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Wednesday, March 13
Meade’s winning season ends

Meade’s winning season ends

Mustangs upset Patriots, but fall to Bruins in region final in home game March 13, 2019 Jack Chavez Education, News 0 Old Mill's Kyjuan Johnson tries to keep the ball away from Meade's Mazhi Thames as he reaches to steal the ball Wednesday night.The Meade Mustangs’ incredible run to the state 4A East Region final came to a halt with a 78-47 loss to the Broadneck Bruins on Friday, just two nights after upsetting the reigning county champion, the Old Mill Patriots.Though it was an abrupt ending for a team that had set its eyes on the state semifinals, its deep playoff run bucked the conventional expectations of how a young team will fare in the postseason.The loss caps the Mustangs’ record at 19-6, besting last year’s output by three wins — and they did it with just two seniors on the roster.“The way we lost doesn’t distract from our season,” coach Mike Glick said. “Broadneck played phenomenally. They were the better team and if they [continue to] shoot like that, it’s going to be hard for them to lose many games.”Meade’s run to the region final was the deepest it’s advanced since making it there two years ago. 

The Mustangs advanced to the state championship in 2015 and 2016, winning it all in 2015.But to even get to the region title game, Meade first had to vanquish a formidable and familiar foe.Getting It DunnIt was Tre Dunn’s night.Meade’s Tre Dunn looks for an open teammate during Wednesday’s game against Old Mill.The senior forward scored 17 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and had eight blocks as Meade sunk Old Mill, 60-57, on March 6.Five weeks prior, Meade blew a halftime lead against the Patriots, due in part to a crucial technical foul against Dunn. It was the second such loss to its cross-county rival this year.That’s not how it played out in the third matchup.It wasn’t a strong start for Meade. Turnovers and clean looks that yielded no points forced the Mustangs into a 5-point hole after the first quarter.A bright spot during the quarter — and one for the whole game — was TJ Speight’s accuracy from downtown. Speight finished the game with five 3-pointers.Meade found its bearings in the second quarter with Dunn creating opportunities on defense. 

They even held a 5-point lead before the Patriots surged back and took a 23-22 lead into halftime.Star senior guard Mazhi Thames had been held to just 3 points at that moment, but the Mustangs were determined to write a different ending.So they turned up the heat.Forward Omar Beatty came off the bench and created plays on both sides of the court. Thames came alive with a pair of crucial baskets. Old Mill still couldn’t contain Dunn. And Meade took a 39-34 lead into the fourth quarter.“I try to let them know, we’ve got to step up,” Speight said. “All our players need to step up because if we don’t [all] step up, we can’t win.”The starting five can’t win the game by themselves, Speight said.In the fourth quarter, Beattie, Thames and Dunn combined for 20 of the team’s 21 points before a dramatic finish.With 26 seconds remaining, the Mustangs led by 9 points before a pair of 3-pointers by Old Mill star Avion Robinson cut the lead to 3.Then, with just two seconds left, the Patriots stole an inbound pass from their baseline and a last-second, 3-point heave sailed off Robinsons’ fingers.It missed.And just like that, Meade avenged its prior defeats and sealed its date with Broadneck on Friday for the 4A East Region championship.Speight and Thames finished with 16 points apiece. Beatty contributed 11 points.Mustangs coach Mike Glick made a point to praise Beatty after the game.“Omar Beatty is a player who didn’t play for us for 10 straight games,” Glick said. “In the last two games, he has stepped up immensely and went from a guy who was not in the rotation to playing the whole second half.“He did a phenomenal job of finishing around the basket and playing good defense.”

The victory also marked the 500th career victory for the first-year Meade coach.Glick paused for a moment to reflect, saying that hitting the milestone was “surreal,” then quickly placed the focus back on his players.“Forget about everything with me personally,” Glick said. “To see where these kids have come from — and [how] they supported each other and cheered each other on — it’s the definition of a team. I just couldn’t be prouder.”Hitting The WallMeade simply didn’t have an answer for Broadneck’s aggressive style on Friday.Save for an 8-2 run halfway through the second quarter, the Mustangs struggled to string together any sort of success.“They hit shots,” Glick said. “We did not hit shots that we’ve hit most of the season. They shot the ball very, very well.“They’re a big team but I don’t think their size dominated us, per se. I think if anything, they’re an extremely experienced team who’ve played together [a while].”A raucous Broadneck home crowd certainly didn’t help. Glick acknowledged that challenge but said his team knew what to expect.“Broadneck has not been in this position many times and they’ve got great community support, the No. 1 seed and they definitely had a great home crowd, without question,” Glick said.“I just thought that it was a matter of we didn’t play well and Broadneck played exceptionally.”Speight led the Mustangs with 16 points and Beatty finished with 10 points.

Bright FutureFriday’s loss marked Meade’s farewell to senior co-captains Thames and Dunn. But looking ahead, Glick said there’s plenty to be excited about.Core players like Speight, Beatty and starting forward Josh Bishop are all sophomores, Glick pointed out. And the junior varsity team just finished at the top of its league.“I think our future is very, very bright,” Glick said. “We had a great season and I couldn’t have asked for more support from the families, players and administration in my first year.“I’m extremely proud of this team. I’m as proud of this team as any team I’ve coached. The fact that we got beat in the last game does not distract from what we just did.”



Thursday, March 7
Thames a winner as Meade tops Old Mill in section final Glick Win 500th

Mazhi Thames might have had a fond memory of last year’s Class 4A East Region Section I final, but the rest of his current teammates didn’t. Thames will have happy thoughts about this year’s game as well, as will the rest of his Meade teammates. Thames, who led Old Mill to a victory over Meade a year ago in the same game, returned to Meade this year and walked off the floor at Old Mill happy once again after his Mustangs held on for a 60-57 victory over the Patriots on Wednesday night at a sold-out gymnasium at Old Mill. Thames scored nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter for Meade, which had a nine-point lead with 26 seconds left, but still had to survive a last-second 3-pointer that would have forced overtime. Young leads Broadneck over North Point to region final “First half, I was settling for a lot of jumpers,” said Thames, who didn’t score his first points until midway through the second quarter. “In the second half, I just looked to get to the basket and get my teammates more involved.” Meade (19-5) advances to face Broadneck on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the region final. The Mustangs are shooting for their eighth region title and third since 2015.

“I’m overwhelmed right now,” Meade coach Mike Glick said. “It’s a beautiful moment for me personally, and to see the way those kids have been unselfish all year long and how they had each other’s backs. It’s the definition of a team.” As thrilling as Wednesday’s win was in that it helped the Mustangs advance, it was also the 500th career win for Glick. “I’ve been coaching for a long time,” Glick said. “I’m just blessed to have phenomenal players, phenomenal coaches and a phenomenal administration and teachers who have bought in. It really hasn’t hit me yet.” Tre Dunn led the Mustangs with 17 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocks, TJ Speight and Thames each added 16 points and Omar Beattie scored 11 points off the bench for Meade, which avenged a pair of regular-season losses to the Patriots. Speight hit five 3-pointers in the first three quarters and helped the Mustangs take over the game after going into halftime down a point after the Patriots closed the first half on a 6-0 run. His final 3-pointer of the game came in the final minute of the third and pushed the lead to seven.

“Today was probably the best I ever shot,” he said. “We’ve been working real hard at practice and I’ve been telling the players we need to step up. If we don’t step up, we can’t win.” Dunn was consistent from the beginning. He had eight points in the first half and added nine more in the second half, including seven in the fourth quarter. “It feels great. My whole team stepped up tonight, and that’s all we needed,” Dunn said. “We just needed the energy from our bench and all of our players.” Glick was sure to praise the play of Beattie, who scored nine of his points in the second half.

After Old Mill had pulled within four with just under two minutes left in the game, he scored four points in a 30-second span to push the lead back to eight. “He was a player that didn’t even play for us for 10 straight games and wasn’t even in the rotation,” Glick said. “In the last two games he has stepped up immensely. He went from not being a guy not in the rotation to playing the whole second half. He did a phenomenal job of finishing around the basket and played good defense.” Daevone Johnson and Avion Robinson concluded their stellar careers by combining for 46 of the Patriots’ 57 points. Johnson led the team with 24, while Robinson hit a pair of late 3-pointers that gave the Patriots a chance and finished with 22 points. They both played a role in the Patriots’ region title a year ago and helped them win the county championship game this year. “I’m proud of these guys and I’m proud of what we’ve done,” Old Mill coach Mike Francis said. “I was proud of the way the guys battled.” Glick said the Mustangs will surely celebrate the win, but will get back to work on Thursday for Broadneck.

The Bruins won the teams’ regular-season meeting, 69-54. “We have to come back (Thursday) and put it behind us,” Glick said. “Broadneck is a great team and the No. 1 seed, but we’ll be ready. It will be a great environment and we’ll be excited to play.” High school sports videos Capital Gazette Sports on Facebook High school sports writer Bob Hough on Twitter Copyright © 2019, Capital Gazette, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication Privacy Policy Coaches

Monday, March 4
Meade outlasts Glen Burnie in overtime to advance to 4A East Region Section I final

Mazhi Thames needed to relax.It was hard to do – the cacophony pouring down from both bleachers weighed heavy in the Meade gymnasium air. At any given second, Glen Burnie and Mustang players stormed after the ball and one another like a flurry of tornadoes.Mekhi Simmons had just knotted things up for the Gophers, and there wasn’t much time left to correct it – 4.8 seconds, actually.Thames stilled himself at the perimeter, and hit for two.  

“We were going to nobody else at the end of the game,” Meade coach Mike Glick said. “We win or lose with him.”On Thames’ eleventh-hour field goal, No. 2 Meade survived a close frenzy with Glen Burnie to win in overtime, 74-72, in the 4A East Region Section I semifinal. The Mustangs advance to face Old Mill on Wednesday night.Thames, of course, contributed much more than those key final points. The senior – one of only two on the whole team – ended the night with 30 points, 11 in the first quarter alone.“His unselfishness, his ability not to get flustered getting double-teamed the whole entire game, him making the extra pass to his open teammates, him not getting down when his teammates missed wide open layups,” Glick said, “kid’s remarkable.” 

There would have been no overtime at all, though, if not for sophomore Omar Beattie. With no time left in the fourth quarter, with Glen Burnie up by two, the 6-foot-2 forward navigated through the Gophers to drain the equalizer.“Omar hit the big shot and sent us to overtime,” Thames said. “Without his bucket, we wouldn’t even be there.”Beattie’s efforts would have been for nothing had it not been for another unexpected source. Sophomore Josh Bishop, who Glick had mostly utilized as a defensive specialist from the start of the season, laid down two 3-pointers in overtime.“He was not a good shooter at the beginning of the year,” Glick said. “Those were the biggest shots of the season.” 

The Mustangs needed to shake off playoff jitters as the game began; Glen Burnie didn’t. The Gophers scored on both of their first two possessions while forcing Meade to misfire passes.Thames was the first Mustang to settle in. The senior’s entire demeanor was as easy as a mild summer’s day as he lofted back-to-back-to-back shots from the 3-point line.Safe to say, Meade carried a five-point lead, 19-14, into the next quarter.While his fellow senior had already racked up 11 points, senior forward Tre Dunn (15 points) had his own role to play. He dropped his third dunk of the night to open the second and then tried to marshal the Mustangs defense, one that suddenly needed to step up more than they had before.After all, Glen Burnie was done trailing its hosts. While the Gophers defense double-teamed Thames, Tyrone Cropper (15 points), Simmons (21 points) and Dominick Williams (16 points) peppered the net with baskets, reducing the Meade lead to nothing and then moving beyond. Cropper’s shot from downtown secured a Glen Burnie lead that kept to halftime, 34-28.“Tre played really within himself,” Glick said. “Thought he did a great job of rebounding the basketball and anchoring us on defense. I thought he did a great job playing with four fouls at the end of the game in overtime.”

As a unit, though, the Mustangs struggled to box the Gophers out, and the problem only worsened as the game waxed on. Even as Glen Burnie didn’t always complete its extra opportunities, tallying six points off second-chances over the next two quarters, the Gophers ate up the clock, giving Meade far less time to undo the Gophers’ takeover.Glick has that all on a to-do list before Wednesday.“We did a very poor job of rebounding the basketball,” the coach said. “We gave them second, third and fourth chances. That’s something we’re going to have to do better next game.”As Thames gradually chewed Glen Burnie’s advantage away with made free throws, giving way for TJ Speight (17 points) to pot the go-ahead. Off of three-straight steals, Speight hit two points that gave Meade a fragile lead, one that Cropper unraveled with a 3-pointer followed by a Williams putback. The Gophers led by three, 50-47.It seemed like Meade’s best chance to overtime vanished as Nick Haylock missed an open layup with mere seconds to go. Glen Burnie had a two-point advantage, and that was enough.Enough, at least, until Beattie’s overtime-earning shot dropped and the Mustangs crashed into one another on the court as if they’d just won.In a way, the Mustangs had. The course was set. Williams’ and guard Braeden Cavey’s own 3-pointers, the Gophers’ only field goals of overtime, were canceled out by Bishop’s pair.

Thames struggled to find his opening. The intensity of the moment had gotten to his head.“My strategy from that point is to try and play off the ball. Try to get my team involved more,” Thames said.Once he stepped back on the court and hit his final basket, it would be only seconds until it was over.The Mustangs are 11-1 in games decided in the last three minutes.“It’s hard to beat a good team three times. Glen Burnie beat Broadneck, they beat Old Mill. … I thought coach (Mike) Rudd had an excellent game plan and his kids played exceptionally well,” Glick said. “They pushed us to our limits, but our motto all season has been ‘We’re within five points, six points, three minutes left in the game – it’s our game.’”

