Saturday, March 08, 2014 6:45 AM
Published on: Thursday, January 30, 2014
By Brandy L. Simms
SILVER SPRING – Andrew Robinson and Tavon Ngangum both scored in double figures on Tuesday to lead visiting Springbrook past Blake, 77-40, in a battle of Northeast Consortium rivals.
Robinson finished with a game-high 21 points while Ngangum added 16 points to help the Blue Devils improve to 13-2.
Nine players scored for Springbrook but perhaps the most dynamic points came from junior Jermaine Ukaegbu who finished with nine points including four dunks.
Late in the third quarter, Ukaegbu glided to the basket and slammed it home to give the Blue Devils a 55-23 advantage. Moments later, the 6-foot-3 wing recorded another slam dunk to put his team ahead, 57-24.
Ukaegbu played on the junior varsity as a sophomore but has emerged as a key player on the varsity team this season.
“Jermaine is just an athletic guy that’s getting better and better and better,” said Springbrook head coach Tom Crowell. “The sky is the limit for this guy. He’s got great athleticism, can jump, handles the ball well.”
Ukaegbu, who registered his season-high point total, said he works on perfecting the dunk shot.
“It gets the crowd pumping and it gets the momentum going,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nathan Bonsu scored 11 points to lead Blake while Demonte Ojinnaka was held to just nine points, way below his 16 points per game average. The Bengals fell to 7-7.
Ukaegbu said the game plan against Blake was to contain Ojinnaka who entered the game as the Bengals’ leading scorer.
“We played good transition defense and we just shut down Demonte,” said Ukaegbu.
Springbrook is the odds-on favorite to represent Montgomery County during the postseason run to Comcast Center and Crowell certainly likes his team’s chances.
“We’re playing real good right now,” said Crowell. “We’re playing as good as we can play right now.”