NORTH BETHESDA — The Good Counsel Falcons varsity basketball team (3-3), always known for their athletics, took on the Magruder Colonels (5-3) in Maryland Elite Summer League basketball action Tuesday night at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, but the Colonels were the ones who came away victorious in the end for the 62-52 win.
Magruder, led by head coach Tony Giles, never trailed at all in this game, despite the Falcons making it close at times and cutting their deficit to three points as well. The Colonels were able to score in transition, the paint, and behind the arc very well.
But the key player in the Colonels’ victory was Ebby Asamoah, who led the way with 24 points. He also nailed six three-pointers. His teammate Travis Crandall also contributed to the win by registering 17 points.
“It was a good team effort,” Asamoah said. “My team was getting me a lot of threes, so I just shot my shot, and I saw them dropping.”
With a record of 5-3, Magruder is in good shape for the playoffs, which come in a week.
“I feel like we can go all the way, honestly,” Asamoah said. “With our team, with our ball movement, it’s a very good system and I really feel we can go all the way.”
Meanwhile, Bez Mbeng led Good Counsel with 19 points despite the loss. The Falcons previously participated in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha Catholic High School.
Two problems Good Counsel head coach Anthony Guy addressed were the lack of defensive intensity and the inability to complete the possession. “We probably gave up double-digit offensive rebounds which obviously led to probably 10 to 15-plus points for them,” Guy said. “There’s a couple backbreakers down the stretch where we played great defense for 28 seconds, shot goes up, and we can’t complete the play and get the rebound. They obviously get it back, burn more time off, and convert a bucket.”
Guy still feels that his team will bounce back. “We’re a very young team,” Guy said. “With that come the highs and the lows, the ups and the downs, but the one thing about them is they’re resilient, they’re determined, and they’ve been working hard all summer.”