2018 All-Sentinel boys basketball team named

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Georgetown Prep's Jared Bynum.  COURTESY PHOTOGeorgetown Prep's Jared Bynum. COURTESY PHOTO  Coach of the Year – Ryan Eskow, Georgetown Prep

Eskow guided the Little Hoyas to the 2018 IAC Tournament championship. “This group is so special,” he said. “I can’t even describe how special this group is.”

Co-Player of the Year – Jared Bynum, Georgetown Prep, Sr.

The St. Joseph’s recruit led the Little Hoyas to a 20-5 record, averaging a team-high 17.8 points per game.

Co-Player of the Year – Mikey Parker, Sandy Spring Friends School, Sr.

Parker, the school’s all-time leading scorer, averaged 21.8 points, 4.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game and was named the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference’s regular season and championship game MVP.


Ituka leads team to victory in Maryland Elite All-Star game

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Jao Ituka scored a game-high 25 points to lead Team 495 to a 92-89 victory over Team 270 in the Maryland Elite All-Star Game. PHOTO OF GEORGE SMITHGaithersburg's Jao Ituka scored a game-high 25 points to lead Team 495 to a 92-89 victory over Team 270 in the Maryland Elite All-Star Game.        PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  ROCKVILLE — The stars came out to shine Tuesday in the Maryland Elite Basketball All-Star Game at Jewish Day School.

Team 495, wearing black shirts, featured Gaithersburg’s Jao Ituka and Jordan Hawkins, Richard Montgomery’s Djordje Orcev and Miles Gally along with Rockville big man Jimmy Sorunke.

Ituka, a highly-regarded Division I prospect, scored a game-high 25 points to lead Team 495 to a 92-89 victory over Team 270, who wore white shirts.

“It was fun,” said Ituka. “It was a good game. Good competition. Everybody here is pretty good and I’m happy I was able to be part of the Maryland Elite All-Star Game.”


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.


Sentinel Names All-County Girls Hoops

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Basketball through the hoopCoach of the Year – Fred Swick, Poolesville

Swick guided the Falcons to an unbeaten 27-0 record including the Maryland 2A state championship.

Co-Player of the Year – Erin Green, Poolesville, Sr.

The 6-foot-3 standout averaged 13.6 points, seven rebounds and four blocks per game while leading the Falcons to their first state championship in school history.


Summer proves to be the best time for high school hoops action

Outdoor Basketball in HoopThere’s nothing like summer league basketball in the DMV.
Arguably the nation’s No. 1 hoops hotbed, the basketball culture in our area is perhaps second to none.
I was born in Oakland which boasts the distinction of producing scores of great NBA players including Bill Russell, Jason Kidd, Gary Payton and Damian Lillard among others.
However, when it comes to producing NBA talent per capita, the DMV rises to the top of the list.
Ricky Goings, founder of Everyone Deserves A Shot (EDAS), a non-profit that helps kids find basketball scholarships, can certainly attest to that notion.
“I think our area really took basketball seriously before the nation did,” said Goings.


RM defeats defending champion Oakdale in summer hoops semifinals

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Oakdale Bears vs. Richard Montgomery RocketsROCKVILLE — The Richard Montgomery Rockets dethroned the defending champion Oakdale Bears of Frederick County on Tuesday by a score of 47-33 in the Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League semifinals to set up a date against the Good Counsel Falcons just 24 hours later in the championship game.

The second-seeded Bears took the court without a few of their top scorers and the Rockets took full advantage. Richard Montgomery’s Henok Kassahun (10 points) and Djordje Orcev (14 points) both earned all of their buckets in the second half. Ryan Cornish added another 10 points and registered nearly double-digit assists and rebounds.

While the game stayed close in the first half, the second half proved to be Oakdale’s undoing, since the Bears managed only free throws for five straight minutes.


Springbrook Blue Devils fall to Oakdale Bears 66-62 in Md. Elite playoffs

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Oakdale Bears vs. Springbrook Blue DevilsROCKVILLE — The Springbrook Blue Devils’ season ended prematurely on Monday in the Maryland Elite Basketball Summer League.

The Oakdale Bears, one of the top programs in Frederick County, toppled the Blue Devils, 66-62, to advance to the semifinals at Jewish Day School.

Oakdale was led by the talented backcourt tandem of seniors Mussa Crawford and Collin Schlee who combined for 38 points in the win.


RM Rockets blast Einstein 49-43, advance to Md. Elite hoops semifinals

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RM Rockets vs. Einstein TitansROCKVILLE — Richard Montgomery advanced to the Maryland Elite Basketball Summer League semifinals with a 49-43 victory over Einstein on Monday at Jewish Day School.

Richard Montgomery’s cast of characters included Djordje Orcev, Kordell Lewis, Devin Liyanamana and Ryan Cornish who combined to score the majority of the Rockets points.

Orcev and Lewis finished with 15 points each and Liyanamana added eight points while Cornish dropped six points for Richard Montgomery.

“They are a great defensive team,” said Einstein senior guard Camren Ashby. “Their help defense is amazing and I give them props. They made shots when they were supposed to and they played great defense.”


G-Burg Trojans beat Northwest Jags in triple OT summer hoops playoff thriller

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Gaithersburg Trojans vs. Northwest JaguarsROCKVILLE — The second round of the Maryland Elite Basketball Summer League playoffs began Monday evening at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, and the first matchup involved the No. 1-seeded Gaithersburg Trojans facing the No. 8-seeded Northwest Jaguars. The game became a nail-biter as it took triple overtime to settle it; in the end, the Trojans came out with the 67-66 victory.

This matchup was close throughout, as Gaithersburg led at halftime 29-27 with 17 points from rising sophomore Jao Ituka.

14-year-old Ituka had an incredible performance, as he put up 40 total points, which included the game-winning layup in triple OT. He also threw down two dunks in the first half.

“It was good to help my team win,” Ituka said. “It could have been better player-wise, because I took a lot of bad shots and I didn’t see a lot of my teammates when they were open.”


RM Rockets hold on against Damascus in last game of Md. Elite’s regular season

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Damascus' Bryan Bresee (12) drives the lane through Richard Montgomery High School's Miles Gally (12) during the Elite Summer League game played at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School on Tuesday, July 17.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHDamascus' Bryan Bresee (12) drives the lane through Richard Montgomer's Miles Gally (12) during the Elite Summer League game played at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School on Tuesday, July 17. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  ROCKVILLE — In the final game of the Maryland Elite Summer League 2018 regular season, neither the Richard Montgomery Rockets nor the Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets, having both qualified for the playoffs already, had much to play for.

Thus, the attention turned away from the battle in the standings, and towards the battle in the post between RM’s Miles Gally, and Damascus’ Bryan Bresee.

Both players tried to will their teams to the win, but ultimately, it was Gally that won the day.

Behind two clutch buckets from Gally in the game’s final minute, the Rockets held on to defeat Damascus 47-45.

“Grittiness, and composure,” Richard Montgomery assistant coach Azhar Shamsudeen said of what it took for his team to win. “We were actually texting about it the other night, in this league, every single game we’ve played has been less than six points.”

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