Monday, February 25
Annapolis survives battle with Meade in final regular season game

Annapolis survives battle with Meade in final regular season game Meade

Sometimes it’s easier to hide your best weapon when he’s not a senior. People tend to overlook youth in favor of experience, especially when it comes to high school. But after watching Byron Ireland zigzag through Meade defenders to drop tie-breaking baskets, direct Annapolis traffic on the court and battle out rebounds in opportune moments, the Panthers’ top gun wasn’t a secret to Mustangs coach Mike Glick anymore. “Ireland is one of the best players in the league if not the best player in the league,” Glick said. “He’s a tremendous, tremendous player. He took the game over and was one of the primary reasons that they won. All credit goes to him.” Broadneck's victory over North County comes with benefits Ireland had stepped up more and more lately, Annapolis coach Dan Smalley said, and no more than Thursday night. The sophomore was necessary for the Panthers to survive a one-possession game, defeating Meade, 65-62, in the final bout of the regular season. 

Ireland piled up 26 points – 13 in each half – to power the Panthers. Smalley knows there’s going to be a target on his guard’s back come March. “He’s going to be critical in the playoffs,” Smalley said. “…I hope other people step up because that’s the way it’s going to be. Old Mill secures spot in boys county championship When no one in black or white could find their way in the net in the first, Ireland was the first to strike. His layup started a small Annapolis lead that Meade found its way to tie, thanks to Tre Dunn, Mazhi Thames (24 points) and TJ Speight’s field goals and an assortment of free throws. The Panthers held their advantage by a thread, 9-8. “They were box and one. I think box and one was a very good gameplan. It caught us off guard a little bit,” Glick said. “We got down 5-0 then we started scoring, adjusting and got the ball in the basket.” And yet, the Mustangs were already running into their literal biggest problem – Xavier Green. The sophomore had at least half a head on any Meade player, a plus he demonstrated in a slam-dunk followed by punching the ball out of the Mustangs’ hands on their next possession. “We just gotta try to keep a body on him,” Thames said. “You got to box him out because once he gets it, he’s guaranteed two points.” Even as Meade stepped ahead to open the second, Ireland snatched the lead right back as his 3-pointer kissed the strings, following up with a steal to layup sequence. But if the Mustangs were fazed, they certainly didn’t show it. Speight knotted things at 16; when Dunn couldn’t convert Thames’ assist into a dunk, he tapped it in for two instead, which, of course would have been two either way to tie again at 20.

If Zion Green hadn’t stepped up, things might’ve remained that way for halftime, but the senior had a different plan. He first squashed the prospect of a Meade takeover – for the moment – with three. J’Quan Graves then fed him a pass for two. It was enough to secure the Panthers’ one-point advantage, 30-29, at the break. It wasn’t enough to hold the Mustangs back. “Big picture: that was a one-possession game,” Glick said. “Like all the games in the league, it could go either way.” On first touch, Speight potted the ball for two – and the lead change. Even as Ireland stepped in to score Annapolis’ first basket of the quarter three minutes in, it paled in comparison to what Meade was generating. Nick Haylock hit three; Speight hit another two. “We didn’t have any energy in defense,” Smalley said. Thames had just five points in the third, but he knew how to make them count. He dodged Ireland as the final seconds of the quarter ticked down, gazed up at the net. When the ball left his fingers, Meade had already secured its biggest lead of the game – but it didn’t hurt to add three points. Down 48-39, the Panthers needed to move like they’d all been given jolts of caffeine. And they did – Xavier Green and Ireland peppered the net with baskets, as well as Demari Turner, for two, and Demeiko Ross, his first field goal of the night counting for three. “They’re a good team, but I trust my teammates,” Ireland said. “I get my teammates involved and take over the game.” The Mustangs managed to stave Annapolis off – when the Panthers would get a hit, Meade would hit right back – but that couldn’t last forever.

“Our defense was excellent. We were controlling the boards. We were definitely in position to win the game,” Glick said. “I thought the deciding factor in the game was when Tre Dunn fouled out.” On back-to-back fouls, Meade had lost its “best rebounder and shot-blocker” for the game. Thames estimates at that point, Annapolis was simply out-hustling the Mustangs, winning more often on 50/50 balls. It was enough to win it all. “Finally, we started playing a little harder and everything got easier for us,” Smalley said. Glick didn’t let his players treat the game like a loss for long. The promise of winning was just around the corner – after a bye, Meade, seeded second in Section I, will take on the winner of Glen Burnie/Arundel in the upcoming Class 4A East Region playoffs. “I told them in there, they’re a championship team; we’re right where we want to be. Now we just gotta get a little bit better,” Glick said. “I thought it was a championship game and a great game for us to end the season on to start the playoffs.”

Wednesday, February 6
Broadneck shares the wealth, earns win over Anne Arundel County rival Meade

By David J. Kim February 5 at 8:39 PM 

Broadneck’s Nicholas Gatton was open for a shot in the fourth quarter Tuesday night, but he passed the ball to teammate Jamar Young for an even better look. Young also kept the ball moving, eventually swinging it to Che Colbert, who drove hard to the basket for a wide-open floater to pad the Bruins’ lead.The sequence late in Broadneck’s 69-54 win over Meade in Fort Meade was representative of the Bruins’ season. Their unselfishness, along with each player’s ability to make shots when needed, has resulted in four players averaging double figures in scoring this season with no player topping 13 points per game.“Don’t let the ball stick,” said Young, who had 16 points Tuesday. “When you got the ball for more than four seconds, move it around. Don’t take an average shot. If you got an average three, why not move it around and get a perfect inside shot.”That philosophy was on display Tuesday as Colbert led a balanced attack with 17 points while Logan Vican contributed 12. 

The win propelled Broadneck (15-4, 11-3) back into first place in Anne Arundel County ahead of the rival Mustangs (14-4, 9-3).The Bruins showed some signs of fatigue during their second game in as many nights and fell behind by six early in the first quarter. Even their 9-0 run was mostly nullified when Meade immediately recovered with an 8-0 burst of its own to cut the Bruins’ lead to one at the half.Broadneck asserted itself after intermission, however. The Bruins ran away in the third quarter with their outside shooting. Colbert and Young combined for five three-pointers to help Broadneck outscore the Mustangs 23-12 in the quarter and take control for good.“We allowed the guys to figure it out on their own — let them play freely,” Broadneck Coach John Williams said. “They did a great job of making good decisions this evening. I thought we were patient offensively in critical moments.”Said Young: “The defense created the offense. That’s our team. We played good defense, get fast breaks, slow the ball and play our pace.”

After losing its past two games by a combined five points, Broadneck was desperate for a win that would put it back in prime position to claim a county title. Even with a seemingly comfortable double-digit lead, the Bruins never let up and used their experience and ball movement to escape pressure and seal the win.“We knew we had to work on it this time and not have another close game,” Vican said. “When we went up, we made sure that we kept the lead and we protected it.” 


Wednesday, February 6
Broadneck downs Meade to regain footing

Teams that suffer two straight losses usually need a good practice to help get back on track.Broadneck’s boys basketball team did the next best thing. After a pair of losses that brought them back to the pack in the county standings, the Bruins rebounded in a big way by winning at Meade, 69-54, on Tuesday. 

Broadneck (14-4) watched a nine-point lead late in the first half turn into a one-point deficit early in the third quarter, but responded by hitting five 3-pointers during a 23-point quarter.“We were excited to have the opportunity to get back out there this evening,” Broadneck coach John Williams said. “We had a tough game (Monday) night against Annapolis and the ball didn’t fall our way.”The Bruins had a 29-20 lead with three minutes left in the first half, but watched the Mustangs close the half on a 8-0 run to go into halftime down by just a point. Meade’s Tre Dunn scored early in the third quarter to complete a 10-0 run and put the Mustangs back on top. After Nick Gatton drew a charge, Jamar Young hit a 3-pointer that started a 7-0 run and put the Bruins ahead for good.Young, who finished with 16 points, hit three 3-pointers during the Bruins’ third-quarter run.“We just had to put it aside. We definitely needed this win,” Young said. “Coach told us this year could really be our year, so we’re just trying to take it step by step.

”Che Colbert, who led the Bruins with 17 points and was one of three starters in double-figures, hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight points in the third. Six of his points came over the final three minutes of the frame and helped the Bruins go into the fourth up by 12.“In the third quarter, we knew we had to come out with intensity, bring it back together and just get a lead,” Colbert said. “If one of us isn’t on, we know we can just bring in someone else and they can do it.”Logan Vican added 12 points, including eight in the second half. The Bruins led by as much as 17 early in the fourth, but the Mustangs fought back to within nine with 2:40 left. Young scored, then Vican scored off a nice feed from Mike Cantrell to extend the lead and helped the Bruins close the game out.

After hitting four 3-pointers in the first half, Broadneck finished with nine.“I think their 3-point shooting was the difference in the game,” Meade coach Mike Glick said. “They were the better team tonight and in the second half they took it to us.”Broadneck, the last team to lose a game in county play, improved to 11-2 in the county. Annapolis kept pace with the Bruins and improved to 11-2, while Old Mill is a half game back at 10-2. Following a 16-game county schedule, the top two teams will play in the county championship on Feb. 23 at North County.

“The kids are aware, and it’s a goal of ours,” Williams said. “We’d like to be in the county championship and we’d like to be in the region championship as well.”Mazhi Thames scored 22 points and added three assists to lead Meade (14-4 overall, 9-3 county). Dunn followed with 14 points and eight rebounds and TJ Speight added 13 points.“I’m actually proud right now to be 14-4 and to be where we are,” Glick said. “We just need to get better and move on to the next game.”


Saturday, January 26
Johnson, Old Mill hand Meade second county loss

Superman has kryptonite. Meade has Old Mill.The Mustangs hadn’t suffered a county loss since December, happily piling up eight Anne Arundel wins.Their last county conqueror? Old Mill.The Patriots rallied in the third quarter to defeat Meade, 63-52, on Friday. That’s what they did the last time too.“I thought the game was eerily similar to the first time we played,” Mustangs coach Mike Glick said. “Even first half and just a bad third quarter.”With an impactful, 11-point fourth quarte, Daevone Johnson led Old Mill (10-6) to the victory with 24 points.“He’s really deceptive with his length. He can defend, he can score,” Old Mill coach Mike Francis said. “He was first-team all-league last year, and I’ve been telling everybody he’s our all-around best player.”Just like last time, the two played neck-and-neck with Meade (13-3) holding a little edge. 

TJ Speight (18 points) proved he’d be a playmaker in this contest by hitting the first basket for two, then following his appetizer with a pair of 3-pointers. Speight pointed to the sky on the last one, a grin washing over his face as cheers from the blackout Meade crowd rained down.Mazhi Thames, who finished with over a third (20 points) of the Mustangs’ total, joined his teammate’s endeavors with seven points, one from downtown.Even as Meade seemed to slow down the Patriots’ usual quick-paced style, Old Mill was able to almost match its hosts as Tra Thomas tallied six points. The Patriots trailed by just two, 17-15, after the first quarter.Save for a pair from beyond the arc by Kanari Smith, the Mustangs were mostly able to corral Old Mill’s scoring efforts in the second, while the Patriots kept Meade from running too far. The hosts improved their first-frame gap and had a slim lead at the half.The Patriots knew how this story played out. 

The first half was just the first act, and things always look a little uncertain at a play’s intermission.The second act was where they’d shine.“We did a better job rebounding and we didn’t let Tre [Dunn], the big kid, control the boards in the second half,” Francis said.Old Mill’s a transition-scoring team, and Meade knows it. That didn’t mean they’d be able to stop it, though, especially once the Patriots shored their own defense up.A technical on Dunn gave Old Mill a golden opportunity at the foul line; the Patriots hit six straight free throws to add to their 10-0 run.“That gave them a lot of momentum, but we struggle when we don’t score the basketball. That was the difference in the game,” Glick said.Meade, meanwhile, didn’t score until there were just three and a half minutes remaining in the quarter – a Dunn putback.“I think what happened was we turned the basketball over, we shot quickly and we shot bad shots,” Glick said.By the end of the third, Old Mill had carved out an 11-point lead, 48-37.Johnson was just getting started.“When we play defense, he gets steals, he gets blocks, he gets layups,” Francis said.He then stripped Meade in the paint, charging down court and hooking a layup, unchallenged. He seemed to enjoy that, so he did it again, punching the ball out mid-air and carrying it up the court for another two points.“There’s a lot of time left!” Glick shouted at his players, who managed to creep within seven points of Old Mill with 58 seconds left. And yet, the Patriots became familiar once again with the free throw line – Johnson especially, who hit four. He screamed, “Let’s go!”, trading laughs with Robinson.

Old Mill’s season season hit some bumps last week, as the Patriots dropped two straight to Broadneck and Glen Burnie.“Meade’s got a great team,” Francis said. “We just played a little better defensively tonight than we have in the last three-game stretch. I’m really happy about that.”Glick lives by a “the most important game is the next game” motto. By that standard, it doesn’t matter to him so much that Old Mill took the battles if they don’t win the war.“If we play them again,” he said, regarding the playoffs, “we’d relish that opportunity.”

Thursday, January 10
Mustangs Riding High

Mustangs Riding High


January 10, 2019 Jack Chavez

The Meade Mustangs boys’ basketball team poses with the Route 175 Classic trophy on Dec. 28. The Mustangs won the tournament by beating La Plata, 90-48, and High Point, 64-62. A year after graduating four of five starters, the Meade Mustangs boys’ basketball team is rolling through January on a six-game winning streak. The Mustangs’ season started somewhat slow at 2-2, but since then they’ve averaged 77 points per game over a winning streak that’s included victories over Oakland Mills on Dec. 19 and Glen Burnie on Friday. “We’re getting better and better every single game,” coach Mike Glick said. “I’m really, really proud of our players.”

Against Glen Burnie, Meade High School’s young team had to enter a loud, hostile gym and maintain their composure against an older, more experienced squad. They answered the call with a 74-59 victory that should put the rest of the county on notice. The most noticeable key to the Mustangs’ success has been the duo of seniors Tre Dunn and Mazhi Thames, whom the opposition has struggled to contain during the winning streak. Thames scored 37 points in the contest against Glen Burnie and has averaged nearly 30 points over the last three games.

“I thought he did a phenomenal job in not getting frustrated and finding his teammates, finding the open man,” Glick said after the game. “So I give Thames a hell of a lot of credit.” Senior point guard Mazhi Thames drives to the basket in Meade’s game at Glen Burnie on Friday. The Mustangs beat the Gophers 74-59. Meade also hosted the annual Route 175 Classic on Dec. 27 and 28. After handling La Plata, 90-48, the Mustangs held on for a thrilling 64-62 victory over High Point to take home first place in the four-team tournament. Again, Thames and Dunn had a lot to do with the outcome.

