Former Good Counsel player leads Maret

basketballhoopsWASHINGTON – The Maret School boys’ basketball program has raised more than a few eyebrows this season thanks in large part to the performance of senior point guard Marlon Beck.
Beck, a former Good Counsel standout, leads the D.C. private school in scoring and has the Frogs at the top of the standings in the six-team Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference.


Magruder sets stage for Paint Branch by pasting Blake

basketballhoopsDERWOOD - Having clinched the division title – and with a matchup with Paint Branch High School the next week – there was reason for Magruder High School basketball fans to think their team might overlook a Blake High School team with only seven wins at that point.
Magruder (18-2, 7-1) proved its doubters wrong, setting a season high for points scored in a 88-69 win over Blake (8-12). Senior guard Nick Griffin led the way, hitting six 3-pointers en route to scoring a game-high 30 points.


Epps puts on a show as Magruder thumps Paint Branch

basketballhoopsDERWOOD - J.J. Epps had a 101.3-degree temperature Monday and was not sure if he was going to be able to play in Tuesday’s highly touted matchup of division winners Magruder and Paint Branch.
Luckily for Magruder (18-2), the senior guard recovered in time to put in a dominant performance and lead the Colonels to a 73-56 victory over the Montgomery County 4A East division champions. Epps tied the game-high score of 22 points with fellow Colonel Brian Coleman, who had 9-of-14 shooting; 19 of Epps’ points came in the first half, and he shot 8-of-10 from the floor. Epps also dazzled the crowd with several assists to set up easy baskets for his teammates.


Paint Branch downs G-Burg


basketballhoopsGAITHERSBURG – Paint Branch senior John Onukaogu scored a game-high 15 points Friday to lead the Panthers to a 63-46 victory over Gaithersburg in a battle of non-division rivals.
Onukaogu led three Paint Branch players in double figures as the Panthers kept pace atop the Montgomery 4A East division standings. Paint Branch seniors Tristan Toliver (13 points) and Tre Galloway (11 points) were also instrumental in the victory.
The Panthers play in a division that includes Sherwood, Blair, Kennedy, Springbrook and Blake.
“I think, honestly, we have the toughest region,” said Paint Branch senior Jordan Radway, who finished with eight points against the Trojans. “All those others schools, they have a cakewalk to the state championship. I think we grind it out. We play tough teams two times. Other schools, they get to play the weak schools so I think we have the toughest division.”
Meanwhile, Gaithersburg continues to struggle despite an athletic lineup that features 6-foot-7 junior center Zach Coalmon, 6-foot-4 sophomore forward Kamonte Carter and 5-foot-10 senior guard Mateen Etheridge, the Trojans’ leading scorer.
Etheridge, Oshay Greene and J.P. Herbert each finished with eight points apiece to pace the Trojans.
Paint Branch led 27-21 at halftime and outscored the Trojans in the second half, 36-24. Gaithersburg pulled to within seven points early in the fourth quarter before Paint Branch went on a 19-9 run and cruised to their fifth consecutive win.
“They’re a really good team,” said Gaithersburg head coach Kevin Parrish. “We knew we’d have to play close to a perfect game to beat them.”