OXON HILL – The Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets stung Oxon Hill and the area’s leading scorer Shawn Moss, 67-54 on Feb. 18.
Isaiah Miles led the way for Gwynn Park, scoring 21 points. However, Miles had some help from his supporting cast. Aaron Parker scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Justin Faison added 17 points, including nine points from beyond the arc.
“I think we played pretty well, but we could’ve played better transition defense,” Parker said. “We gave up a lot of points, but we keyed in on Moss and I think we got him out the game for the most part.”
The match was close throughout the first half as both teams were deadlocked at 17 after one quarter of play. Moss led the way for Oxon Hill by scoring 12 points, but then the star guard got into foul trouble. Miles continued to dominate in the paint for Gwynn Park by scoring 13 points in the first half.
“The team needed me to post up more and get easy inside buckets and that’s what I did today,” Miles said. “I feel as a team they wanted to get me open, so when they wanted to make space for me they got me open and I just capitalized on it.
“Coach (Michael) Glick drew up a good game plan and wanted to shut (Moss) down and make somebody else beat us and nobody could. Moving forward, we just want to win states. We just have to take it one game at a time and just get better each game.”
Gwynn Park also added 17 points in the second quarter and went into the half up three, 34-31.
In the second half, Oxon Hill kept up with the Yellow Jackets, but still couldn’t crack into the three-point deficit heading into the fourth as they trailed 47-44.
In the final quarter, Gwynn Park took off. The Yellow Jackets swarmed Oxon Hill defensively in the final quarter and exploded for 20 points to put the game away for good. Oxon Hill was constantly pressured into taking bad shots and committed a handful of turnovers. The Clippers only managed to score 10 points in the final frame. Moss finished with just one basket in the second half, by the way of a three-pointer in the final minutes.
“I was very proud of CJ Miller. I thought his defense on Moss was outstanding,” Glick said. “I was really proud of how we executed our game plan.”