HYATTSVILLE — Two premiere Montgomery County boys basketball programs were on display Friday in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha Catholic High School.
Four Richard Montgomery players scored in double digits to lead the Rockets to a 56-49 victory over Springbrook at Morgan & Kathy Wootten Gymnasium.
Miles Gally, Kordell Lewis, Ryan Cornish and Djordje Orcev led the Rockets to victory on the summer league’s second day.
Gally and Lewis each finished with 13 points while Cornish and Orcev each netted 10 points for Richard Montgomery.
Meanwhile, Springbrook was led by the dynamic duo of Timitrius Whitney-Hawkins and Xavier Harrison who combined for more than half of the Blue Devils’ total. Whitney-Hawkins scored 15 points and Harrison finished with 12 points in a losing effort.
Gally, a rising senior who, at 6-foot-9, towers over most defenders, was unstoppable on the low block at times. His turnaround jumper beat the halftime buzzer to help Richard Montgomery head into the intermission with a 20-19 advantage.
The Division I prospect is also deft when it comes to unleashing long-range jump shots from beyond the three-point arc.
“Yeah,” said Gally, “I think that’s the strength of my game is my shooting.”
Gally, who competes on the AAU circuit for the District Basketball Club, has drawn interest from various college programs including Holy Cross, Lafayette, Cornell and Catholic among others.
Gally noted that he’s strong in other areas; when asked what he brings to a college program he replied: “scoring, rebounding, shot blocking.”
Cornish, a rising sophomore who plays AAU basketball for Mid-Atlantic Select, converted four-of-seven field goals including two-of-four from beyond the three-point arc.
“He can shoot,” said Gally. “You can see he can shoot, obviously. He looks like a shooter when you look at him so you can see he can shoot. He can handle the ball, too. He played strong.”
Cornish, a 6-foot point guard, downplayed the win over Springbrook, calling it “a normal win for us.”
However, the rising sophomore said he looks forward to playing with Gally and Orcev this season.
“Those are my brothers,” said Cornish. “We’re a family. We do everything together and everything is a team effort.”
Daryn Alexander, Richard Montgomery’s leading scorer from last season, has graduated and moved onto greener pastures so the Rockets will look to the other returning players to pick up the slack.
“I think my role is to be – one – a leader and help the young guys and also score and facilitate,” said Orcev, a 6-foot-6 swingman who plays AAU basketball for the 6th Man Warriors, “because I have size and everything, and as a returning senior you kind of have to take on that responsibility sometimes.”