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Durant honored in hometown of Seat Pleasant

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KD Day picsKevin Durant enjoys a ride with hundreds of fans in Seat Pleasant. COURTESY PHOTO  NBA champion and Prince George’s County product Kevin Durant was honored last week in his hometown of Seat Pleasant.

Durant, who guided the Golden State Warriors to the 2016-17 NBA title, was celebrated Thursday at the Seat Pleasant Activity Center.

“I thought it was a great idea,” said Stu Vetter, who coached Durant at Rockville’s Montrose Christian School during the 2006-07 campaign. “Kevin certainly deserves it.”

The Kevin Durant Day parade began in the morning at Judith P. Hoyer Montessori School in Landover and ended in Seat Pleasant with Durant being recognized by Maryland’s Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford.

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Matthew Balanc’s game is a slam dunk

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MPI MDElete 0038 1Matthew Balanc goes for the dunk during the Maryland Elite Summer League All-Star Game. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER     Springbrook senior guard Matthew Balanc is a human highlight reel.

During the Maryland Elite Basketball Summer League at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, the 6-foot-3 standout wowed fans with his highlight reel dunks.

Balanc, who averaged a team-high 20.4 points per game last season, erupted for 50 points last month in the Maryland Elite Basketball Summer League All-Star Game. He also earned game MVP honors despite his team’s 103-101 loss.

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Wall succeeds in inking a new deal with the Wizards

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WASHINGTON – The Washington Wizards have locked up John Wall for the next several years.

On Friday, the Wizards held a news conference to announce the signing of Wall’s multi-year extension with the National Basketball Association franchise.

Wall, the top overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, signed a four-year, $170 million contract extension that will keep him in Washington through the 2022-23 campaign. Wall’s new deal starts with the 2019-20 season.

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McClinton All-Stars narrowly defeat the Wash Associates 77-75.

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In a thrilling game, the Darren McClinton All-Stars (8-2) eked out a 77-75 come-from-behind victory over the A. Wash Associates (7-3) in the semifinals of the Kenner League at McDonough Arena on Saturday afternoon.

A buzzer beater attempt that would have won the game by A. Wash forward Keldon Johnson glanced off rim. The result, the All-Stars moved onto the finals.

“They had it last but we were able to make a stop,” said All-Stars head coach Darren McClinton.

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McClinton All-Stars defeat On Point in Kenner League playoffs

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 1Anthony Cowan gets set for a layup in the second half. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER   WASHINGTON – Friday’s Kenner League basketball playoff game between Darren McClinton All-Stars and On Point featured some of the DMV’s top talent.

Anthony Cowan, a rising sophomore at Maryland, scored a game-high 35 points to lead Darren McClinton’s squad to a 92-82 victory over On Point at McDonough Memorial Gymnasium on the Georgetown campus.

“For me it’s always a blessing to be able to play against the best out there,” said former North Carolina Tar Heel Marcus Ginyard, a Bishop O’Connell graduate who finished with 19 points, “he’s definitely got a bright future ahead of him.”

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Summer League All-Stars put on a show

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MPI MDElete 0224Team Sploosh’s Kevin Neal tries for a basket. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER ROCKVILLE – The 2017 Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League ended with a bang Monday evening in the Daniel Pearl Memorial Gymnasium at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School as the best players from the summer season competed in the All-Star game.

The students were divided into two teams: Team Bunnies and Team Sploosh. The highly entertaining game came down to the wire as a last second layup by Bullis junior fstorward Nendah Tarke gave Team Sploosh the victory, 103-101.

Springbrook senior guard Matthew Balanc led all players with 50 points scored for Team Bunnies. Balanc was awarded the Most Valuable Player trophy at the game’s conclusion.

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Oakdale edges out Springbrook to win basketball championship 69-6

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MPI mdelite 0024Springbrook’s Peace Addo (8) and Cameron Rucker (11) move to block Oakdale’s Drew Jezioro (3) as he attempts a layup. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  ROCKVILLE — Thursday’s championship game of the Maryland Elite Summer Varsity League pitted the Springbrook Blue Devils (7-3) against Frederick County’s Oakdale Bears (9-1). Despite a 28-point performance by Delano Jessup, Springbrook fell to Oakdale, 69-68.

Springbrook head coach Darnell Meyers viewed the loss through a positive lens. Pointing out that two of his starters, Matthew Blanc and Anthony Thomas, were missing.

“The young kids stepped up and did a great job,” said Meyers. “We should’ve won, we missed a lot of free throws, but that’s what summer league is for, it’s a chance to grow.”

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Gaithersburg knock Good Counsel out of the playoffs in basketball

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ROCKVILLE – The Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League playoffs kicked off Monday at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School Daniel Pearl Memorial Gymnasium.

Third-seeded Gaithersburg clashed with Good Counsel in a game that saw the Trojans ride a dominant first half to a 53-38 victory to advance to the second round of the postseason. Gaithersburg rising senior Kevin Neal registered 20 points and was named Player of the Game. Even though the Falcons lost, rising senior guard Cameron Carter led all scorers with 22 points. Gaithersburg’s tight defense stymied the Falcons offensively as the Trojans scored 17 unanswered points to open the first half.

In fact, of the 14 total points Good Counsel earned in the first half, Carter scored eight of them at the free-throw line.

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Springbrook dominates Rockville 55-29

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ROCKVILLE- Springbrook proved to be the superior team against Rockville, as the Blue Devils walloped the Rams 55-29 in the Elite Varsity Summer League.

It was obvious who controlled the game from the start. The Blue Devils were a larger, more physical team, able to control at the bottom of the rim with a tight defense and attack it with more brute strength than precision.

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Magruder falls short in playoffs to NW

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ROCKVILLE – It was a hard-fought game but Magruder fell short on Monday.

Northwest High School standouts Terrence Williams and Norval Black guided the Jaguars to a 70-66 first round playoff victory over the Magruder Colonels in the Maryland Elite Varsity Summer League at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School.

Williams, a former Watkins Mill Wolverine, finished with 18 points and Black contributed 14 points but Kolbey Woodard had a key defensive play late in the game that helped trigger the win. Leading by a basket, Woodard made a steal with 3.9 seconds remaining but was fouled and sent to the charity stripe.

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