Dunn provided 15 points and 11 rebounds and Thames scored 25 points, as well as coming up with the game-winning steal as time expired. Thames transferred to Meade this school year from Old Mill. He also played for Meade in his freshman year. Dunn said that familiarity with Thames as both a teammate and opponent has helped solidify their chemistry. “We played [Amateur Athletic Union basketball] together and we just got in synch [over the years],” Dunn said. “When he left for Old Mill, I had to play against him and learn some stuff about him. And then when he came back, I had to learn to control the court with him.

… It was just going to be me [guiding our younger teammates], but now I have somebody else to help me out during the game.” Added Thames: “[We’re] like salt and pepper.” Having two seniors among his ranks has gone a long way in helping Glick’s younger talent develop, players like junior Nick Haylock and sophomore TJ Speight.

Thursday, December 27
Mazhi Thames Meade HS Capital Gazette Player of the Week

Mazhi Thames, Meade boys basketball. Boys athlete of the week.  

BoysMazhi Thames, Sr., Meade, basketballThames scored 73 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and handed out 13 assists and led the Mustangs to three wins last week. He capped his week with a 30-point, 12-assist, seven-rebound performance in Friday’s win over North County.

“Mazhi is a great teammate and has provided tremendous leadership to such a young and inexperienced team making his teammates better every day,” coach Mike Glick said. 





Saturday, December 15
Old Mill beats rival Meade, 73-54, to keep winning streak going

Meade knew what it was dealing with before the clock started. Longtime basketball coach Mike Glick called Old Mill “the team to beat.”But like two teams before them, the Mustangs were unable to be the ones to bring the Patriots down. Led by senior Avion Robinson’s scoring spree, Old Mill kept its winning streak untouched, deftly dropping Meade 73-54.Robinson totaled 36 points – including 13 in the third quarter, a frame that practically ensured the Patriots (3-0) their victory.

It would be a career night for most players. Robinson, though, isn’t most players. When he’d walked on the floor to warm up with his teammates, a T-shirt clouded his jersey. His number, 24, was hardly visible, and yet, when he passed a pair of Meade students, one said, knowingly, “That’s their best player.”“He scored 40 the first night we played,” Old Mill coach Mike Francis said. “The bigger the game, the bigger he plays.”Judging by the final score, it’d appear Old Mill had blown its rivals out. But if basketball were only played two quarters, it would have gone to overtime. 

The Mustangs (2-2) screeched from the start on the wheels of senior Tre Dunn, who hit a crowd-pleasing dunk with an ease that made it clear it wouldn’t be his last dunk of the night.Senior Mazhi Thames, opening his own 30-point performance, followed up his teammate with a 3-pointer to put Meade up 5-0. Moments later, Dunn would slam another dunk.Despite the showmanship, though, Old Mill wasn’t rattled, its senior-clad defense already proving difficult for a younger Mustangs squad to handle.

The Patriots lurched to a 15-9 lead at the first timeout, the result of speedy production after rebounds, accurate shot-making and forcing turnovers.“We’re two-time defending county champs, region champs. That stuff doesn’t bother us,” Francis said. “Not the guys who’s been here before.”And it was only the beginning. The Patriots edged Meade after the first, 15-12.Meade’s apex offense arrived at the top of the second quarter. Dunn, naturally, opened the frame with a dunk, followed by a layup from sophomore TJ Speight, which handed the Mustangs the lead. At the same time, Meade had shored up its defense in the paint, holding the hosts to a scoreless, three-minute drought.Given what would happen next, it wouldn’t matter in the game. But Glick has his eyes on January, February. All 32 minutes on Friday could do was build experience for his colts.

Thursday, December 6
The Real Deal

Since he was as old as the teens he now coaches, Mike Glick knew his place in life would be along the sidelines of a high school gym.The Meade Mustangs’ new boys’ basketball coach — who will look for his 482nd career win tonight in the Mustangs’ season opener at Oxon Hill — is continuing his mission to maximize his basketball players’ potential and prepare all his Meade students for life after high school.“I always knew I wanted to coach,” Glick said. “In my high school yearbook, it said: ‘Where do you want to see yourself in 20 years?’ And I said, ‘Coaching basketball.’ So I followed my dream.”

Glick is a total Maryland product. He was born and raised in Montgomery County, graduated from the former Robert E. Perry High School in Rockville, and attended St. Mary’s College, where he played basketball and baseball.A guard by trade, Glick joked that he’s dating himself when he mentions that he himself held a lot of St. Mary’s scoring records for a time because the advent of the 3-point line occurred during his junior year.“I was an outside shooter, so when the 3-point line came in, it was awesome,” he said. “I wish I played my whole career with it.”Making A DifferenceAfter spending five years coaching at the college level, Glick took his first high school coaching position in 1993 with St. Vincent Pallotti in Laurel, where he led the Panthers to the WCAC Division II championship in just his second year.In 1999, he began a seven-year stint at nearby Archbishop Spalding, where he racked up two Baltimore Catholic League titles, three MIAA regular-season championships and one MIAA tournament title.Glick has coached multiple players who have gone on to play at the next level and beyond, including former Maryland Terrapins center Will Bowers and current San Antonio Spurs starting small forward Rudy Gay. 

But honing the skills of his players is really only a singular aspect of his job, Glick said.“The No. 1 thing for me is to make a difference in people’s lives and to see the players move on and become productive members of society,” he said.“That’s one thing people can expect. We’re going to have good kids, academically inclined, who’ll be productive members of society. And I try to do that as a classroom teacher, too.”The attention that Glick gives to students leads outgoing coach Pete Corriero to believe the program will continue to thrive under his longtime friend and colleague.“Meade’s getting a professional high school coach,” Corriero said.Under Corriero, Meade didn’t just succeed, they dominated.On top of back-to-back 4A state semifinal appearances in 2014-15 and 2015-16 — winning the state title in the first trip — the Mustangs set the Anne Arundel County record for regular season wins with 26 in 2014-15, topping Annapolis High School’s 25-win record set in the 2000-01 season.Military Twist“Meade’s a hard job,” Corriero said. “People might only see the 32 minutes during the game [and not] the 23 hours and 28 minutes that go into [preparing for a game] or the behind-the-scenes stuff. … Learning to do all that effectively — a lot of that I learned from Mike.“They’re getting the real deal, the guy that really showed me how to do it.”

Winning may not be new to Glick, but the added wrinkle of coaching at a school where roughly one in four students has active military parents — and thus could transfer in or out with a moment’s notice — is a new challenge.Glick was immediately impressed by a student who tried out just five days after transferring to Meade from Baton Rouge, La. Immediately, he said, the kid was one of the best players in the gym.“So that’s something that for Coach Glick is a little bit new,” he said.“Usually you know everyone in the school and this young man just transferred in … and has just done a tremendous job. So the transient nature of the school is something for me that’s a little different, but I’m definitely embracing it.”

Glick doesn’t have a storied relationship with the military but said his father was a Korean War veteran. So far, said Glick, he’s been warmly welcomed by the entire community.“Absolutely love the community,” he said.“I have been very, very humbled by the overall support I’ve had. Everyone’s welcomed me with open arms and it’s just been a blessing. I really like it here.“I have tremendous kids, tremendous players and I’m just very happy.”New DivisionGlick spent 12 years coaching in the Maryland 2A division at Gwynn Park in Brandywine and is familiar with the county from his time at Spalding and the local connections he’s made over the years. But coaching in the 4A division will be new territory.Coming into this season, Glick has only gone up against Broadneck and Southern high schools. Southern is the only 2A school in Anne Arundel County.He’s seen the best the state’s public school system has to offer, though, as several of Baltimore City’s vaunted basketball programs play in the 2A division.“I think because of the Baltimore City component, the 2A championship is the hardest state championship to win because Baltimore City is where the best basketball is played,” Glick said.“Not that basketball in Baltimore is better, but what’s better is the public school basketball because not as many of those players go to private schools [as county players do].”The 4A division is still not a cakewalk, and Glick said he’s been impressed with the development of county basketball over the last two decades.“There’s a lot of good youth organizations … and I think the level of coaching is excellent that I’ve seen,” he said.“I don’t think 4A is without a challenge. It’s definitely a challenge. Our goal is to win a state championship at Meade. It’s been done before. Our goal is to do it again.”Four times Glick’s Gwynn Park teams advanced to the 2A state semifinals, but each time they lost to the eventual state champion.After winning division and conference titles in the WCAC, MIAA, Baltimore Catholic League and on the college circuit, a Maryland state championship is the one piece to the puzzle that has remained elusive.“It’s always our goal every season to win a state championship,” Glick said. “It’s extremely hard to do. A lot of things have to fall into place.“It would be tremendous to be able to do that sometime before my career ends. And I would love nothing more than to do it at Meade.” 

Saturday, December 1
Mustangs ride into season


 Meade High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams are set to begin the season with hopes of building on successful campaigns the year before.There will be changes and challenges for each team to meet.On the boys’ side, Mike Glick comes in to take over for outgoing coach Pete Corriero, who took the Mustangs to back-to-back 4A state championship games in 2014 and 2015, winning the first championship in school history the first trip.“[Corriero] came in and won a state championship after they hadn’t won one in over 40 years [of existence],” said Glick, who retained Corriero’s entire coaching staff.“So I’m not trying to come in here and replace everything that’s being done.”Glick himself comes in with an impressive resume.Entering his 26th year as a basketball coach, Glick has overseen successful high school programs at Archbishop Spalding, St. Vincent Pallotti and most recently Gwynn Park, where he coached the last 12 seasons.“Coming into a new program, every season is different, whether you’re at the same school or a different school,” Glick said. “Coming into Meade, we only have one person who played last year.“I’m trying to keep a lot of things that Coach ‘C’ kept in place. But it’s more of a reload-rebuild. We’re going to play with six sophomores and a freshman, so it’s a very young team.”That returning player is senior forward Tre’ Dunn, whom Glick called “without question” the Mustangs’ best player.“A lot of our success will fall upon Tre,” Glick said. “He’s been a great leader to the younger players — highly intelligent kid. There’s no question he’ll play at the next level. I’ve been very impressed with him.”Counting On YouthGlick praised sophomore point guard TJ Speight, who established his place on the team after Corriero brought him up from JV late last season.“I think he’s going to be one of the premier up-and-coming guards in the county,” he said. “I think he’ll kind of burst onto the scene.”Guard Andre Campbell has also turned heads, Glick said. He will be just the third freshman Glick has tapped for a varsity squad in his entire coaching career.Beyond Speight and Campbell, Glick said he has several young guys who have the potential to step up.“Without question, the make-or-break factor [for our season] is getting better every day,” he said. “If we can get better every day and we’re playing our best basketball at the end of the season, we can definitely make a run.”Glick has made his name as a defensive coach. Cornerstones of his system include pressing, trapping and incorporating multiple defenses, he said.But perhaps the biggest shift in strategy will be Glick’s zone schemes.“I probably play a lot more zone than Meade has played in the past,” Glick said. “I’ve always been a zone coach, definitely play variations of zones. That’ll be a little bit different, whereas [Corriero] was more of a man-to-man guy. There will be a lot of zone pressure.”Besides buying into his system, the Mustangs will have to learn quick under Glick, whose philosophy is to “throw them to the wolves,” he said.To that end, Meade has scrimmaged against Baltimore City College and Zadok Magruder High School and will wrap up its preseason against Frederick Douglass (Prince George’s) before the season tips off with a road game against Oxon Hill on Dec. 6.Each of those programs has at least one state championship game appearance since the turn of the century and boasts seven championships between them during that same time frame.“A lot of this is going to show them what it takes, the hard knocks,” Glick said. “Can they get better? Can they get stronger? I really think they can, and if they do, I think you’ll see a lot of the younger players grow up very, very quickly. By the time we get to January and February, we could be playing some good ball.”

Thursday, June 28
Veteran coach Glick looks to maintain tradition of winning at Meade

Veteran coach Glick looks to maintain tradition of winning at Meade 

by Bob Hough July 28, 2018 

There’s plenty of reasons why veteran basketball coach Mike Glick would pursue a job like that of head coach of the Meade boys basketball team.The Mustangs have been one of the top teams in the county over the last decade and are just a few years removed from a state title and back-to-back appearances in the state final. Plus, competing in the Class 4A East Region might not be as daunting as the Class 2A South Region, which includes a lot of the Baltimore City schools. Six times in his 12 years at Gwynn Park in Prince George’s County, Glick’s teams fell in the playoffs to the eventual state champion.From a competitive standpoint, those were some solid reasons for Glick to pursue the job following the resignation of Pete Corriero.Just like anyone else looking for a new job, another factor came into play.“I had no expectations to leave Gwynn Park,” Glick said. “The main reason I left was the distance to the school.”Glick, who has 481 wins in his 25 years as a head coach, was hired as the Mustangs’ new coach on May 4.

He replaces Corriero, who stepped down in March following nine years where he led the team to one of its best stretches of success since the program began under legendary coach Butch Young in 1977.“We are very excited to announce the hire of Michael Glick as the new head coach of the Meade boys’ basketball program,” athletic director Kevin Rutledge said in a statement. “With 481 career wins in his 25 years as a head coach, Coach Glick has been instrumental in some of the strongest programs in the state. There’s no doubt that Coach Glick will continue the long standing traditions and standards set in place by Pete Corriero and Butch Young before him.”Living in Clarksville in Howard County, Glick’s commute to Gwynn Park was roughly an hour each way. He was a teacher at the school for 13 years and coached the basketball team the last 12. He’s moving to Gambrills over the summer, giving him a much shorter commute.“The drive was brutal. It just seemed like it got longer and longer each year,” Glick said. “I love Gwynn Park and it really saddens me to leave, but I’m very excited to be at Meade.”  

