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Georgetown Prep boys triumph over Bullis to win IAC hoops title

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Georgetown Prep’s Chimezie Offurum (#12) pops the one-handed jump shot as Bullis’ Lincoln Yeutter (#33) looks on and Kolin Lewis (#13) tries to sell a charge call. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHGeorgetown Prep’s Chimezie Offurum (#12) pops the one-handed jump shot as Bullis’ Lincoln Yeutter (#33) looks on and Kolin Lewis (#13) tries to sell a charge call. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  NORTH BETHESDA — For the past eight years, two schools have had a stranglehold on the Interstate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship trophy – Bullis and Episcopal.

However, the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas varsity boys basketball team was crowned the 2018 IAC Tournament champion following a 60-49 win over the visiting Bullis Bulldogs Tuesday at The Hanley Center.

The Georgetown Prep senior class will graduate this year knowing they were the first team in a decade to capture the IAC championship trophy.

“This group is so special,” said Georgetown Prep head coach Ryan Eskow. “I can’t even describe how special this group is.”

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Ninth grader stands out in Rockville victory over WJ, 49-46

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Rockvlle’s Jimmy Sorunke (#42) gets a hand up trying to block WJ’s Josh Forburger (#20). Sorunke scored a game-high 16 points for Rockville Rams, who would go on to defeat WJ, 49-46. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHRockvlle’s Jimmy Sorunke (42) tries to block WJ’s Josh Forburger (20). Sorunke scored a game-high 16 points for Rockville Rams, who would go on to defeat WJ, 49-46. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  ROCKVILLE — A freshman stole the show on Senior Night at Jim Conner Coliseum.

Jimmy Sorunke, a 6-foot-10 ninth-grader who moved to the United States from Nigeria last year, scored a game-high 16 points Tuesday to lead the Rockville Rams varsity boys basketball team to a 49-46 win over the visitingWalter Johnson Wildcats.

“Jimmy had a great performance,” said Rockville head coach Todd Dembroski. “Jimmy was playing on one good leg tonight, he was hobbling around. He was playing injured, playing hurt but he sucked it up and he came in there and had a great fourth quarter when his team needed it.”

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Gaithersburg dominates Churchill, 90-56, earns second seed in playoffs

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20180216 Churchill Gaithersburg Boys Bball 5Gaithersburg's Jordan Hawkins blocks Churchill's Valvin Piker's drive to basket. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — The visiting Gaithersburg Trojans varsity boys basketball team ended the regular season with a bang Friday when the Trojans strode into the Dawg Pound and handed the Churchill Bulldogs their 12th loss of the season, 90-56.

The Trojans proved their prowess on both sides of the ball as the defense forced multiple turnovers and beat the Bulldogs on the defensive boards. Freshman guards Jordan Hawkins (26 points) and Jao Ituka (18 points) continued their season-long campaign of highlight reel plays that gave Gaithersburg a comfortable lead for most of the evening.

The Trojans began to pull away after an 18-point unanswered scoring run lasted into the beginning of the second quarter. Churchill’s student section, the Dawg Pound, was uncharacteristically quiet as they watched Hawkins steal the ball during a fast break and take it back up the court for an easy two points.

The Bulldogs appeared renewed in the second half as junior guards John Mbeng and Michael Janis combined for 14 third-quarter points that cut into Gaithersburg’s substantial halftime lead.

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RM Rockets boys shine with 65-57 win over Churchill Bulldogs

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Churchill Bulldogs vs. RM RocketsROCKVILLE — The Richard Montgomery Rockets varsity boys basketball team celebrated their seniors’ last regular season home game with a 65-57 win over the Churchill Bulldogs in a scrappy Tuesday night game.

For most of the night the visiting Bulldogs were nipping at the Rockets’ heels and were able to make up for a poor first quarter by drastically improving the rest of the game.

The improvement was not enough to overcome a scrappy Rockets squad that was able to play an effective game of catch-up and brushed off the Bulldogs’ challenges.

The first quarter ended 14-7 in favor of the Rockets, with senior Rockets forward Xavier Harris scoring five points.

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Bullis boys victorious on Senior Night against Landon, 61-50

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Bullis’ Vado Morse drives for a reverse layup on his way to 19 points against Landon. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBullis’ Vado Morse drives for a reverse layup on his way to 19 points against Landon. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — The scene had all the trappings of a heated Interstate Athletic Conference rivalry.

Before an overflow crowd, Bullis senior point guard Vado Morse scored a game-high 19 points Friday to lead the Bulldogs to a 61-50 victory over Landon on Senior Night at Bullis Athletic Center.

“It was a good team win,” said Morse. “A good team performance.”

Morse said he wanted to impress the crowd and put on a show in front of the audience.

“I had a slow start at the beginning of the first half and I knew that I had to pick it up to get momentum for my team so I tried to do that the second half,” he said.

