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Matthew Balanc’s dominant performance carries Springbrook to blowout win over Einstein

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ROCKVILLE — In a battle of two teams on pace to qualify for the Maryland Elite Summer League playoffs, Springbrook Blue Devils star point guard Matthew Balanc (20 points) carried his team to a 66-48 rout over the Einstein Titans.

Balanc started the game for the Blue Devils, but started off extremely cold, in fact the entire Springbrook team struggled to put the ball through the net, not making a field goal for the first five minutes of the game. Einstein started the game on fire however, leading 10-1 with 10:12 remaining the first half.

With 8:25 remaining in the first half, Balanc collided with teammate Cam Rucker and went down hard. Holding his head, Balanc lay on the ground for around a minute. Balanc was helped up by Springbrook head coach Darnell Meyers, but walked off on his own power. Just 18 seconds of game time later, Balanc re-entered the game, and everything changed for Springbrook there.

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Magruder beats Churchill 54-46 in MD Elite Basketball action

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MPI MC 0004Justin Hawkes of Magruder. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE   ROCKVILLE — Two 4-4 Montgomery County public high schools faced off in Maryland Elite Basketball action Monday at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, but Magruder turned out victorious as it defeated Churchill, 54-46.

The momentum shifted mostly toward the Colonels as they were able to make the important shots and score in transition, with Colin Bannister leading the way with 16 points, including five in the first half and 11 in the second.

“He’s someone we will be counting on big-time in the coming season, should lead the team in scoring,” head coach Tony Giles said. “He has a lot of athletic abilities, a smart player, and really anticipate Colin having a good season this year.”

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Watkins Mill hopes to enter postseason, with 50-42 victory against Rockville

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ROCKVILLE – With the Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League playoffs kicking off on July 20, teams on the cusp of elimination scratched and clawed Monday to earn a victory that would hopefully result in that coveted playoff berth.

Watkins Mill clashed with Rockville at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School lower school gym in a game that kicked off with the Rams digging themselves a hole they couldn’t climb out of. The squad from Gaithersburg ended up one step closer to the postseason with a 50-42 victory.

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Whitman eliminated from summer league playoffs after loss to G. Prep

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ROCKVILLE – When Georgetown Prep took on Whitman Monday in the Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League, one thing was certain: The loser would be eliminated from playoff contention.

Both squads showed how badly they wanted to enter the postseason in a game that saw several ties and lead changes at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School Daniel Pearl Memorial Gymnasium.

The Little Hoyas made sure nothing was left to chance and avoided a last-minute Whitman surge to earn their fourth win of the summer season, 67-62. 

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Springbrook tops Good Counsel in hoops

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MPI GCvSB 0121Our Lady of Good Council Bez Mbeng (48) goes for a layup. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER      ROCKVILLE — In a game that was purely a tale of two halves at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, the Springbrook Blue Devils used a second half comeback to top the Good Counsel Falcons 41-39.

While the score stayed close early in the game, Good Counsel showed much more fight on the defensive end, creating turnovers and thus baskets in transition. Springbrook had jumped out to a 16-10 lead as Good Counsel wasn’t able to convert its opportunities on the offensive end, but with just under seven minutes to play in the first half, the high energy defense from Falcons began to pay its dividends.

Good Counsel’s up-tempo play propelled them on an 8-2 run to tie the game at 18 with 1:52 to play in the first half, the two would go into the half tied at 20. The Falcons started strong in the second half as well, leading by five points with 10:43 to go in the half.

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Good Counsel slips past Whitman in Summer hoops competition

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ROCKVILLE – Good Counsel guard Christopher Margarites took aim from behind the arc and landed his third trey of the game to help put Whitman away 45-41 Monday night at the Daniel Pearl Memorial Gymnasium at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School.

The rising junior has produced a successful summer season so far as a participant of the Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League and Monday night was no exception. Margarites led all scorers with 17 points. Whitman senior guard Joey Squeri wasn’t far behind with 16 points of his own.

Both teams took their time on offense as both halves begun with a two-minute scoring drought. It wasn’t long, however, before the competition heated up and buckets started to drop for both squads.

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You Reach and I Teach comes to Churchill H.S.

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Two Montgomery County residents are joining forces this month to teach youngsters the fundamentals of basketball.
Germantown’s Joel Barkers and Mamadi Diane of Potomac are teaming up for the “You Reach I Teach” boys and girls basketball camp at Churchill High School.
“I think it’s a great way to stay connected to the area,” said Diane, a 2005 DeMatha graduate who played collegiately at the University of Virginia before embarking on a professional career overseas.
Barkers, who played professional basketball overseas for five years, said he and his staff will be “actually trying to teach the kids the right way how to play basketball.”

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NBA Draft is highlighted by two local former high school players

Markelle FultzMarkelle Fultz. FILE PHOTOThe first round of the 2017 NBA Draft was bookended by a pair of local products – Upper Marlboro’s Markelle Fultz and Silver Spring native Josh Hart.
The Philadelphia 76ers selected Fultz, a 2016 DeMatha graduate, with the first overall selection. Fultz, who attended James Madison Middle School in Upper Marlboro, became the first Prince George’s County product to ever be selected No. 1 overall.
“It is with great Prince George’s County pride that I congratulate Upper Marlboro’s very own Markelle Fultz on becoming the top pick in the 2017 NBA Draft,” Prince George’s County Councilman Mel Franklin said in a news release. “Markelle’s work ethic and determination are a result of his outstanding character and the wonderful influence of his family, especially his mother, Ebony Fultz, and the community that nurtured him. Markelle overcame being cut from his high school basketball team as a sophomore to become the country’s most sought after college talent. In three and a half years’ time, Markelle went from being a junior varsity high school basketball player to the top pick in the NBA Draft. Markelle, Prince George’s County congratulates you. We celebrate your incredible successes and are excited about the promise of your next great steps in the NBA. May God bless and guide your future, for the best is yet to come.”

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Good Counsel edges past Richard Montgomery

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ROCKVILLE – The Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League has kicked off for the season as current high school basketball players and rising freshmen get the opportunity to compete and improve their skills.

Good Counsel faced off against Richard Montgomery on Monday at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School’s Daniel Pearl Memorial Gymnasium. The Falcons came away with the victory, 51-47, after a strong second-half showing by guards Antoine Jacks and Chris Margarites.

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