Glick has a 481-235 (.672) record in his 25 years at Gwynn Park, Archbishop Spalding and St. Vincent Pallotti. In addition to his 12 seasons at Gwynn Park, he coached at Archbishop Spalding for seven years and Pallotti for six. He won at least 122 games at each school and suffered just two losing seasons in his career. His teams won 20 or more games 11 times.“At Spalding, there were unbelievable expectations,” said Glick, who has coached three players who’ve gone on to play in the NBA, including Rudy Gay, who played at Spalding and the University of Connecticut prior to his NBA career. “When I was at Pallotti, the program was down and we got our heads banged in for a couple years, but we turned it around.”Glick began his career at Pallotti in 1993 and led the Panthers to the WCAC Division II championship in his second year. He moved on to Spalding in 1999 and led the Cavaliers to Baltimore Catholic League titles two of his first three years, while also winning a pair of Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference regular-season championships and a tournament title. He won another MIAA championship in 2004.He moved on to Gwynn Park in 2006 and led the Yellow Jackets to four region titles, which included an appearance in the state final in 2010. His most recent region title came in 2016, when the Yellow Jackets finished 16-1 in conference play and 24-3 overall. Glick’s best season at Gwynn Park was in 2007-2008 when the team finished 20-0 in the conference and 25-2 overall.

At Meade, he inherits a team which has just one returning player. After three straight losing seasons under Corriero, the Mustangs went 119-34 in his final six years and won no fewer than 17 games each year. Meade advanced to the Class 4A East Region Section I final last year and came within a few seconds of knocking off Old Mill, which went on to win the region.“I’m so proud of Pete’s accomplishments at Meade. He took the program to another level,” Glick said. “My goal is to maintain what he built. He did remarkable things at Meade. He laid the foundation. I’m really excited to be at Meade and I plan on staying for a long time.” 

Thursday, May 31
Former Gwynn Park Head Coach leaving for Meade

BRANDYWINE – After 12 seasons of coaching at Gwynn Park High School, Boys Basketball Head Coach Michael Glick will be leaving the program to stay close to home. Glick will be the new head coach at Meade Senior High School. 

“It is bittersweet I tell you, I hate to leave Gwynn Park, and I’m really sad to leave, but I have a fantastic opportunity to be the coach at Meade, and it’s 10 minutes away from my home,” Glick said. 

Glick currently has an hour commute to work at Gwynn Park, and the new opportunity at Meade is more convenient for him. 

For the last nine seasons, Pete Corriero was the head coach at Meade. He leaves behind the accomplishment of leading the program to their first state championship in 2015.

“Pete was my JV coach at Gwynn Park, and he is very young and accomplished so much at Meade since he has been in the program,” Glick said. 

Glick is entering his 26th season coaching, and he is making his fourth coaching change. He coached at St. Vincent Palloti from 1993-1999, Archbishop Spalding from 1999-2006 and spent 12 years coaching at Gwynn Park before accepting the offer at Meade.For the past 12 years, Glick led Gwynn Park to four regional championships, four league titles and one county championship. Glick is coming off a 12-12 record this past season losing to Lake Clifton High School by the score of 72-39 in the playoffs. 

“The community is what I will miss the most,” Glick said about leaving the Gwynn Park program. “I was also a social studies teacher, and I will always have love for Gwynn Park, but I’m geeked for the job at Meade, and this is opportunity.”Glick stated that this would most likely be the last coaching position that he will hold.Justin Faison who averaged 23 points last year for Gwynn Park said he expects great things from Glick at Meade.“He was a great coach, and he helped change me into the player I am now,” said Faison who now plays for Elizabeth City State University. With the confidence he instilled in me, I was able to be a complete point guard at the high school level.”He wishes the best of luck to Glick at Meade.

Another student-athlete who played alongside Faison in 2015 was Isaiah Miles. He was the second-leading scorer for Gwynn Park at 14 points per game that season.“He is a coach I always dreamed about playing for, he taught us team basketball as you saw for senior year with the run we had and even if times were down he always believed we could bounce back,” Miles said.“As a coach and playing for him, he always wanted what was best for you. The main thing that Coach Glick taught us was comradery. You are not just playing for yourself, it is a team game.”Miles said the new head coach has some shoes to fill, but Glick has left a lasting legacy at Gwynn Park.


Wednesday, March 1
Gwynn Park basketball player shining through senior season

DCW50 MVP: Justin Faison

School: Gwynn Park High School

Sport: Basketball

School District: Prince George's County

BRANDYWINE, Md. -- Justin Faison had a senior season to remember. He averaged 22 points and 5 assists per game.

His Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets team didn't do as well last year's team which made the Maryland State Finals Final Four but coaches said Faison deserves recognition for upping his game during his senior season while leading a young group of players through and up and down season.

Tuesday, February 7
Top Play 2016-17 Week 9

B.J. Koubaroulis counts down the Top Plays from Week 9


Here are the Top plays from the weekend:

No. 10:  Champe’s Dom Fragala continues to pour in the points, this time going for 49 against the Cougars including 20-20 from the free-throw line and 5 three-pointers as the Knights went on to win 83-67.

No. 9St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes forward Charles Thompson gets the pass and throws down a monster tomahawk slam over a defender that set the tone in 65-53 win over Episcopal!

No. 8: Wilson guard Ayinde Hikim lobs up a beautiful alley oop pass to teammate Ricardo Lindo, who slams it down for a big dunk in the third quarter of the Tigers’ 67-63 win over H.D. Woodson on Friday.

No. 7: Wise Darron Barnes drives to the rim and shows no regard for the Flowers’ defender, posterizing him with the jam in the 81-71 win for the Pumas!

No. 6: St. Andrew’s forward and Louisiana Tech Commit Anthony Duruji is at it again, this time getting a rebound and flushing it back home with authority! The Lions took down the Huskies 74-59.

No. 5With Marshall down 1 late in the 4th, junior Rachel McFaul finds Kylie Hardin who drills the game-winning jumper to beat Edison!

No. 4: With the game tied and less than a minute left, Bullis forward Raffy Baumgardner blocks a shot that ignites the fast break and Vado Morse finds Kyrie Walker for the alley-oop and the lead.  Then, after Landon briefly took the lead, Morse nails an open jumper that put Bullis in front for good as the Bulldogs beat the Bears 68-65.

No. 3With the Forest Park trailing by 3 late in the 4th, guard Austin Judy gets the inbound, turns around, and then nails a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime! Judy would go on to score all of Forest Park’s points in overtime to give the Bruins a 58-56 win over Woodbridge!

No. 2With Oakton trailing Chantilly by three and less than a second left in Overtime, Paul Campo shows off his quarterback skills by throwing a full-court pass to Charlie Smith.  Smith catches the pass and immediately shoots it, knocking down the desperation shot as the buzzer sounds to send the game into double-overtime! The Cougars went on to beat the Chargers 64-56.

No. 1With Gwynn Park down one, they work the ball up court against the full court press and get it to Justin Faison who gets double teamed and kicks it out to Jaden Stonework who then gets it back to Faison who takes the deep three and drains it at the buzzer, sending the crowd into a frenzy as the Yellow Jackets beat Central 59-57.

Tuesday, February 7
Gwynn Parks Fight Off Oxon Hill at Home (Video)
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Post Game with Justin Faison & Coach Glick

Sunday, December 4
The PrepZone Special with Gwynn Park’s Mike Glick and Justin Faison

The PrepZone Special with Gwynn Park’s Mike Glick and Justin Faison

Thursday, December 1
MPSSAA 2016-17 Preseason Media Poll

 2017 MPSSAA boys basketball media poll: Preseason

 1. Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. Pumas (6) — 260 points (2015-2016 record: 15-4)

After getting upset by Bowie in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs last year, Wise returns a lethal scoring trio of Michael Speight (18.5 points per game, seven Division I offers), Darron Barnes (15.6 points per game, 9.7 rebounds per game) and Brent Pregram (7.6 points per game, 5.6 assists per game); plating the Pumas as early favorites.

2. Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders (3) — 242 points (24-3)

Fresh off a dominant Class 4A title season in which they only lost to one public school team — Bowie by three (other two losses came to private powers DeMatha and Bishop McNamara) — Eleanor Roosevelt retains three of their top eight leading scorers, led by Jaden Faulkner (7.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists). Though the loss of Xavier-bound Naji Marshall (17 points, nine rebounds) and Trent Bishop (10 points, eight rebounds) will take a toll in the program, the Raiders should be deep enough to be a title contender out of Class 4A once again.

3. Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Engineers — 212 points (19-4)

Last season ended prematurely for Baltimore Poly, getting bounced in the second round of the playoffs to Woodlawn after being heavy favorites in the Class 3A North. The Engineers deploy one of the most potent rosters in all of Maryland, gunned by a pair of nationally scouted recruits — 6-foot-6 wing and Temple commit De’Vondre Perry and 6-foot-2 guard Demetrius Mims, who has offers from St. John’s and VCU while drawing interest from Kansas.

4. Perry Hall Gators (2) — 204 points (21-4)

One year removed from an abysmal 8-15 season, the Gators found success with a youthful roster, going all the way to the state semifinals. The eventual Class 4A state champs, Eleanor Roosevelt, ousted the Gators breakthrough run, but there’s no need to look back in regret, because they’re the only team to return five of their top six players:

Laquill Hardnett (14 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.2 steals, 2.1 blocks, 58 percent from the floor), James Rider (14 points, 4.9 rebounds, 39 percent from behind the arc), Anthony Higgs (10.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 53 percent from the floor), Darrell Green (8.0 points, 5.1 rebounds) and Aaron Butler (6.7 points, 3.8 assists, 39 percent from behind the arc).

5. Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles — 197 points (21-5)

Seneca Valley roared to the final-four last year on a 12-game winning-streak, and were mere seconds away from advancing to the Class 3A state final. The Screamin’ Eagles graduated their top-two big-men — Quentin Twyman (6-foot-5) and Terry Milburne (6-foot-6) — but regain four of their top-six impact players — 6-foot-4 hybrid guard/forward Brandon Simpson (13.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists), 6-foot-1 guard Kareem Matthew (10.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists), Triston Price (9.0 points, 3.2 assists, 36 percent from behind the arc) and Tyran Crawford (5.5 points, 56 percent from the floor). They also add 6-foot-1 guard Trey Lucas, a transfer from Urbana who averaged 15 points per game a year ago.

6. Stephen Decatur Seahawks — 182 points (25-3)

A last second turnover doomed Stephen Decatur’s title hopes in overtime of the Class 3A state championship game. Though the Seahawks graduated backcourt roadrunner Torrey Brittingham (16.6 points, 8.0 assists, 2.4 steals), three starters return from the runner-up season a year ago — 6-foot-8 forward and Wofford commit Keve Aluma (13 points, 13 rebounds), Ja’Quan Johnson (10.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists) and Kevon Voyles (10 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists). They’ll be heavy favorites out of the 3A East once again.

7. Bladensburg Mustangs — 179 points (16-7)

The seven losses Bladensburg had last year are deceiving. Stick them in any other region, and they’re destined to be unblemished. Two came from private stalwarts Bullis and Riverdale Baptist, while the other five were from Eleanor Roosevelt, who the Mustangs took to overtime in the Class 4A South championship, and Wise. With a slew of returning impact players, including double-double machine, 6-foot-6 small forward Daniel Oladapo (14.0 points, 10.0 rebounds) and Amin Sanya (11.0 points), Bladensburg is primed to have a breakout season.

8. Lake Clifton Lakers — 158 points (17-11)

The Class 1A runner-ups from Baltimore bump to Class 2A this year and slide into the North region with Dunbar and New Town. After reeling 17 wins with eight underclassmen — six being sophomores — Lake Clifton head coach and USA basketball assistant Herman Harried deploys another state championship contending roster yet again in 2016. Andre Rafus, a 6-foot-10 power forward transfer from New Jersey who has over 20 Division I offers, Rasheed Brown (13 points, 2.0 steals) and 6-foot-6 center Ronald Lucas (8.0 points, 10 rebounds) will lead the charge.

9. Frederick Douglass Eagles — 153 points (20-2)

Douglass couldn’t survive one of the toughest regions in Maryland a year ago, losing to county rival Gwynn Park by three points in the sweet-16. After a two loss season — both to Gwynn Park by a combined total of 10 points — the Eagles return one of the top point guard recruits in the DMV in Donald Carey (6-foot-4), who has an offer from George Mason.

10. Westlake Wolverines — 144 points (19-5)

Westlake backed up their Class 3A state final appearance with a 19-win season and region championship appearance in their first year in Class 2A. The Wolverines will return their top-three scorers — Everett Mouton (13.7 points, 3.8 rebounds), Aubrey Wallace (13.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.0 steals) and Jeff Simmons (13.0 points, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals) — as well as Amir Lawrence (11.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals) and Jonathan Barnes (4.0 points, 4.3 rebounds), boasting a roster that has championship potential.

11. Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets — 137 points (24-3)

Despite graduating Isaiah Miles (14.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 65 percent from the floor), Marlon White (11.5 points), Aaron Parker (11.0 points, 6.0 rebounds) and Kollin Mitchell (10.2 points, 5.2 rebounds), Gwynn Park returns leading scorer Justin Faison, a 5-foot-9 lead guard who averaged 15.5 points and four assists per game in the Yellow Jackets’ final-four run last year. They also return Xavier Mack, a 40 percent three-point shooter.

12. Quince Orchard Cougars — 135 points (19-3)

Quince Orchard rolled into the playoffs last year as hot as anyone in Maryland. Then, Clarksburg unraveled it all with a 52-50 upset in overtime in the Class 4A West regional quarterfinals. The Cougars should return to their winning ways, as they only graduated two seniors and return one of the best tandems in Montgomery County with sharpshooting guard Matt Kelly and savvy 6-foot-3 forward Johnny Fierstein.

13. Tuscarora Titans — 115 points (19-5)

A small slip in the Class 3A West title game wiped away Tuscarora’s chance at a state tournament appearance, as they nursed a one-point lead with under one minute remaining before the detrimental turnover. The Titans graduated a memorable senior class, but have reloaded for 2016-2017. Four-year varsity player Jaylen Washington (12.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.0 steals), a Frederick News-Post First-Team selection and 6-foot-6 forward Kyle Lepkowski return. Tuscarora also received three standout transfers — point guard Marcus Waddy and Obadiah Noal from St. John’s Catholic Prep and Alex Morrow from Thomas Johnson — making the Titans a force in Class 3A yet again.

