POTOMAC – For the fourth time in the last eight years the Quince Orchard boys basketball team is king of the summertime court.
Moments after the Cougars captured the inaugural St. Andrew’s Summer League championship with a hard-fought 48-40 victory over Magruder, longtime Colonels’ head coach Dan Harwood offered congratulatory praise to Quince Orchard head coach Paul Foringer’s club.
“Your kids played hard,” Harwood told Foringer. “They always play hard.”
Quince Orchard was led by the trio of John Fierstein who scored a game-high 13 points along with Daryl Lewis and Dylan Bikum who each contributed ten points in the win.
Meanwhile, Magruder was led by Ronald Hammond who finished with a team-high ten points while David Garey, Marqwayne Wilkerson and Brian Boehlert each scored six points for the Colonels in the loss.
However, Magruder rising senior Joe Hugley, a 6-foot-6 standout who earned All-Sentinel honors last season, was absent from the game. The Division I prospect was competing in an AAU tournament with Team Takeover.
Despite Hugley’s absence, the Colonels kept pace with the Cougars and cut the deficit to 41-38 on Hammond’s 3-pointer with three minutes and ten seconds remaining in the contest.
Quince Orchard converted 60 per cent of their free throws down the stretch to seal the win and capture the program’s second straight summer league title.
“Everybody just does what they need to do to help us win,” said Foringer.
The longtime head coach also offered some high praise for the St. Andrew’s Summer League that featured various Montgomery County high school teams.
“I thought it was awesome,” said Foringer. “I thought it was an awesome league. They did a great job and I think it’s going to grow because the word is certainly going to get out.”