Gaithersburg Trojans fall to Perry Hall Gators in boys hoops state semis, 85-62

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Gaithersburg senior guard Kevin Neal (3) runs into the brick wall that is Perry Hall senior forward Anthony Higgs (24). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHGaithersburg Trojans' senior guard Kevin Neal (3) runs into the brick wall that is the Perry Hall Gators' senior forward Anthony Higgs (24). The Trojans would fall to the Gators, 85-62. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  COLLEGE PARK — The Gaithersburg Trojans were simply overmatched by the Perry Hall Gators Thursday night in the Maryland 4A state semifinals at Xfinity Center.

Although the Trojans sought to capture their first state championship in 20 years, Gaithersburg couldn’t handle a Perry Hall varsity boys basketball team that was on a mission.

Perry Hall, the defending Maryland 4A state champion, moved a step closer to another state title by posting an 85-62 victory over the Trojans.

Xavier Gravette led four Gators in double figures with a game-high 19 points and Tyler Holley added 17 points while Anthony Walker and Anthony Higgs added 15 points each.

Perry Hall boasted a roster that most Maryland private school basketball programs would envy; the Gators feature 6-foot-9 LaQuill Hardnett along with the 6-foot-8 Walker and Higgs. Cameron Wheeler, Gravette and Holley are each listed at 6-foot-4.

“We haven’t played anybody in Montgomery County with that type of size,” Gaithersburg head coach Jeff Holda said afterward. “The closest thing would be Paint Branch.”


Gaithersburg Trojans vanquish B-CC Barons, 76-57

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Jao3 EditJao Ituka makes a break down the floor after stealing the ball from B-CC's Miles English resulting in a dunk for two points by Ituka. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  GAITHERSBURG — Standout freshmen Jao Ituka and Jordan Hawkins combined for 41 points Friday night to lead the Gaithersburg Trojans to a 76-57 home victory over Bethesda-Chevy Chase.

Ituka, Gaithersburg’s leading scorer, finished with a season-high 24 points and Hawkins added 17 points, a season high for him as well.

Meanwhile, Kevin Neal, a talented senior guard, finished with 16 points to help lift the Trojans to a 4-0 record with wins over Wheaton, Rockville and Northwood in addition to B-CC.

“Kevin is the most under-looked senior in the county in my opinion,” said Gaithersburg head coach Jeff Holda. “He’s ridiculously talented.”

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