14. Bowie Bulldogs — 94 points (14-9)

Like Bladensburg, Bowie fell victim to a brutal schedule. They’ve shown they’re capable of beating the state’s best — picking up two wins against Eleanor Roosevelt and Wise last year — but consistency will be the key to the Bulldogs success in 2016-2017. They return Towson commit, Quinton Drayton (12.5 points), and slasher Jalen Robinson (5.3 points).

15. New Town Titans — 87 points (24-2)

New Town, the reigning Class 2A state champions, graduated their top three players in Matthew Johnson (16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 4.0 steals), Devin Smith (15.0 points, 4.0 assists) and 6-foot-4 center Quincy Roche (6.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks), but return 6-foot-3 guard Rashad Faust — younger brother of Nick Faust, a former Maryland starter.

16. Randallstown Rams — 80 points (13-11)

Randallstown returns four of their five leading scorers from their sweet-16 appearance in the Class 2A North a year ago.

17. Linganore Lancers — 79 points (22-2)

The Lancers’ core-four program players, consisted of all-time leading scorer Thomas Lang, Jack Staub, Carter Schmidt and Keegan Lane — a group that led Linganore to a final-four appearance in 2015 and a 41-10 record the past two seasons — are long gone. Thomas’s little brother, Nicholas Lang (5.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 38 percent from behind the arc as a sophomore), 6-foot-3 forward Harry Rasmussen (58 percent from the floor) and point guard Austin Lohneis (38 percent from behind the arc) will need to shoulder the load if Linganore wants to remain a contender in Class 3A again.

18. Dunbar Poets — 77 points (16-8)

Traditional Baltimore power Dunbar aims to build off a Class 2A North region championship appearance from a year ago.

19. Frederick Douglass Mighty Ducks — 74 points (21-2)

After a sweet-16 appearance a year ago in a 21-win season, the Mighty Ducks from Baltimore return their top-two leading scorers, Malik Hollaway (15.0 points) and Shandon Adams (13.0 points).

20. Oakland Mills Scorpions — 62 points (22-2)

The 2015 Class 2A state champs were stunned by Middletown in the 2A West region championship last year. After losing their top-six scorers, the Scorpions will need to find new faces to fill the voids.

21. Largo Lions — 56 points (16-7)

Largo returns 6-foot-4 wing Ardie Dorsey (5.3 points), looking to improve on a 16-win season and survive the ultra competitive 2A South.

22. Walt Whitman Vikings — 55 points (17-10)

After an unlikely run to the final-four last year, Walt Whitman, under the control of 2006 state champion head coach Chris Lun, returns a trio of starters — 6-foot-8 center Max Oppenheim (10.0 points, 7.1 rebounds), 6-foot-7 wing Hannes Kogelnik (7.1 points, 39 percent from behind the arc) and 6-foot point guard Jack McClelland (7.0 points, 2.9 steals).

23. North Point Eagles — 51 points (17-7)

North Point earned a No. 1 seed in the Class 4A East last year, then it all crashed down in the 49-48 upset loss to Broadneck in the second round. The Eagles return three of their five leading scorers — Jalen Gibbs (15.3 points), Tyler Williams (10.0 points) and Malik Lawrence (6.3 points) — in attempt to dismantle Meade’s recent dominance in the 4A East.

24. Dulaney Lions — 50 points (14-8)

The Lions’ season came to a halt in the sweet-16, losing to Class 4A North regional champ Perry Hall, 71-61. They’ll have one of the top prospects in all of the DMV — 6-foot-6 freshman shooting guard Che Evans, who already has offers Georgia Tech, St. John’s and UNLV before stepping foot on a high school basketball court.

25. Woodlawn Warriors — 47 points (19-6)

The Warriors will look to build on an improbable run to the Class 3A North region title game from a year ago.


Thursday, December 1
Prince George’s County 2016-17 boys’ basketball preview

Top teams: Douglass (20-2), Potomac (Md.) (11-11), Central (14-7), Gwynn Park (24-3), Largo (16-7)

Top players

G Donald Carey, Douglass, 6-3, Sr.

G Trent Dixon, Central, 6-0, Sr.

G Justin Faison, Gwynn Park, 5-9, Sr.

Skinny: Douglass lost to just one team (Gwynn Park) during last year’s 20-2 campaign, and despite the graduation of leading scorer Cameron Hayes, the Eagles are ready to make another run at a region title. Though they have just two starters back, point guard Donald Carey and forward Zion Cousins (Howard) are both Division I recruits and should form a devastating inside-outside combination. Forward Demarius Pitts and guard Ross Allen were also key members of last year’s team and will take on bigger roles to offset the personnel losses. Douglass enters this year on a 24-game home winning streak, which means another prolific regular season could spell trouble for opponents in the postseason. The Eagles have just one region title since 1986. Is this the year they get over the hump again? . . .

After a couple subpar seasons using inexperienced players, Potomac (Md.) is poised to be back in the state title hunt with the addition of 6-7 DeMatha transfer Christian Dyches inside and former Friendly star Travis Henson on the perimeter. The Wolverines also return all five starters from last year’s team, led by leading scorer Gary Robertson. . . .

Gwynn Park used a veteran lineup during its run to the 2A state semifinals a season ago, but the Yellow Jackets will need a cast of new faces to jell quickly if they hope to approach last year’s 24-3 record. Guard Justin Faison is the only returning starter after emerging as a dynamic scorer and distributor on the perimeter during his first season at Gwynn Park. He’ll need to develop chemistry with newcomers such as junior Shawn Slade and football recruit Isaiah Coulter. . . .

Central had a resurgent season a year ago and should be poised to challenge for a 2A South region title with the return of leading scorer Trent Dixon (17 points per game) and senior guards Timothy Jones (12 points, four assists, three steals) and Javani Brown (14 points, five rebounds). The addition of transfers Amari Shivers (Friendly) and the return of Deonte Cooke after a one-year stint at Bladensburg should also be a boon to a roster that already is expected to be a contender again this winter. . . .

Fairmont Heights will be the biggest beneficiary from the closing of Forestville High School this year. The Hornets have four former Forestville players on their roster, including leading scorer Darren Lucas-White. Considering Fairmont Heights also returns intriguing junior Kimani Benjamin, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder a year ago, it could be due for a big jump in Coach Chuck Henry’s second season at the helm. . . .

Oxon Hill relied heavily last year on graduated star Shawn Moss, but the Clippers should remain competitive with the return of point guard Evan Smith and senior forward Deandre Cuyler. . . . Friendly welcomes new Coach Marc Vincent, a familiar face in the area who previously served as the head coach at Bishop Ireton and as an assistant with Montrose Christian

Friday, April 1
Gwynn Park's Glick to host summer basketball camp
Gwynn Park's Glick to host summer basketball camp
  • 30 Mar 2016 
  • Written by  Sean Farrell               

BRANDYWINE - The basketball hotbed that is Prince George’s County requires local players to stay on top of their game year-round in hopes of gaining an edge and improving as a player.

Gwynn Park Boys’ Basketball Head Coach Mike Glick has been building a tremendous resume in Prince George’s County while at the helm of the Yellow Jackets and is holding a camp to help improve those willing to learn.

Boys ages six to 17-years-old can participate in five one-week sessions running from June 20 through July 25 at Gwynn Park High School. The cost of the camp is $190 per week.

Accumulating over 430 career wins, Glick has built a yearly contender in his nine years at Gwynn Park. The former Washington Post Coach of the Year, as well as a two-time County Coach of the Year, Glick has taken the Yellow Jackets to multiple MPSSAA Final Fours, regional championships, and county championships. Glick is also responsible for sending 75 players to the NCAAs, with 44 playing at the Division 1 level.

Glick’s summer camp has seen many of the area’s best players return to help the next group of young stars in Prince George’s County with lectures, advice and wisdom. Players who have come to visit Glick’s camp include Rudy Gay, Delonte West, Donte Green, Juan Dixon, Steve Blake, Mo Howard, James Gist, Lonnie Baxter and Taj Holden.

Interested parties can contact Glick at (301)-570-5730 or visit for more camp details.


Saturday, April 9
2015-16 Washington Post Winter All-Met

2015-16 Winter All-Met


G Anthony Cowan Jr.

St. John's / Sr.

Senior playmaker commanded the floor with his soft touch from the outside, quick first step and strong court vision. Averaged a team-best 20.6 points to spark the Cadets to their first Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title since 2000. Lauded by scouts and coaches across the country for his rapid development, the two-time All-Met and all-conference player got to the foul line often, knocked down 81 threes and put together a 40-point performance for the second straight season. Will play at Maryland.

Cowan leads Cadets to WCAC crown

G Markelle Fultz

DeMatha / Sr.

McDonald's all-American and Washington recruit led Stags in points (17.6) and assists during repeat run to Maryland Private Schools and Alhambra titles.

Stags show Fultz the love in title game

G Chris Lykes

Gonzaga / Jr.

Electrifying guard showcased fearless play and a feathery stroke to average 22 points for the Eagles and earn WCAC player of the year honors.

Lykes leads the way for Eagles

G Alani Moore

Friendship Collegiate / Sr.

Two-time All-Met and Temple recruit averaged 20 points and 10 assists. Earned PCSAA player of the year honors starring for his third team in four years.

Friendship sweeps charter league titles

G/F VJ King

Paul VI / Sr.

Defenses struggled to slow this versatile McDonald's all-American and two-time All-Met who averaged 22.5 points for the Panthers. Signed to play at Louisville.

Once compared to LeBron, King is flourishing

G/F Naji Marshall

Eleanor Roosevelt / Sr.

Two-way threat who averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists while leading the Raiders to their second Maryland 4A state title in four years.

Raiders crush Meade to claim 4A title

G/F Christian Matthews

National Christian / Sr.

Repeat All-Met averaged more than 21 points en route to a Capital Beltway title and league player of the year honors. Committed to Georgia Tech.

Eagles run away with Capital Beltway title

F James Butler

Lake Braddock / Sr.

Navy signee punctuated his steady development by leading the area in scoring with 27.5 points per game and earning Virginia 6A North region player of the year.

Bruins' Butler is feasting on foes

F Tyler Scanlon

Westfield / Sr.

Virginia 6A player of the year nearly averaged a triple double (23.4 points, 11.2 rebounds and 8.7 assists) as the Bulldogs won their first state championship.

Westfield nets rare state title two-step

F Antwan Walker

H.D. Woodson / Sr.

The two-time DCIAA player of the year emerged as a high-major college recruit with timely shooting and menacing blocks during the Warriors’ perfect season.

Walker has Woodson on the cusp of history

Coach of the Year Trey Mines

H.D. Woodson

The Warriors were the first District public school to go undefeated since 1985 and earned a national ranking after capturing the school’s first DCSAA title this season. The 28-year-old has guided Woodson to an 80-11 record and two DCIAA championships over the past three years, effectively transforming a traditional city football power into the talk of the town on the hardwood this winter.


Front row, from left: Player of the Year Anthony Cowan Jr., St. John's; Tyler Scanlon, Westfield; Naji Marshall, Eleanor Roosevelt; Markelle Fultz, DeMatha; Chris Lykes, Gonzaga. Back row, from left: V.J. King, Paul VI; James Butler, Lake Braddock; H.D. Woodson Coach Trey Mines; Antwan Walker, H.D. Woodson; Christian Matthews, National Christian. (John McDonnell / The Washington Post) (Not pictured: Alani Moore, Friendship Collegiate)

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  • NAME
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  • F Justin Williams
  • Annapolis Area Christian
  • Sr.

Thursday, March 17
Isaiah Miles 2016 Maryland Gatorade Player of Year



Gwynn Park HS

Brandywine, MD

HT:6-foot-3WT:195 pounds

highlighted stats

  • 14.3Points per game
  • 8.2Rebounds per game


“I feel strongly that Isaiah Miles possesses the intelligence, diligence and aptitude to succeed in basketball at the college level and in life. He is a mature and intelligent young man who always puts forth his best effort.”

Michael Glick, Head coach at Gwynn Park High

athletic excellence

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior forward averaged 14.3 and 8.2 per game while shooting 65 percent from inside the arc this past season, leading the Yellowjackets (24-3) to the Class 2A semifinals. A 2016 First Team All-League selection, Miles recorded a double-double with 12 rebounds and 10 points in the Class 2A South Region finals against New Town.

academic achievement

Miles has maintained a B average in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade award’s broad criteria.

exemplary character

He has volunteered locally as a peer mentor and as a youth basketball coach.



What is your team motto?

The Gwynn Park High School boy's basketball team motto is "The Next Man Up"

What one piece of advice do you have for freshman about being a successful high school student athlete?

I would advise freshman not to mess up academically and don't get yourself into trouble. You don't get the time back and it matters.

What is your favorite highlight from this year?

In prior years, our team suffered humiliating losses to Douglass High School, our arch rivals. My favorite highlight from this year was upsetting Douglass twice this year. I had 18 points , 10 rebounds, and 8 assists in the first game. I had 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 assist in the second game. The second game determined which team would go to the regional championship. Gwynn Park ended up winning the 2A Regional Championship.

What training habit has the most impact on your performance?

Lifting weights to become stronger has impacted my performance as a basketball player.

What have you learned from your coach that you will never forget?

As the team captain, my coach taught me the value of having great relationships with my teammates and it showed in our performance this season.

Thursday, March 17
2015-16 Gatorade State Boys Basketball POY: Isaiah Miles

2015-16 Gatorade State Boys Basketball Players of the Year

The Gatorade State Boys Basketball Players of the Year have been crowned. The winners were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Click each player’s name to view his credentials.

