Poly ends Potomac’s championship journey again

  • Written by  Jose Umana, photos by Michael Smith
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Tr QuezGrier2OXON HILL – Last season, the Potomac High School boys' basketball team was only one point away from realizing their championship dreams. A crushing loss in the 2017 Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) 3A State Finals anchored the Wolverines throughout the 2017-2018 regular season campaign in hopes of earning a second chance at championship glory.

However, for the second year in a row, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (Poly) blocked the Wolverines from a title game appearance winning 61-58. in the third round of the state playoffs on Feb. 28. Potomac senior point guard Jason Newman (bottom right) scored consecutive three-pointers in the second half, bringing down the lead to one.

Potomac’s resolve pushed through in the fourth quarter as sophomore Corey Dyches’ (top left) fadeaway jumper quickly turned into a three-point play, giving the Wolverines their first lead of the game. After both teams traded the lead, Newman, who scored a team-high 19 points, sunk his third three-pointer of the game, temporarily giving Potomac a one-point advantage.

With seven seconds remaining and guarded by two Engineers, Potomac senior forward Emmanuel Doby threw up the 30-foot three-point attempt. The ball grazed the backboard before CSU Long Beach commit Demetrius Mims caught it (who finished with 18 points for the Engineers) and held on to it as time expired eliminating Potomac from the playoffs.

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