UPPER MARLBORO – The Oxon Hill Clippers simply could not stop St. Charles High School during a summer league basketball match at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School on June 27 behind the efforts of a premier prospect.
Darius Miles, who played last year for Theodore Roosevelt High School in Washington D.C. showed off his talent for St. Charles as they dismantled the Clippers 53-48.
Miles tied a game-high 19 points as well as Clippers forward Marcus Gorham in a battle of talented playmakers. The only difference was that Miles led his team to a solid win.
The last time these teams played, the Clippers came out with the victory. However, this time around St. Charles got off to a hot start going on a 12-4 run early until Oxon Hill Assistant Coach Anthony Dyson had enough of it and called the first timeout of the game.
Out of the timeout, Gorham led the charge for the Clippers with the absence of their starting point guard Ronald Polite and Mike Sumner.
“There big pieces to our squad. Ronald is our starting point guard, and Mike can do everything. They are both good players,” Gorham said. “We were shorthanded today, and most of our team is at camp, so we had a couple of JV guys come and play up today but other than that we were just shorthanded today.”
At 6-foot-5, Gorham handled some of the point guard duties by bringing the ball up the court and made quick decisions off of pick-and-roll screens with Peyton Love who was the second leading scorer for Oxon Hill with 15 points in the game.
Gorham was out of his position most of the contest bringing the ball up court and handling the rock more. After the game, he said he plans on improving his ball-handling this summer and plans on looking for his shot more than he did last season.
Averaging 10.2 points per game last season, Gorham expects his numbers to increase going into the winter season.
The Clippers went into halftime trailing by six (27-21). Going into the third quarter, Oxon Hill looked to make a run at St. Charles. They finally tied the game at 44 on a tough baseline jumper by Gorham who was fouled and went to the charity stripe to convert at the line for one.
Unfortunately, the Clippers could not hang with St. Charles as Miles went on a scoring rampage with 13 points in the second half and led his team to a dominant victory.
Dyson said development is the only thing that he is worried about for the Clippers. He understood that his team was short of players with only one student-athlete on the bench, but he saw his team develop and fight hard against St. Charles.
“At the end of the day we fought hard and kept the game close,” Dyson said. “They have a pretty good team over there, but we’re getting better and that’s what really need to do is continue to get better and get ready for next year that’s what it’s about.”