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RM edges out Good Counsel in Maryland Elite hoops game

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Good Counsel's Bez Mbeng (5) takes it to the hoop past Richard Montgomery High  School's Ryan Cornish (3) and Brian Sadeghi (1).  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHGood Counsel's Bez Mbeng (5) takes it to the hoop past Richard Montgomery's Ryan Cornish (3) and Brian Sadeghi (1). PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  ROCKVILLE — Djordje Orcev saved the best for last.

The Richard Montgomery Rockets’ rising senior scored two key baskets late in Monday’s game against the Good Counsel Falcons, sparking the Rockets to a 43-40 victory over the Falcons in the Maryland Elite Summer League at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School.

“He had an awesome game,” Richard Montgomery assistant Azhar Shamsudeen said afterward.

Orcev, who finished with a game-high 18 points, converted a free throw with 49.6 seconds remaining in the contest and scored in traffic to help the Rockets seal the deal in the waning moments.

“We were down for most of the game,” said Orcev. “It was a rough first half, definitely, and we came back, we inched forward and at the end there we had to close it out.”

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Francesco Molinari wins Quicken Loans National; Tiger Woods places 4th

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Francesco Molinari smashes his drive on the 18th hole for a record-tying 8-under par performance on the day and 21-under par tournament - his first win on the PGA Tour. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKFrancesco Molinari from Turin, Italy smashes his drive on the 18th hole for a record-tying 8-under par performance on the day and 21-under par tournament - his first win on the PGA Tour. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — Although tournament host Tiger Woods was the center of attention throughout the week, Italy’s Francesco Molinari grabbed the spotlight on the final day of the Quicken Loans National.

Molinari earned his first official PGA Tour victory on Sunday and became the first Italian to win on the PGA Tour since 1947.

Molinari’s victory at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm helped him earn a handsome share of the $7,100,000 purse.

“I’ve always said that the next stage of my career would have been to win over here, and to do it in this fashion, it’s even better,” said Molinari, who pocketed a $1,278,000 paycheck. “I’m very proud the way I played today, probably some of the best golf I’ve ever played and I’ll ever play in the future. I think it’s hard to play better than this.”

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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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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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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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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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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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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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