 Alabama: John Petty, Johnson (Huntsville)
Alaska: Kamaka Hepa, Barrow
Arizona: Mitch Lightfoot, Gilbert Christian (Gilbert)
Arkansas: Malik Monk, Bentonville
California: Lonzo Ball, Chino Hills
Colorado: Colbey Ross, Eaglecrest (Centennial)
Connecticut: Matthew Moyer, South Kent School (South Kent)
Delaware: Jordan Allen, Dover
D.C.: Chris Lykes, Gonzaga College (Washington)
Florida: Tony Bradley, Bartow
Georgia: Alterique Gilbert, Miller Grove (Lithonia)
Hawaii: Hugh Hogland, ‘Iolani School (Honolulu)
Idaho: Connor Harding, Highland (Pocatello)
Illinois: Charlie Moore, Morgan Park (Chicago)
Indiana: Kyle Guy, Lawrence Central (Indianapolis)
Iowa: Jordan Bohannon, Linn-Mar (Marion)
Kansas: Jerrick Harding, Wichita Southeast (Wichita)
Kentucky: Quentin Goodin, Taylor County (Campbellsville)
Louisiana: Ja’Vonte Smart, Scotlandville Magnet (Baton Rouge)
Maine: Andrew Fleming, Oxford Hills (South Paris)
Maryland: Isaiah Miles, Gwynn Park (Brandywine)
Massachusetts: Eric Sellew, Concord-Carlisle (Concord)
Michigan: Cassius Winston, University of Detroit Jesuit (Detroit)
Minnesota: Gary Trent Jr., Apple Valley 
Mississippi: Tyson Carter, Starkville
Missouri: Jayson Tatum, Chaminade College Prep (St. Louis)
Montana: Brendan Howard, Great Falls
Nebraska: Aguek Arop, Omaha South (Omaha)
Nevada: Zach Collins, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
New Hampshire: Keith Brown, Pelham
New Jersey: Tyus Battle, St. Joseph (Metuchen)
New Mexico: Clay Patterson, Rio Rancho
New York: Kevin Huerter, Shenendehowa (Clifton Park)
North Carolina: Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, High Point Christian Academy (High Point)
North Dakota: Aanen Moody, Dickinson

Ohio: Xavier Simpson, Lima Senior (Lima)
Oklahoma: Trae Young, Norman North (Norman)
Oregon: Payton Pritchard, West Linn
Pennsylvania: Lonnie Walker, Reading
Rhode Island: Justin Mazzulla, Bishop Hendricken (Warwick)
South Carolina: Joseph Battle, Abbeville
South Dakota: Ty Hoglund, Dell Rapids
Tennessee: Alex Lomax, Memphis East (Memphis)
Texas: De’Aaron Fox, Cypress Lakes (Katy, Texas)
Utah: Frank Jackson, Lone Peak (Highland)
Vermont: Ben Shungu, Rice Memorial (South Burlington)
Virginia: V.J. King, Paul VI (Fairfax)
Washington: Isiah Brown, Lakeside School (Seattle)
West Virginia: Chase Harler, Wheeling Central Catholic (Wheeling)
Wisconsin: Sam Hauser, Stevens Point Area Senior (Stevens Point)
Wyoming: Hoyt Nicholas, Worland

Tuesday, March 15
Wash Past Final Rankings: Gwynn Park Finishes # 9

Final 2015-16 boys’ basketball rankings: Unbeaten H.D. Woodson is No. 1

Kavon Montgomery returns to help H.D. Woodson cap off undefeated season with DCSAA boys’ basketball championship

The DCIAA and DCSAA champs turned down an invitation to the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals in Brooklyn after becoming the first city public school to go undefeated since 1985.

2. National Christian (30-2) LW: 3

The Eagles capped off a banner season by beating Middleburg Academy for their first Capital Beltway League championship last Wednesday.

3. DeMatha (32-5) LW: 4

The Stags capped another 30-win season by repeating as the Maryland Private Schools and Alhambra Catholic Invitational tournament champions.

4. St. John’s (30-5) LW: 2

After falling to John Carroll at the buzzer in the Alhambra semifinals, the WCAC champion Cadets defeated Paul VI to take third place in the tournament.

5. Eleanor Roosevelt (24-3) LW: 5

The Prince George’s County champions won their second Maryland 4A state title in four years by throttling then-No. 11 Meade, 72-39, at Xfinity Center Saturday night.00:00Eleanor Roosevelt dominates 4A state title

6. Potomac (Va.) (27-2) LW: 6

Despite graduating all five starters from last year’s state semifinalist, Potomac capped a banner season by beating L.C. Bird, 67-61, to claim its second Virginia 5A state title in three years.

7. Westfield (26-3) LW: 7

Riding the inspired play of seniors Blake Francis, Hank Johnson and Tyler Scanlon, the Bulldogs rolled past Oscar Smith for a 74-56 win to capture their first Virginia 6A state title.

8. Episcopal (25-4) LW: 9

The Maroon could not be stopped this postseason, winning both a second straight IAC title and the VISAA Division I crown.

9. Gwynn Park (24-3) LW: 8

The Yellow Jackets nearly erased a 14-point deficit over the final three minutes before falling 65-58 to eventual state champ New Town in the Maryland 2A semifinals.

10. Wakefield (25-2) LW: 10

After earning their third state tournament berth in four years, the Warriors fell just short to L.C. Bird, 54-51, in the Virginia 5A state semifinals.

11. Douglass (20-2) LW: 13

Both of the Eagles’ losses this year came to the same team (Gwynn Park) and senior Cameron Hayes finished in double figures in scoring in all but one game.

12. Battlefield (22-7) LW: 12

A breakthrough postseason that featured Battlefield’s first region title ended in a 72-62 loss to Oscar Smith in the Virginia 6A state semifinals in Richmond.

13. Meade (23-4) LW: 11

The Mustangs’ hopes of repeating as Maryland 4A champions fell short over the weekend with a 72-39 loss to Eleanor Roosevelt in the title game.

15. Hylton (22-4) LW: 16

The Bulldogs defended their Virginia Conference 4 title and got back to the 6A state tournament, where they fell to Westfield, 67-49, in the quarterfinals.

16. Champe (22-5) LW: 19

After putting together their best season ever, the Knights were the last Loudoun County team standing before a 76-69 loss to Lake Taylor in the Virginia 4A semifinals.

17. George Mason (29-1) LW: 17

The valiant Mustangs’ undefeated run came to a heartbreaking end in a 66-63 overtime loss to Greensville County in the Virginia 2A state semifinals.

18. Oakland Mills (22-3) LW: NR

The Scorpions weren’t able to repeat as Maryland 2A champions as their season ended in the West regional final against Middletown.

19. Gonzaga (24-10) LW: 15

The Eagles, led by WCAC Player of the Year Chris Lykes, took fifth place at the Alhambra Catholic Invitational after falling at the buzzer to Mount St. Joseph, 63-62.

20. Friendship Collegiate (17-10) LW: 20

The Knights upset No. 4 St. John’s two weeks ago and lost just once against local competition — to No. 1 H.D. Woodson in the DCSAA championship – with their full nucleus of players this season.

Dropped out: No. 18 Seneca Valley (21-5)

On the bubble: Theodore Roosevelt (27-5), Quince Orchard (20-3), Wise (16-4), Seneca Valley

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Sunday, March 13
Maryland 2A boys’ basketball semifinals: No. 8 Gwynn Park rallies but falls to New Town

Maryland 2A boys’ basketball semifinals: No. 8 Gwynn Park rallies but falls to New Town

March 11

The fourth-quarter clock at University of Maryland’s Xfinity Center ticked below three minutes Friday, and nobody would have blamed the Gwynn Park boys’ basketball team if it went quietly into the College Park night. But these Yellow Jackets had a resolve few could match this winter, and it once again emerged at the end of the Maryland 2A state semifinals.

No. 8 Gwynn Park fell short of its first trip to the state final since 2010 in a 65-58 loss to New Town, but not before it showed the Baltimore Sun’s top-ranked team exactly how it got to this point.

Trailing by 14 points with less than three minutes to go, the Yellow Jackets nearly pulled off a shocking comeback with a full-court press that forced a succession of steals, ignited a 15-2 surge and put them in position to send the game into overtime.

Once two New Town foul shots left Gwynn Park down just 61-58, junior Justin Faison (15 points) let loose a three-pointer from the top of the key with 23 seconds left. The fans from Brandywine gasped, perhaps expecting it to go in considering the Yellow Jackets were just nine days removed from overcoming an 18-point deficit in the 2A South region semifinals against Douglass.

The ball sailed wide left, and New Town soon iced the game at the free throw line. But everybody involved couldn’t help but be impressed with the exciting finish Gwynn Park created.

“That comeback defines our team, defines our year,” Coach Mike Glick said.

The Yellow Jackets (24-3) were ultimately done in by poor free throw shooting and an inability to solve the 2-3 zone New Town (23-2) employed.

“Their length was the majority of the problem,” forward Isaiah Miles noted.

And yet Gwynn Park stayed close in the first half despite a poor shooting performance. It then briefly took the lead in the third quarter by creating turnovers and getting out on the fast break

But the Titans responded with a powerful 14-0 run that didn’t end until early in the fourth quarter. It provided the defending 2A state champions with just enough cushion late.

Senior Aaron Parker led Gwynn Park with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Miles also had a double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds), but “we just couldn’t get over the hump,” Faison said.

That, however, did little to dissuade Glick’s pride in what took place during the frantic final few minutes.

“One of the most resilient bunches I’ve coached in 23 years,” he said. “I’ve never been prouder of a team than I am of this team. Went out like champions. Just came up a possession or two short.”

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.

Sunday, March 13
No. 1 New Town boys return to state finals by holding off Gwynn Park

No. 1 New Town boys return to state finals by holding off Gwynn Park

New Town beats Gwynn Park for return to boys basketball state finals
Glenn GrahamContact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
One year after winning the Class 1A crown, New Town is a win away from claiming the 2A title.

New Town senior guard Devin Smith was right where he wanted to be in Friday's suddenly close Class 2A state semifinal game against Gwynn Park: the free-throw line.

The circumstance was dire. The Yellow Jackets had pressed and hit baskets and in a frenzied stretch of 41 seconds, turned the No. 1 Titans' comfortable 10-point cushion into one measly point with 40 seconds left.

Smith sank the two free throws — restoring much-needed calm — and he sank two more free throws later, while the defense held the rest of the way for the Titans to come away with a 65-58 win over Gwynn Park at Maryland's Xfinity Center.

New Town, which claimed the Class 1A state title last season, will seek the program's third championship Saturday, taking on the Middletown-Queen Anne's winner. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

Smith was one of three Titans to score 14 points — Chris Fitzgerald and Deonte Hicks were the others — and no points were more important than the two he showed perfect aim on to send the Titans on their way.

"Toward the end of the game, they started trapping a lot, so we really needed someone to knock down free throws and that's my job as a point guard and I knocked them down," he said. "Yeah, I was confident."

A second-half team all season, the Titans showed the same form with a 14-0 run at the end of the third quarter that turned a tight game into a 47-35 advantage with 6:43 to play. They stayed in control for much of the quarter until the Yellow Jackets made an abrupt push.

The New Town lead was 10 when Marlon White hit a 3-pointer to cut it to 59-52 with 1:23 left. Then came New Town turnovers. The Yellow Jackets hit two free throws. And then a follow basket from Isaiah Miles. When Kollin Mitchell came away with another steal and finished with a layup, the Yellow Jackets had all the momentum with the Titans' lead trimmed to 59-58 with 43 seconds left.

"It's been happening all year — we just find a way," New Town coach Mike Daniel said.

He later added: "We never say die, we never say we're done and we play until the last second of every game. It's just like being in the gym [during practice]. It's a war when we go after each other. So when we come out, we have the attitude of knowing what we have to do to be successful."

The Titans have often started slow on offense in games this season, relying on their strong team defense and increased urgency in the second half to capture wins.

But that wasn't the case Friday, thanks in large part to the 3-point shooting of Hicks in the first quarter. He hit three straight 3s and added two free throws in a two-minute stretch that gave the Titans a 13-6 lead with 3:33 left in the first quarter. The Yellow Jackets got nine points from Aaron Parker in the first half, and would take a 19-18 lead midway through the second quarter before the Titans got five late points from Smith to take a 27-24 lead at the half.

Senior forward Quincy Roche also reached double figures for the Titans with 12 points, while Gwynn Park got 15 each from Parker and Justin Faison.

Boys Basketball

State semifinals

(at Maryland's Xfinity Center)

Class 2A

1 New Town 65, Gwynn Park 58

GP – Faison 15, Miles 10, White 9, Parker 15, Mitchell 9. Totals: 18 18-30 58.

NT – Johnson 8, Smith 14, Roche 12, Faust 3, Fitzgerald 14, Hicks 14. Totals: 20 20-28 65.

Half: NT, 27-24

Sunday, March 13
New Town guts out resilient win over Gwynn Park in 2A semifinals
New Town guts out resilient win over Gwynn Park in 2A semifinals March 12, 2016 ?Kyle McFadden ?HS Basketball ?0 COLLEGE PARK — Competitive nature. It’s the engine behind every successful team, no matter how big or small, college bound or a high school one-and-done. Mike Daniel knows such fieriness wakes himself up, and his New Town Titans out of bed each and every morning preparing for battle on the hardwood war-zone, whether in practice or a live game. “It’s just like being in the gym,” Daniel, the head coach, said. “Gym is war when we go at each other, it’s war.” Mental toughness and a hard-nosed demeanor has carried the Titans through many down-to-wire games, boasting an almost squeaky clean record in single-digit contests. The Class 2A semifinal on Friday night, in what was billed the game of the tournament, was just another war New Town has experienced countless of times this year. They gutted out a 65-58 victory over Gwynn Park with a resilient mindset to launch them into the state championship game against Middletown on Saturday. Their single digit ball game record improves to an impressive 11-1. “They never say die,” Daniel said. “They never say, ‘We’re done’. We play until the very last second of every game.” With under three minutes to go, New Town commanded a 14 point lead and appeared to coast into their second straight finals appearance. A little over two minutes later, and with 40.6 seconds remaining, Gwynn Park was on the verge of pulling off the improbable — wiping a 14 point deficit to just one off a Marlon White 3-pointer, two Aaron Parker free throws and layups from Isaiah Miles and Kollin Mitchell. New Town then took a deep breathe and remembered, this wasn’t their first rodeo. “We all have been here before,” senior center, Chris Fitzgerald said, who finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. “We stay together and we know what we have to do.” Free throws from Devin Smith (14 points, six rebounds and five assists), Deonte Hicks (14 points) and Fitzgerald preserved the Titans chances at repeating for a state crown. “Anytime my guys step to the line, I feel comfortable,” Daniel said. “They’ve been doing it all year.” Eight lead chances occurred in the first half. New Town trailed only once in the final 16 minutes. Gwynn Park, who is known for their blistering speed, but not for towering height, were overwhelmed the majority of the contest by New Town’s abundancey of length around the rim. “I definitely think our size had a huge factor,” the 6-foot-7 Fitzgerald said. Up next for New Town is a game they are heavily favored to win, the 2A state championship against Frederick County’s Middletown. “As a coach, (winning a state championship) is one of the greatest feelings you’ll ever have,” Daniel said. “We’ll be ready for Saturday.”

