Wednesday, December 11, 2013 7:20 AM
Published on: Thursday, January 10, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
SANDY SPRING – On paper, the matchup Tuesday between Springbrook and Sherwood appeared to favor the Blue Devils who upset Magruder earlier this season while the Warriors were blown out by the Colonels.
However, since suffering a 25-point loss to Magruder last month, Sherwood (7-4, 4-0) has been on a roll, winning five of six games including a 51-42 home victory over Springbrook earlier this week.
Sherwood senior swingman Brandon Loiocono scored a team-high 15 points to lead the Warriors who outscored the Blue Devils in the fourth period, 19-10.
Springbrook senior guard Tomazye Anderson (team-high 15 points) scored a layup to tie the game at 32 apiece at the end of the third quarter. Sherwood, however, went on a 15-0 run sparked by a pair of 3-pointers from Joey Destefano to break the game wide open in the fourth quarter.
“I credit that to the guys that came off the bench,” said Sherwood head coach Dondrell Whitmore. “A lot of my starters rested going into the fourth and then they came out fresh and was hungry to try to blow the lead up.”
Meanwhile, Springbrook (7-4, 0-4) has gone on a downward spiral since earning a four-point overtime victory against Magruder last month. The Blue Devils beat Thomas Stone and Gwynn Park in their holiday tournament but have lost to Blake, Blair, Kennedy and Sherwood after opening the 2012-2013 campaign with five straight wins.
“It’s tough right now,” said Springbrook junior guard Andrew Robinson, who finished with 14 points, “but we’ve just got to get back in the gym and keep practicing and hopefully we’ll get better by February.”