ROCKVILLE — 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.”