Sunday, March 13
New Town Holds on to beat Gwynn Park in 2016 MD 2A semifinal | Capitol Hoops Basketball
New Town Holds on to beat Gwynn Park in 2016 MD 2A semifinal Capitol Hoops Basketball Gwynn Park Press Conference after losing to New Town in the 2016 MD 2A semi-finals ? CH Play of the Day – Gwynn Park’s Aaron Parker & New Town’s Quincy Roche meet above the rim Gwynn Park Press Conference after losing to New Town in the 2016 MD 2A semi-finals ? New Town Holds on to beat Gwynn Park in 2016 MD 2A semifinal March 12, 2016 9:05 am Despite a comeback for the ages that saw Gwynn Park come back from a 14 point deficit to cut the lead to one (in a game with no shot clock) Gwynn Park was unable to get over the hump, and ended up on the wrong end of a 65-58 final to New Town.

Sunday, March 13
2016 Maryland 2A State Semifinals -
2016 Maryland 2A State Semifinals 2016 Maryland 2A State Semifinals - Video of 2016 Maryland 2A State Semifinals - Highlights from the 2016 Maryland 2A state semifinals, which saw New Town defeat Gwynn Park and Middletown down Queen Anne's. Includes interviews from New Town vs. Gwynn Park.

Thursday, March 10
Previewing the Maryland boys' 3A, 2A, and 1A state tournaments Wash Post

March 10, 2016 12:40 AM EST - Marc Stern and The Washington Post's Mark Giannotto take a look at the upcoming state tournaments. (Video by Dalton Okolo for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC.)


Class 2A

No. 1 NEW TOWN (21-2) vs. GWYNN PARK (24-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: After capturing the program's second state title last year in Class 1A, New Town made the jump to 2A this season. So far, so good. The Titans claimed the Baltimore County championship and followed with the North Region crown, taking a 15-game winning streak into Friday. The Titans have made a strong commitment to coach Mike Daniel's emphasis on strong team defense, yielding only 46 points per game to opponents. The team's offense revolves around the senior guard tandem of Devin Smith and Matthew Johnson, who have combined to score 31 points per game. Gwynn Park, from Prince George's County, also leans on its defense under veteran coach Mike Glick and the Yellow Jackets feature a balanced offense with junior guard Justin Faison leading five players in double figures at 15.5 points per game.


Thursday, March 10
Basketball playoff coaching tree has roots in Anne Arundel

Basketball playoff coaching tree has roots in Anne Arundel

Crofton resident Pratt helped Corriero get started

As Pete Corriero, Josh Pratt and Mike Glick headed out for their respective basketball games last Friday night, they all hoped for the best for not only themselves, but also their two friends.

When they gathered together later that night, they were all region champions.


"What a great feeling. We had just won and my assistant coaches told me Josh and Pete had also won," said Glick, who will lead Gwynn Park against New Town on Friday in the Class 2A state semifinals. "I was just overjoyed, and then instantly we said, 'Where are we meeting?'"

Corriero (Meade), Pratt (Huntingtown) and Glick are three of the 16 boys basketball coaches in the state who will participate in the state semifinals on Thursday and Friday at the University of Maryland's Xfinity Center.

Though they're now on their own with different sets of assistant coaches, they can each attribute their success to the fact that they've crossed paths with the other two.

It all started way back in the early 90s, when Pratt played for Glick at Montgomery College. When Glick took a job at St. Vincent Pallotti, he asked Pratt to be his assistant. The pair stayed together and moved on to Archbishop Spalding, then Pratt was hired by Dave Lanham to lead St. Mary's.

Enter Pete Corriero.

Pete Corriero

As a 21-year-old just out of college and interested in coaching, Corriero emailed Pratt inquiring about an opening at St. Mary's. Pratt told Corriero to come in to talk, and the two were working together shortly after. Pratt decided to take a job at Towson Catholic, and with Corriero not interested in joining him, Pratt suggested Glick hire Corriero at Gwynn Park.

"Josh called me and said I have a great young coach who could be your junior varsity coach. The best thing I've done was hire Pete," Glick said. "He was with me for two years and we went to the state final four. Pete helped lay the foundation of the program."

Corriero eventually landed at Meade and has gone 111-60 in seven seasons. After three straight sub-.500 seasons, Corriero's teams won 17 games each of the next two seasons and have gone 48-5 the last two years and won the state title in 2015. With two more wins this year, he would become the first public-school county coach to win back-to-back state titles and just the second to win multiple championships, joining Southern's Tom Albright.

Pratt, a Crofton resident, just led Huntingtown to a school-record 21 wins and the first region title in school history. The Hurricanes will face C. Milton Wright in a Class 3A state semifinal in the first game of the state tournament on Thursday afternoon.

Josh Pratt

Pratt began his coaching career in 1993 as a junior varsity head coach and assistant varsity coach under Glick at Pallotti. He followed Glick to Archbishop Spalding, where he coached and helped develop current NBA star Rudy Gay.

Lanham gave Pratt his first varsity head coaching job at St. Mary's, where Pratt stayed for a year before moving on to Towson Catholic. He coached the Owls for four years and won two Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference titles and a Baltimore Catholic League title. He coached a host of Division I prospects at Towson Catholic, including Donte' Greene, who played at Syracuse before getting drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2008.

Following the closing of Towson Catholic, Pratt returned to Pallotti and was the head girls coach for four years before taking the Chesapeake Science Point job in 2013. He moved on to Chesapeake for a year before taking over at Huntingtown.

Glick is in his 10th year at Gwynn Park and has gone 175-73 with four region titles and an appearance in the state final. He has a 457-210 overall record as a head coach.

Mike Glick

While Glick's resume speaks for itself, he is certainly proud of his two former assistants who will join him the next few days in quests for state titles.

"The job that Pete has done at Meade has been remarkable. I've never been more proud of any of my assistants," Glick said. "Josh is a phenomenal coach and he's rebuilt more than one program. We knew he was walking into a very good situation with a lot of support. I'm just so proud of Josh and it does not surprise me at all what he's done."

The three coaches brought their team together for a scrimmage prior to the season. With victories in their semifinals, they would play consecutively in their respective state finals on Saturday.

"The circle is definitely intertwined, but it's a heck of a tree," Corriero said. "I'm sure Mike is very proud of his two former JV coaches. One is a state champion and the other is a region champ."

If all three teams — or even any of them — were to reach the ultimate goal of a state title, Glick will definitely text the other two wondering where to meet to celebrate.

"I'm really happy for Pete and Josh. They're both great coaches," Glick said. "If there was some way we could all get a state championship, that would be the memory of a lifetime."

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Monday, March 7
Wash Post Top 20: H.D. Woodson completes perfect season; state semifinals on deck in Maryland

Boys’ basketball Top 20: H.D. Woodson completes perfect season; state semifinals on deck in Maryland, Virginia

 March 7 at 1:20 PM

1. H.D. Woodson (33-0) Last week: 1

The Warriors became the first city public school to finish a season undefeated since 1985 when they beat Friendship Collegiate, 60-47, to win the DCSAA championship Sunday.

2. St. John’s (28-4) LW: 2

The Cadets were knocked out of the DCSAA quarterfinals by Friendship Collegiate in a 77-70 loss. The WCAC champs will resume play at this week’s Alhambra tournament.

3. National Christian (28-2) LW: 3

The Eagles lost to Legacy Charter (S.C.), 55-52, in the USA National Prep Basketball championship on a buzzer-beating three-pointer.

4. DeMatha (28-5) LW: 4

The defending Maryland Private Schools champion downed Good Counsel and Riverdale Baptist to set up a matchup with Capitol Christian in Monday’s tournament final.

5. Eleanor Roosevelt (22-3) LW: 5

The Raiders needed double overtime to get past Bladensburg, 59-54, in the Maryland 4A South final and advanced to face Perry Hall in Thursday’s state semifinals.

6. Potomac (Va.) (25-2) LW: 6

Four players hit double figures as the Panthers cruised past Norview, 72-57, in Saturday’s Virginia 5A state quarterfinals. They face Albemarle in Tuesday’s semifinals.

7. Westfield (24-3) LW: 8

The Bulldogs bounced back from their region final loss, blowing past then-No. 12 Hylton, 67-49, to advance to the Virginia 6A state semifinals for the second straight year.

8. Gwynn Park (24-2) LW: 10

The Yellow Jackets won their first Maryland 2A South region title since 2011 in a 79-69 victory over Westlake and will face New Town in the 2A state semifinals Friday.

9. Episcopal (25-4) LW: 11

The IAC champion capped its season with a second crown by defeating Paul VI, 67-63, in Saturday’s Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I final.

10. Wakefield (25-2) LW: 13

The Warriors fended off Deep Run, 50-48, to advance to their second Virginia 5A state semifinal in the last three years, where they will face L.C. Bird on Tuesday.

Monday, March 7
MSA Top-25 boys basketball rankings: March 6th – March 12th
MSA Top-25 boys basketball rankings: March 6th – March 12th

County: Prince George’s, 4A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, C.H. Flowers by 14, Sectional finals WIN, No. 18 Bowie by 12, Regional championship WIN, No. 23 Bladensburg by 5

Notable wins: Northwestern by 36, No. 3 Wise by 2, High Point by 26, La Plata by 44, Laurel by 36, DuVal by 36, Bladensburg by 31, No. 15 C.H. Flowers by 6, Suitland by 40, No. 25 Bowie by 4, High Point by 45, Laurel by 30, Bladensburg by 7, Parkdale by 40, C.H. Flowers by 14, No. 18 Bowie by 12, No. 23 Bladensburg by 5

Losses: DeMatha by 22, Bishop McNamara by 5, No. 25 Bowie by 3

2. New Town Titans (1) – 100 points (21-2) LW: 4 (+2)

County: Baltimore, 2A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, Owings Mills by 3, Sectional finals WIN, Randallstown by 8, Regional championship WIN, No. 22 Dunbar by 13

Notable wins: No. 9 Perry Hall by 4, Gilman by 2, Calvert Hall by 7, Whitman by 23, Carver A&T by 87, Western Tech by 34, Loch Raven by 20, Hereford by 37, No. 23 Dundalk by 5, Dulaney by 25, Owing Mills by 5, Pikesville by 37, Woodlawn by 16, No. 22 Dunbar by 13

Losses: No. 8 Poly by 12, Catonsville by 1

3. Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets – 97 points (24-2) LW: 7 (+4)

County: Prince George’s, 2A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, No. 25 Central by 7; Sectional finals WIN, No. 3 Douglass-PG by 3; Regional championship WIN, Westlake by 10

Notable wins: Northern by 29, Forestville by 20, Crossland by 16, Urbana by 18, No. 5 Douglass by 5, CMIT by 46, Crooms by 38, Central by 4, Tall Oaks by 27, Oxon Hill by 13, CMIT by 57, Oxon Hill by 17, Fairmont Heights by 27, No. 25 Central by 7, No. 3 Douglass-PG by 3, Westlake by 10

Losses: No. 17 Largo by 2, No. 2 Eleanor Roosevelt by 9

4. Perry Hall Gators – 87 points (21-3) LW: 11 (+7)

County: Baltimore, 4A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, Catonsville by 25; Sectional finals WIN, Dulaney by 10; Regional championship WIN, Springbrook by 2

Notable wins: Bel Air by 33, Hereford by 32, No. 23 Dundalk by 5, Arlington Baptist by 54, Hereford by 27, Dulaney by 22, Chesapeake by 24, No. 8 Poly by 2, Towson by 22, Overlea by 20, Catonsville by 25, Springbrook by 2

Losses: No. 6 New Town by 4, Kenwood by 5

5. Douglass Eagles – 96 points (20-2) LW: 3 (-2)

County: Prince George’s, 2A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, No. 17 Largo by 6; Sectional finals LOSS, No. 7 Gwynn Park by 3

Notable wins: No. 8 Poly by 16, Northwestern by 43, No. 24 Crossland by 14, Clinton Christian by 26, No. 14 Largo by 13, Fairmont Heights by 57, Forestville by 22, Croom by 76, No. 22 Crossland by 22, Surrattsville by 26, Central by 23, Tall Oaks by 56, CMIT by 73, CMIT by 60, No. 17 Largo by 6

Losses: No. 2 Gwynn Park by 5, No. 7 Gwynn Park by 3

6. Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles – 83 points (21-4) LW: 15 (+9)

County: Montgomery, 3A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, Westminster by 6; Sectional finals WIN, Oakdale by 15; Regional championship WIN, No. 16 Tuscarora by 2

Notable wins: No. 20 Bethesda-Chevy Chase by 2, Rockville by 30, South Hagerstown by 26, Wheaton by 22, Northwood by 23, Watkins Mill by 32, Damascus by 40, Clarksburg by 12, Northwest by 22, No. 23 Gaithersburg by 7, Damascus by 33, Poolesville by 27, Blake by 20, No. 16 Tuscarora by 2

Losses: No. 18 Springbrook by 13, Sherwood by 8, No. 20 Tuscarora by 7, No. 9 Quince Orchard by 17

7. Dr. Henry A. Wise Pumas  – 81 points (15-4) LW: 2 (-5)

County: Prince George’s, 4A

Last week: Sectional semifinals LOSS, No. 18 Bowie by 2

Notable wins: Miller by 9 (Va.), DuVal by 47, Kent County by 22, West Charlotte (N.C.) by 21, No. 15 C.H. Flowers by 38, Suitland by 52, Bladensburg by 13, Parkdale by 34, No. 25 Bowie by 1, No. 24 Bowie by 3, Laurel by 41, No. 16 C.H. Flowers by 14, Bladensburg by 7, Northwestern by 25

