the game. Paint Branch went on a 7-0 run, and took a 16-15 lead.

Paint Branch built that lead up before Eleanor Roosevelt, led by 22 first-half points by Isaiah Gross, came back to take a 28-25 lead, and took a 37-33 lead into halftime.

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Despite Oxon Hill victory, a new star emerges for Springbrook in DeMatha opener

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Springbrook Blue Devils' Timitrius Whitney-Hawkins (3) drives to the basket against the Oxon Hill Clippers in the Capitol Hoops Summer League played at DeMatha High School.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHSpringbrook Blue Devils' Timitrius Whitney-Hawkins (3) drives to the basket against the Oxon Hill Clippers in the Capitol Hoops Summer League played at DeMatha High School.   PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  HYATTSVILLE — With the end of the 2017-18 season, the Springbrook Blue Devils lost its two biggest stars, and two of the top scorers in Montgomery County in Matt Balanc and Cam Rucker.

Rucker averaged 19.6 points per game in the 2017-18 season, while Balanc averaged 17.6.

With both graduating, the Blue Devils needed to find a new source of scoring.

In Springbrook’s opening game of the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha against the Oxon Hill Clippers, the Blue Devils ultimately lost 60-56, but Timitrius Whitney-Hawkins emerged as the next star for Springbrook.

Last season, the Blue Devils guard averaged 10.6 points, just behind Rucker and Balanc, and he is the only returning starter.

“I see myself as a leader of this team,” Whitney-Hawkins said. “I think we could go very far in this summer league, and I could lead this team very long.”

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Matthew Balanc’s game is a slam dunk

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MPI MDElete 0038 1Matthew Balanc goes for the dunk during the Maryland Elite Summer League All-Star Game. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER     Springbrook senior guard Matthew Balanc is a human highlight reel.

During the Maryland Elite Basketball Summer League at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, the 6-foot-3 standout wowed fans with his highlight reel dunks.

Balanc, who averaged a team-high 20.4 points per game last season, erupted for 50 points last month in the Maryland Elite Basketball Summer League All-Star Game. He also earned game MVP honors despite his team’s 103-101 loss.

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