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B-CC boys rebound in third quarter to beat Northwood, 74-60

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Northwood vs. B CC boys hoops Miles English 2 9 18B-CC’s Miles English (#24) with the put back.                 PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — It was silent in the locker room of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons at halftime. In the second game of a B-CC/Northwood varsity girls and boys double-header, the visiting Northwood Gladiators had given the Barons varsity boys basketball team, who entered the night with a 13-game in-County win streak, a true fight in the first half.

“At this point in the season, we know what we have to do, and we just didn’t do it in the first half,” B-CC head coach Sean Tracy said.

The Barons regrouped, and came out on fire in the second half. B-CC kept Northwood scoreless for much of the third quarter, and found the momentum they needed to beat Northwood, 74-60.

“I think it was a buy-in as a collective group,” Tracy said of the second half turnaround. “The guys decided to play defense.”

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Sherwood boys shut down rival Magruder in hoops game, 58-41

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Sherwood’s Domenico Martella (5) goes for a layup in a game against rival Magruder. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHSherwood’s Domenico Martella (5) goes for a layup in a game against rival Magruder. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ROCKVILLE — Another chapter in the storied rivalry between the Sherwood Warriors and the Magruder Colonels unfolded Friday as the two varsity boys basketball teams went head to head on the Colonels’ home court, just a few miles down the road from Sherwood High School. This time, the Warriors shut down Magruder’s offensive weapons to earn a 58-41 victory.

Magruder forward Ebby Asamoah led all scorers with 25 points. Senior guard Justin Hawkes fed Asamoah the ball again and again as the junior appeared to be the only Colonel who could drive through the Sherwood defense in the paint.

Meanwhile, the Warriors took full advantage of their multiple scoring threats, as five players each landed at least one three-point basket. Seniors Donovan Lacey (13 points), Brad Riley (10) and junior Domenico Martella (12) all finished with double-digit points scored.

The Colonels kept it close in the beginning and the game was tied twice in the first quarter. Magruder senior forward Collin Bannister grabbed Hawkes’ pass and shot a trey as time expired in the first quarter for the second and final tie of the evening.

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B-CC boys b-ball team holds on to defeat Bullis, 58-53

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Bullis Guard Nendah Tarke uses the glass to avoid a block attempt by B-CC's Elijah Wood. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBullis' Nendah Tarke uses the glass to avoid a block attempt by B-CC's Elijah Wood. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — In a Friday night public/private boys basketball matchup between two of Montgomery County’s better teams, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons held on late to defeat the Bullis School’s Bulldogs 58-53.

Both sides were without a star player in this game. Bullis’ leading scorer Vado Morse missed the game with a leg injury, while B-CC center Gordon Gibson was out for this game dealing with a shoulder injury.

It was clear right from the start that Bullis’ squad was not its’ usual self without Morse, while B-CC was able to better accommodate for Gibson’s absence.

“I knew I really had to step up on the boards, because missing our six-foot, eight-inch big fellow there in the middle is going to hurt if no one else is going in and rebounding,” B-CC forward Miles English said of Gibson’s absence for the lineup. “Before the game, we really put an emphasis on rebounding, and I think we did a good job.”

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Boys basketball program at St. Andrews loaded with “lots of talent”

SAES logoPOTOMAC — The boys' basketball program at St. Andrew's Episcopal School has modest goals for the 2017-18 campaign.
The Lions compete in the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAC) along with Flint Hill, Georgetown Day, Maret, Sidwell Friends, St. James and the Potomac School.
The league received some notoriety this summer when Silver Spring native Josh Hart became the first Sidwell Friends graduate ever selected in the NBA Draft. Hart, who was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the final pick in the first round, played for current Sidwell Friends head coach Eric Singletary.

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Rucker leads Springbrook Blue Devils to victory over B-CC Barons, 82-72

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B CC Barons vs. Springbrook Blue Devils 12 8 17Springbrook's Xavier Harris and B-CC's Elijah Wood and Camilo Bascolo battle for the boards.   PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  SILVER SPRING — In a varsity boys basketball showdown between the Springbrook Blue Devils and Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons, the top two teams in Montgomery County, Springbrook forward Cam Rucker stepped up to lead his team to a 82-72 win.

The Blue Devils started fast with Springbrook point guard and Quinnipiac commit Matthew Balanc in the game in the first quarter, during which he earned his first technical foul for an altercation with Barons forward Miles English. “He was frustrated,” Springbrook head coach Darnell Meyers said of Balanc’s foul. “He learned from this mistake, he’ll grow and get better from it.”

The tenacious Springbrook defense forced turnover after turnover, and capitalized on the offensive end. With the exception of English, B-CC struggled on the offensive end in the first quarter, and trailed Springbrook 25-13 as the game headed to the second quarter.

In the second quarter with B-CC behind seven points, Kevin McAuliffe, tried to make a run and come back for the Barons. However, just like in the first quarter, turnovers killed B-CC’s momentum, and the Blue Devils answered any Barons run with a run of their own to build the lead back up. Balanc was called for a second technical for hanging on the rim early in the second quarter, which led to his being ejected from the game. However, Springbrook still led 39-30 at halftime.

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