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Wootton’s Lewis hopes to follow in his father’s NFL footsteps

Ralin Lewis hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of FameRalin Lewis hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. COURTESY PHOTO  Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is scheduled to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend.
Lewis, a Florida native, spent 17 years in the NFL and the fruits of his labor will be rewarded on Saturday with the ultimate prize.
Ralin Lewis, a rising Wootton High School senior, is among those who plan to be in attendance at his father’s induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio.
“I’m proud to see that my father finally made it after all his years of hard work,” said the 17-year-old. “It’s just great.”

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Richard Montgomery Rockets defeat Good Counsel to win Maryland Elite Hoops championship

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Richard Montgomery Rockets' Austin Cheung takes a charge from Good Counsel's Bez Mbeng (5) in the final critical minutes of the Elite Summer League Championship Game played at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day Center on Wednesday. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHGood Counsel's Bez Mbeng (5) charges RM Rockets' Austin Cheung in the final critical minutes of the Maryland Elite Summer League championship game at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day Center on Wednesday night.           PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  NORTH BETHESDA — The 2018 Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League season came to a close Wednesday night as the No. 3-seeded Richard Montgomery Rockets came through when Ryan Cornish made a key steal and hit the game-winning layup to help the Rockets beat the No. 5-seeded Good Counsel Falcons 31-29 and win the championship.

“As a team, we did it all together,” Cornish said. “Not one of us took it over. It was all as one team.”

There wasn’t much scoring in this game. After all, the final score was only 31-29. Both teams failed to score within the first minute. Missed shots and turnovers were key in the championship game.

Nonetheless, the game was still close throughout, as RM led 16-14 at halftime behind eight points from Cornish. He added five more points in the second half to finish with 13.

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With G-Burg defeat, Good Counsel heads to summer league championship

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Gaithersburg Trojans vs. Good Counsel FalconsROCKVILLE — “Earn your spot.”

That’s the phrase Good Counsel head coach Anthony Guy repeated to his players over and over throughout the summer season as the Good Counsel Falcons participated in the Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League.

The Falcons took that motto to heart on Tuesday and earned their spot in Wednesday’s championship finals by soundly defeating the top-seeded Gaithersburg Trojans 62-39 at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School Daniel Pearl Memorial Gymnasium.

Evident on the court was another of Guy’s mantras: “strength in numbers.” With a handful of key players missing the semifinals game due to other commitments, Falcons like RJ Floyd (17 points) and Bez Mbeng (19 points) made short work of the Trojans to ensure Good Counsel never relinquished its comfortable lead.

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Good Counsel Falcons topple Einstein in Md. Elite hoops

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Good Counsel's Chidera Nwosu (9) outjumps Albert Einstein High School's Jack Causby (12) at the tip off of the Elite Summer League game played at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School on Tuesday, July 17.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHGood Counsel's Chidera Nwosu (9) outjumps Einstein's Jack Causby (12) at the tip-off of the Elite Summer League game at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School on Tuesday, July 17. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  NORTH BETHESDA — Tuesday was the last day of the Maryland Elite Varsity Summer League regular season, as Good Counsel closed it out with a bang and dominated the Einstein Titans by the score of 49-30.

The game was kept relatively close midway through the first half, as the Falcons only led 9-7 at one point, but regained control and kept the tempo going the rest of the way, whether it was scoring in the paint or causing turnovers.

“I think when we started out in the first half, we were kind of slower,” said Good Counsel’s RJ Floyd. “Then we played like more one-on-one ball during the second half. We started to pick it up more, and that’s when we extended the lead.”

Trailing 33-22 in the second half, Einstein did go on a 6-2 run, but the Falcons proved to be too much.

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Springbrook puts away Good Counsel in summer hoops, 68-53

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Springbrook’s Timitrius Hawkins is fouled by Good Counsel’s Chris Margarites during an Elite Summer League game.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHSpringbrook’s Timitrius Hawkins is fouled by Good Counsel’s Chris Margarites during a Maryland Elite Summer League game.            PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  ROCKVILLE — Every time one of his teammates in the Springbrook Blue Devils landed a big shot, guard Timitrius Hawkins would smile.

Hawkins’ toothy grin spread across his face like clockwork. It appeared whenever Hawkins dropped a three-pointer to extend Springbrook’s lead over the Good Counsel Falcons. Hawkins smiled whenever another Blue Devil went to the ground while finishing another big bucket.

And Hawkins’ smile was definitely present at the end of the game, when his 27 points helped Springbrook wrap up the Falcons 68-53 as the regular season winds down in the Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League.

“I try to make my teammates happy every time we’re on the court. Even if they miss, I still tell them that next time they’re going to make it,” said Hawkins.

The Blue Devils certainly had a lot to be happy about on Monday when they improved to 6-3 and now sit tied for third place with Magruder before the playoffs start on Wednesday.

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Magruder boys victorious over Good Counsel in Maryland Elite action

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Magruder Colonels vs. Good Counsel FalconsNORTH BETHESDA — The Good Counsel Falcons varsity basketball team (3-3), always known for their athletics, took on the Magruder Colonels (5-3) in Maryland Elite Summer League basketball action Tuesday night at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, but the Colonels were the ones who came away victorious in the end for the 62-52 win.

Magruder, led by head coach Tony Giles, never trailed at all in this game, despite the Falcons making it close at times and cutting their deficit to three points as well. The Colonels were able to score in transition, the paint, and behind the arc very well.

But the key player in the Colonels’ victory was Ebby Asamoah, who led the way with 24 points. He also nailed six three-pointers. His teammate Travis Crandall also contributed to the win by registering 17 points.

“It was a good team effort,” Asamoah said. “My team was getting me a lot of threes, so I just shot my shot, and I saw them dropping.”

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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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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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Good Counsel boys beat Sherwood in summer league basketball

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Sherwood vs. Good CounselROCKVILLE — A Good Counsel Falcons squad that gave up the lead only once suppressed the Sherwood Warriors Monday night in a Maryland Elite summer league basketball game, 58-43.

Both teams came into the game with handicaps: a slimmer roster due to player commitments over the summer months and depleted of the previous season’s seniors.

The limitations forced the teams to make do with what they had and showcased some of the new up-and-coming talent for both teams. The Falcons were a mostly young team made up of mostly sophomores, according to summer league head coach Anthony Guy.

The Warriors sunk a three-pointer to counter the Falcons’ two-point start, but the Falcons retaliated in force. A six-point scoring streak gave the Falcons the lead and a momentum they never lost throughout the rest of the game.

“Shots are going to fall, some shots are going to come out, there’s going to be turnovers, there’s going to be ebb and flows in the game, but as long as we can control our energy…some things that you can control and we’ve been trying to harp on all summer, especially with the younger guys,” said Guy.

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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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