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Cougars overpower Rockets for MoCo’s 4A West championship

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QO vs. RM 4A West Regional ChampionshipDespite the best efforts of RM's Daryn Alexander, Quince Orchard's John Fierstein goes for a layup. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

SILVER SPRING – A second-half surge had the Quince Orchard Cougars (23-2) varsity boys’ basketball team sitting pretty atop the Montgomery County 4A West region, overpowering the Richard Montgomery Rockets (20-5) on Saturday afternoon at Blair High School gymnasium, 56-41.

With the win, the Cougars advance to the state semifinals to play Wise on Thursday at Xfinity Center in College Park.

The win “felt great,” said Cougars head coach Paul Foringer, in his 17th season for a Cougar program that has yet to win a state championship in basketball. “We always seem to come up short.”

Cougars senior forward John Fierstein (14 points), one of the stars of the game and the season for the Cougars, said the win was “amazing.”

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Richard Montgomery takes it from Blair in a thriller 55-50

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RM vs. Blair 2-28-17Guarded by Zaire Mitchell-Paden of R.M., Blair's Julius Cobb bobbles the ball. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

ROCKVILLE – Richard Montgomery senior center Zaire Mitchell-Paden stood at the free throw line with just 20 seconds left in his team’s quarterfinal playoff game Tuesday against Blair.

The Rockets had managed to stave off a fourth-quarter Blair surge and led by three points.

Mitchell-Paden paused, took aim and launched his first free throw through the net as deafening cheers from the Richard Montgomery faithful filled the gym.

The Notre Dame College football commit appeared unfazed by the commotion as his second free throw hit the mark.

The Rockets’ postseason was still alive as they sent the Blazers home, 55-50.

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RM beats Springbrook

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ROCKVILLE – Jashon Hawkins had the game of his life on Tuesday night against Springbrook.

The Richard Montgomery senior guard scored a career-high 40 points to propel the Rockets to a 71-52 home victory over the Blue Devils.

Hawkins, who converted 12-of- 14 three-pointers on the night, connected on ten consecutive 3-point attempts in the first half.

“In past games I forced threes, it hasn’t turned out so well,” said Hawkins, whose previous career-high was a 28-point performance against Bladensburg in December, “so I just tried to chill out, take open shots and keep moving forward.”

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Hebron runs in three TDs for victorious Richard Montgomery

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DSC 1825Touchdown for RM Rockets tight end Zaire Mitchell-Paden.              PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

ROCKVILLE – Richmond Montgomery junior quarterback Spencer Silverstein and senior running back Tylen Hebron led the Rockets’ explosive offense Friday night as R.M. (4-0) put away Wootton (2-2), 49-19. 

“It was big game, big challenge and obviously our team rose to the occasion,” R.M. Head Coach Josh Klotz said. “They wanted to try to separate themselves from the rest of the pack here and really put themselves in position for the playoffs. This was our best all-around performance tonight.”

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