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.”


Georgetown Prep boys lacrosse team defeats Gonzaga in overtime, 7-6

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Georgetown Prep’s Connor Humiston (21) takes a diving shot at Gonzaga goalie Tim Marcille (15). PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHGeorgetown Prep’s Connor Humiston (21) takes a diving shot at Gonzaga goalie Tim Marcille (15). PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  

ROCKVILLE — Another thrilling chapter in the storied rivalry between the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas and the Gonzaga Eagles varsity boys lacrosse teams unfolded Friday as the Little Hoyas hosted and defeated the previously unbeaten Eagles, 7-6.

The Little Hoyas (2-2) fought back from a two-goal deficit to tie the game on a T Ridgway goal with just five seconds left in regulation. Even though Gonzaga threatened to score at the start of the overtime period, Georgetown Prep regained possession just in time for another last-second goal, the game-winner, courtesy of senior midfielder Thomas Graham.

However, the game wasn’t always smooth sailing for the Little Hoyas. Turnovers, penalties and a prolific first-half Gonzaga offense threatened to hand Georgetown Prep its third loss in four games.


Poolesville Falcons beat Watkins Mill Wolverines in OT

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Poolesville vs. Watkins Mill

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE – Poolesville spoiled Watkins Mill’s homecoming Friday night and avenged last year’s loss in the process.

After suffering a one-point loss to the Watkins Mill Wolverines last season, the Poolesville Falcons had revenge on their minds.

Poolesville quarterback Ethan Gaddis connected with running back Connell Oberman on a short touchdown pass in overtime to lift the Falcons to a 48-41 victory over the Wolverines.

On the ensuing possession, Poolesville linebacker Colin Hemingway sacked Watkins Mill quarterback Markel Grant on third down but the Wolverines missed a scoring opportunity when Kaden Prather was stopped short of the end zone after catching Grant’s pass on fourth down.

“Last year was a bad loss,” said Hemingway, who led the Poolesville defense with 9.5 tackles including two tackles for a loss and a pair of sacks. “It’s a huge win to beat them this year.”


After three-year drought, Good Counsel Falcons finally defeat rival DeMatha in overtime

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DeMatha vs. Good CounselHYATTSVILLE – After three years and several losses, all it finally took was an overtime period Friday night for the Good Counsel varsity football team to once again defeat its WCAC archrival DeMatha Stags at Marvin F. Wilson Stadium, 20-14.

A light drizzle fell during the course of the game, similar to the game on Oct. 3, 2014 when the Falcons last scored a win over DeMatha. The two final scores (three years earlier, it was 21-14) were almost identical.

This time, however, it wasn’t a quarterback sneak that won the game for Good Counsel and spoiled DeMatha’s Senior Day. It was junior running back Latrele Palmer and his gritty, hard-nosed running style. Palmer shoved his way through the DeMatha defense in overtime for the game-winning touchdown as the Falcons gleefully poured onto the field. Palmer was so fired up that he tore his helmet off as he and his teammates celebrated their hard-fought victory.

“We came in knowing it was going to be a dogfight and then we just came out and executed and won,” said Palmer. “We just needed the big play and I was the one who made it. It’s unbelievable. We haven’t beat these guys in a couple of years.”


Watkins Mill takes Blake in overtime thriller

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Watkins Mill vs. BlakeRodney Opoku-Amankwah with a layup as Watkins Mill tops Blake, 83-72.             PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

SILVER SPRING – It was a story of redemption and loss in boy’s basketball Tuesday night when the Watkins Mill Wolverines went to the home of the Blake Bengals and won, 83-72, in overtime.

The game was unpredictable and showed the volatility of sports, as the match started with a dominant performance by the Wolverines but dragged into one period of overtime, where the visitors dominated once more for the win.


Memorable season for Washington Spirit ends in heartbreak on penalty kick

20160903 DRW Spirit vs WNYF-1Washington Spirit's Crystal Dunn (19), seen here in an earlier game against the Western New York Flash, scored both goals for the team, but the Flash would win in OT on a penalty kick. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

The Washington Spirit finished their season last week runner-up for the National Women’s Soccer League championship, falling to the Western New York Flash in Houston in overtime penalty kicks Oct. 9.

Spirit Head Coach and General Manager Jim Gabarra said he thought the better team lost the game that ended in a 2-2 tie at the end of regulation and 3-2 in favor of the flash after PKs.

“The better side does not always win in these matches, especially in something as late as four minutes of added time,” he said. “To go to penalty kicks , it’s an awful way to decide a match.”

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