ROCKVILLE – Anthony Bailey was on fire Monday night against Blake.
The senior point guard scored a game-high 19 points, leading the Rockville Rams varsity boys basketball team to a 64-51 win over the visiting Blake Bengals at Jim Conner Coliseum.
“It’s a very big win for me and the whole team,” said Bailey. “We’re just trying to win and survive and stay alive and go onto the next one.”
The Rams advanced to Wednesday’s section championship game against visiting Westminster, who knocked off the Magruder Colonels on Monday.
Bailey, who finished with nine points in the second quarter, converted a trio of three-pointers before intermission to help put the Rams ahead.
“He stepped up big for us,” said Rockville head coach Todd Dembroski. “We were struggling a little bit early on and then we battled back and he got hot there in the second quarter.”
Rockville juniors Matt Mctighe and Jeshaud Armwood each finished with 13 points and 6-foot-10 freshman Jimmy Sorunke added 10 points for the Rams.
“This is my first playoff win so it’s a good win for me,” said Sorunke, who registered four blocked shots against Blake. “My goal is to win states. My goal hasn’t changed.”
Sorunke picked up two early fouls in the first quarter and was forced to watch the game from the bench.
“He was in foul trouble all night,” said Dembroski, “but he’s learned how to play with fouls, which is good.”
Meanwhile, Blake, who finished the season at 9-13, was led by seniors Malik Raheem and Philip Ellis who combined for 20 points in the loss.
Raheem finished with 11 points and Ellis scored nine points for the Bengals.
Rockville, who trailed 12-2 in the first quarter, made a nice run in the first half thanks to Bailey’s sharpshooting.
“He stepped up big in a big-time moment,” said Dembroski.
Bailey said teamwork would be the key to Rockville’s success during the postseason.
“We’ve got to play as a team,” he said. “If we don’t play as a team we don’t win.”