BETHESDA — Miles English scored a game-high 21 points Friday to lead the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity boys basketball team to a 63-40 win over the visiting Richard Montgomery Rockets on Senior Night.
English, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, was an integral force for the Barons who closed out the regular season with an 18-2 record.
“It was pretty emotional,” he said. “I wanted to leave it all out there and I think I did.”
English, who registered 10 points in the first quarter, only scored two points in the second period but contributed to the team in other ways.
“He’s pretty much been the backbone of this team all year,” said B-CC head coach Sean Tracy. “He does everything. He’s just one of those guys that you tell him to do something he goes out and executes.”
Tracy explained that the team dedicated the remainder of the season to 6-foot-8 senior center Gordon Gibson who recently suffered a concussion. Gibson, the team’s leading scorer, is out indefinitely.
English, along with B-CC senior classmates Camilo Bascolo Oudot and Thomas Baer, were honored in a pre-game ceremony.
Baer, a 6-foot-4 guard/forward, finished with 15 points and 6-foot-6 sophomore guard Elijah Wood added nine points for the Barons.
“It’s always good to finish the regular season with a win,” said Tracy. “We were telling our underclassmen that you go out there and you do everything you can to make sure that we get a win tonight for the seniors.”
Meanwhile, Richard Montgomery senior guard Daryn Alexander finished with 16 points for the Rockets who closed out the regular season at 14-8.
B-CC led 27-20 at the intermission but outscored Richard Montgomery in the third quarter, 20-4. The Barons’ third quarter performance proved to be the difference in the game.
“Beating them by that much, it was a little shocking,” said English, “but a little exciting, too.”
There’s no question the Barons will be counting on English’s leadership throughout the postseason.
“He rebounds well,” said Tracy, “he scores in a plethora of different ways and he’s just a complete player and he’s kind of emerged into a team leader this year for us. He’s the heart and soul of this team.”