ROCKVILLE – It was a hard-fought game but Magruder fell short on Monday.
Northwest High School standouts Terrence Williams and Norval Black guided the Jaguars to a 70-66 first round playoff victory over the Magruder Colonels in the Maryland Elite Varsity Summer League at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School.
Williams, a former Watkins Mill Wolverine, finished with 18 points and Black contributed 14 points but Kolbey Woodard had a key defensive play late in the game that helped trigger the win. Leading by a basket, Woodard made a steal with 3.9 seconds remaining but was fouled and sent to the charity stripe.
“It was a big steal, a big steal for our team because Magruder has shooters so they probably would have got that shot off but it was a good steal for Kolbey to get it off and make those free throws,” said Black.
Black, the grandson of Churchill legend Eugene Dyson, said defense was the key to the win over the Colonels.
“For him to get that steal at the end it makes the team excited,” added Black. “It gets us jumping so we can go to the next round.”
Northwest advanced to the Elite Eight where they squared off against Blake on Tuesday (The Jaguars won 60-57).
Meanwhile, Magruder will march into the regular season with confidence after a successful summer league campaign.
“My guys got better for the summer,” said Magruder assistant coach Tony Giles. “That’s the goal. We’re still fairly young. We’ll do OK. We’ll have a good year this year.”
Despite the graduation of last season’s leading scorer, Bryan Boehlert, the Colonels will welcome back rising seniors Collin Bannister, Max Broh and Justin Hawkes along with a talented underclassman in Travis Crandall.
“He’ll be a sophomore this year so he’s going to be real tough,” said Giles. “We expect some things out of him.”