Blake boys get payback on Watkins Mill with playoff win, 57-50

WM Wolverines vs. Blake BengalsSILVER SPRING — They say revenge is sweet.

The Blake Bengals varsity boys basketball team got payback against the visiting Watkins Mill Wolverines Friday night in a first-round playoff game by posting a 57-50 win over the Wolverines.

Watkins Mill eliminated Blake from the postseason last year by capturing an 11-point overtime win against the Bengals who had rallied from a 25-point first-half deficit.

“Last year they came in here, we lost to them in overtime,” said Blake head coach Dondrell Whitmore, “and to finally come out and actually get a playoff win is huge for us at Blake.”

The Bengals were led by seniors Malik Raheem and Ibrahim Kanu who combined for more than half of the team’s points while sophomore Raef Hetherington finished with 12 points.

“It was a good win,” said Raheem, who scored a team-high 18 points for Blake. “It came down the stretch, played a lot of defense. We just got to get better and get ready for the next one.”

Kanu, who registered a trio of three-pointers against the Wolverines, finished with 15 points.

Meanwhile, Watkins Mill was led by senior Anthony Brown who scored a game-high 20 points along with classmates Markel Grant and Papito Kalabu who each finished with 10 points in the loss.

Blake, who improved to 9-12, will travel to Rockville on Monday to play the Rams at 6:30 p.m. in a 3A West region quarterfinal game.

Top-seeded Rockville, who had a first round bye, boasts 6-foot-10 freshman sensation Jimmy Sorunke.

“We got to rebound and box out to make sure we know where [Sorunke is] at,” said Raheem, who noted that defense would be a key factor in beating the Rams.



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