ROCKVILLE – Good Counsel guard Christopher Margarites took aim from behind the arc and landed his third trey of the game to help put Whitman away 45-41 Monday night at the Daniel Pearl Memorial Gymnasium at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School.
The rising junior has produced a successful summer season so far as a participant of the Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League and Monday night was no exception. Margarites led all scorers with 17 points. Whitman senior guard Joey Squeri wasn’t far behind with 16 points of his own.
Both teams took their time on offense as both halves begun with a two-minute scoring drought. It wasn’t long, however, before the competition heated up and buckets started to drop for both squads.
The Falcons led early on as senior forward Deson Flood drove through traffic and spun around in the paint for a layup.
Squeri leaped under the basket and rebounded his own missed shot, landing a bucket on his second attempt.
Good Counsel owned an eightpoint lead heading into the half.
The Viking offense appeared to stall in the second half until senior forward Erik Jensen slapped the ball out of the air and declined Margarites in the paint. Even though Jensen was called for a foul, the Vikings got the jolt they were looking for.
Whitman junior guard Brendan Shaver landed his team’s only threepointer of the second half to pull the Vikings within three.
Margarites answered with two back-to-back three-point buckets of his own to stretch the Falcons’ lead.
Whitman trailed by four points with 90 seconds left on the clock but were unable to finish off Good Counsel to earn their fourth victory of the summer.
Vikings head coach Chris Lun stated that the summer league is all about making improvements in a game setting.
“We pick certain things we want to focus on in the summer to get better. This year we’re working on our man-to-man defense and our ball movement which has really gotten better as the summer goes on,” said Lun. “We’re looking at no excuses and guys who are filling in roles have got to step up.”
Good Counsel head coach Anthony Guy said that the game against Whitman was a good opportunity for the Falcons to work on their fundamentals.
“It’s one of those games where you have to work hard but you also have to play smart,” he said. “Staying disciplined is one thing that we’ve been talking to the guys about.”
Guy mentioned that several of his players have become so focused on improving their game that they’ve been putting in extra work.
“A lot of the guys have been coming in in the morning, getting shots up, working on ball handling and skill work,” he said. “They’re believing in the system and believing in the things that we’re trying to do. I see them buying into the offensive principles and the defensive principles. If they do that, then they’re in the right position.”