Losses: DeMatha by 13, No. 1 Eleanor Roosevelt by 2, Riverdale Baptist by 2, No. 18 Bowie by 2

8. Middletown Knights – 70 points (20-5) LW: 20 (+12)

County: Frederick, 2A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, Walkersville by 26; Sectional finals WIN, Williamsport by 10; Regional championship WIN, No. 6 Oakland Mills by 1

Notable wins: Oakdale by 5, Urbana by 18, No. 21 Tuscarora by 3, Smithsburg by 25, Catoctin by 24, Catoctin by 42, South Carroll by 23, Walkersville by 26, No. 6 Oakland Mills by 1

Losses: No. 7 Linganore by 25, North Hagerstown by 20, Walkersville by 3, North Hagerstown by 2, No. 9 Linganore by 4

9. Oakland Mills Scorpions – 68 points (21-3) LW: 6 (-3)

County: Howard, 2A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, Liberty by 39; Sectional finals WIN, Winters Mills by 34; Regional championship LOSS, No. 20 Middletown by 1

Notable wins: Wilde Lake by 24, Mt. Hebron by 25, Howard by 35, Centennial by 3, Glenelg by 37, No. 11 Hammond by 6, Winters Mill by 9, River Hill by 20, Atholton by 46, Reservoir by 47, No. 25 Centennial by 9, Mt. Hebron by 40, Howard by 18, River Hill by 34, Long Reach by 23, Wilde Lake by 25, Liberty by 39, Winters Mill by 34

Losses: Glenelg Country by 11, No. 11 Hammond by 3, No. 20 Middletown by 1

10. Baltimore Polytechnic Engineers – 67 points (19-4) LW: 5 (-5)

County: Baltimore City, 3A

Lat week: Sectional semifinals LOSS, Woodlawn by 12

Notable wins: No. 6 New Town by 12, Edmondson-Westside by 31, St. Maria Goretti by 10, No. 17 Baltimore City College by 23, Patterson by 16, Chaminade-Julienne (Oh.) by 3, Patterson by 13, No. 17 City by 9, Dunbar by 15, No. 18 Lake Clifton by 9, Digital Harbor by 25, No. 24 Lake Clifton by 21, No. 21 Dunbar by 21

Losses: No. 5 Douglass (PG) by 16, Capitol Christian Academy by 3, No. 9 Perry Hall by 2, Woodlawn by 12

11. Quince Orchard Cougars – 54 points (20-3) LW: 8 (-3)

County: Montgomery, 4A

Last week: Sectional semifinals LOSS, Clarksburg by 2

Notable wins: Wootton by 23, No. 18 Springbrook by 11, Avalon by 45, Frederick by 29, Gaithersburg by 3, Poolesville by 55, Seneca Valley by 17, Damascus by 43, Gaithersburg by 31, Watkins Mill by 29, Poolesville by 32, Clarksburg by 2, No. 16 Tuscarora by 6

Losses: No. 20 Bethesda-Chevy Chase by 1, Clarksburg by 3, Clarksburg by 1

12. Tuscarora Titans – 53 points (19-5) LW: 16 (+4)

County: Frederick, 3A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, North Hagerstown by 12; Sectional finals WIN, No. 9 Linganore by 13; Regional championship LOSS, No. 15 Seneca Valley by 2

Notable wins: Seneca Valley by 7, Oakdale by 7, Catoctin by 43, No. 7 Linganore by 5, Washington (W.V.) by 29, No. 9 Linganore 13

Losses: No. 19 Middletown by 3, No. 7 Linganore by 8, Frederick by 7, No. 8 Quince Orchard by 6, No. 15 Seneca Valley by 2

13. Walt Whitman Vikings – 50 points (17-9) LW: NR

County: Montgomery, 4A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, No. 20 BCC by 1; Sectional finals WIN, Blair by 15; Regional championship WIN, Clarksburg by 1

Notable wins: Northwood by 28, Landon by 4, No. 19 Bethesda Chevy-Chase by 11, No. 14 Richard Montgomery by 1, No. 19 Bethesda Chevy-Chase by 1, Clarksburg by 1

Losses: Georgetown Prep by 9, No. 20 Bethesda Chevy-Chase by 4, No. 6 New Town by 23, St. John’s (N.Y.) by 3, Richard Montgomery by 6, Wootton by 8, Churchill by 1, Wootton by 13

14. Linganore Lancers – 48 points (22-2) LW: 9 (-5)

County: Frederick, 3A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, South Hagerstown by 19; Sectional finals LOSS, No. 16 Tuscarora by 13

Notable wins: No. 19 Middletown by 25, Catoctin by 49, Walkersville by 47, South Hagerstown by 23, No. 21 Tuscarora by 8, South Lakes (Va.) by 4, Cesar Chavez (D.C.) by 7, Oakdale by 8, Urbana by 28, Winters Mill by 10, Brunswick by 25, Oakdale by 2, Frederick by 28, Westminster by 39, North Hagerstown by 19, No. 18 Middltown by 4

Losses: No. 20 Tuscarora by 5, No. 16 Tuscarora by 13

15. Hammond Golden Bears – 48 points (19-3) LW: 10 (-5)

County: Howard, 3A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, Atholton by 6; Sectional finals LOSS, Stephen Decatur by 2

Notable wins: Howard by 23, Centennial by 14, Atholton by 24, Marriotts Ridge by 33, Randallstown by 21, Digital Harbor by 47, Long Reach by 22, No. 4 Oakland Mills by 3, Centennial by 6, Marriotts Ridge by 26

Losses: No. 4 Oakland Mills by 6, Mt. Hebron by 1, Dunbar by 18, Stephen Decatur by 2

16. Bowie Bulldogs – 46 points (12-9) LW: 18 (+2)

County: Prince George’s, 4A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, No. 2 Wise by 2; Sectional finals LOSS, No. 1 Eleanor Roosevelt by 2

Notable wins: Polytech (Del.) by 22, Parkdale by 45, High Point by 22, Northwestern by 25, No. 1 Eleanor Roosevelt by 3, No. 2 Wise by 2

Losses: National Collegiate Prep by 7, No. 14 Largo by 3, No. 3 Wise by 1, Roosevelt (D.C.) by 3, No. 1 Eleanor Roosevelt by 4, Maret (D.C.) by 6, No. 5 Wise by 3, Bladensburg by 2, No. 1 Eleanor Roosevelt by 3

17. Lake Clifton Lakers – 45 points (16-10) LW: NR

County: Baltimore City, 1A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, Reginald Lewis by 5; Sectional finals WIN, New Era by 1; Regional championship WIN, Ben Franklin by 12

Notable wins: New Era Academy by 30, FAET by 38, Dunbar by 1, Patterson by 1, KASA by 35, KASA by 46

Losses: Woodson by 5, Edmondson-Westside by 3, No. 17 City by, Mervo by 6, Edmondson-Westside by 9, No. 19 City by 4, No. 8 Poly by 9, No. 8 Poly by 21, Patterson by 3

18. Frederick Douglass Mighty Ducks – 41 points (19-2) LW: 12 (-6)

County: Baltimore City, 3A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, City by 10; Sectional finals LOSS, Woodlawn by 10

Notable wins: Bluford Drew Jemison by 28, Joppatowne by 4, KASA by 32, NAF by 26, Forest Park by 34, NAF by 25, Southwestern by 22, Mervo by 23, Ben Franklin by 13, City by 10

Losses: Ben Franklin by 4, Woodlawn by 10

19. Surrattsville Hornets – 23 points (15-10) LW: NR

County: Prince George’s, 1A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, McDonough by 29; Sectional finals WIN, Forestville by 19; Regional championship WIN, Patterson Mill by 8

Losses: Central by 1, No. 20 Bethesda-Chevy Chase by 6, Central by 4, Oxon Hill by 12, Potomac by 9, No. 2 Gwynn Park by 13, No. 4 Douglass by 26, No. 17 Largo by 15, Oxon Hill by 9, Friendly by 12

Saturday, March 5
Gwynn Park boys move on to state semis
Gwynn Park boys move on to state semis 05 Mar 2016 Written by Sean Farrell, Photo by Michael Smith GwynnPark JustinFaison2BRANDYWINE – The Gwynn Park boys’ basketball team just keeps buzzing along. The Yellow Jackets stung yet another opponent and made a statement by moving into the final four of the MPSSAA 2A state playoffs with their victory over Westlake 79-69. Justin Faison led the way for Gwynn Park by scoring 27 points and was a stinger in Westlake's side for the entire second half. He scored 18 of his 27 points in the final 16 minutes, including 10 free throws. But the win wasn't entirely easy. The game started off close with Gwynn Park holding a 15-14 lead after the first. Isaiah Miles scored eight points in the opening quarter before getting into foul trouble. That allowed Westlake to stay in the game, along with a Stephen Curry-like buzzer beater by Jeff Simmons. The second quarter was when both teams needed a player to step up. Fortunately for Gwynn Park that player was Marlon White. White erupted for 14 second quarter points and helped his team take a 39-31 lead into the break. “Basically I only needed one shot to hit for me to really gain my confidence. Once that first shot went in, my teammates kept giving me confidence and told me ‘keep shooting it, keep shooting it.’ And when I got it I shot the ball with confidence and they started dropping,” White said. The second half was when Faison took over. He made a living at the free throw line by blowing by defenders off the dribble and constantly drawing contact on his way to the rim. “Whenever a person on our team is going off, coach always says that means someone else is going to go off in the next quarter,” Faison said. “Marlon was going off in the first half and I guess the second half was mine, so we kept attacking. “After the Roosevelt game everyone said my shot wasn’t falling, so I got back in the gym and kept working and the practice paid off tonight. I used to have troubles shooting free throws, but my three ball was good. So tonight I buckled down and made sure both of them are knocked down.” The score was 62-52 in favor of Gwynn Park heading into the final quarter and the Yellow Jackets were determined to put the game away. CJ Miller was once again the hero defensively and, like many games this season, took away the opponent's top scorer while adding six points of his own. “I think CJ Miller did a phenomenal job on [Everett] Mouton and that just has to be mentioned. His defense was impeccable,” Gwynn Park Head Coach Mike Glick said. “Our league prepared us for this. The trials and tribulations and battles we have in our league prepared us for this moment. No tougher league. Nobody’s had a tougher road to get here than us.” Gwynn Park is now only two wins away from a state championship and will play Friday at the Xfinity Center in College Park. “All weekend we’re going to celebrate, but starting Monday we’re back in there to get our state championship that we all want,” Faison said. Last modified onSaturday, 05 March 2016 05:23

Saturday, March 5
No. 10 Gwynn Park pulls away from Westlake, wins 2A South 79-69
No. 10 Gwynn Park pulls away from Westlake, wins 2A South By Mark Giannotto March 4 at 11:24 PM ? The celebration was on in Brandywine, and Gwynn Park junior Justin Faison stood to the side watching his teammates line up to cut down the nets when the reason why this was all happening came to him. The Yellow Jackets are “the definition of a team,” Coach Mike Glick would say later, with a roster full of potential leading scorers who don’t actually care who scores the most in any given game. Such was the case again as No. 10 Gwynn Park pulled away from Westlake after halftime for a 79-69 win in the Maryland 2A South region boys’ basketball final Friday night. The Yellow Jackets simply had too many options, and it’s why they’re headed back to the Maryland 2A state semifinals for the first time since 2011. They will face New Town, which won the Maryland 2A North region title, next Friday at the University of Maryland’s Xfinity Center. “It’s just a blessing to have this many great players with me,” Faison said. The contributors in this latest triumph varied from quarter to quarter. First came a 10-point barrage by forward Isaiah Miles as Gwynn Park (24-2) built an early double-digit lead. Senior guard Marlon White followed with his own second-quarter flurry, scoring 11 of his 18 points in a matter of minutes to keep the Yellow Jackets ahead going into halftime. Behind a strong second half, the No. 10 Yellow Jackets defeated the Wolverines 79-69 to take the Maryland 2A South region title (Video by Matt Kelliebrew for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post) Faison (27 points) then applied the finishing touches, attacking the basket at will once junior Everett Mouton got Westlake (20-5) to within one point by nailing consecutive three-pointers to start the second half. By the time Gwynn Park was done, it had broke open the game with a 12-1 run and eventually widened the lead to 74-55 in the fourth quarter. “They came out and tried to give it their best shot, and we had to let them know it wasn’t happening,” White said. “I love this team so much. We have so much diversity. It’s like every game it’s everybody’s game at the same time.” A strategic defensive change by Glick also helped. He turned to the same box-and-one defense that worked so well in crunch time when the Yellow Jackets beat No. 7 Douglass on Wednesday to slow down Mouton (15 points). More than anything, though, they were just a group of veterans who took their lumps in previous seasons and came out more resilient this winter as a result. And they did it all together. “I don’t think anybody had us winning this region at the beginning of the year, and you know what,” Glick said. “We believed in ourselves.” ? HUNTINGTOWN 52, MAGRUDER 46: The Hurricanes are headed to the state semifinals for the first time after coming from behind in the fourth quarter to beat the Colonels during a back-and-forth 3A South final in Calvert County. Point guard Brandon Easton (16 points) put Huntingtown up for good with less than two minutes remaining in regulation.

Monday, March 7
Season ends in 2A South final at Gwynn Park for Westlake boys basketball
Season ends in 2A South final at Gwynn Park for Westlake boys basketball By AJ MASON Updated Mar 5, 2016 BRANDYWINE – Each of the past two seasons the Westlake boys basketball program had captured regional championships in the Class 3A South en route to two straight state final appearances. Despite a whole new starting lineup this season, the Wolverines found themselves back in the regional championship game, this time in the 2A South bracket on Friday night at Gwynn Park of Prince George's County. However, Westlake's playoff run came to an abrupt end at the hands of the Yellow Jackets, who used a balanced offensive attack and aggressive defense en route to a 79-69 victory in front of a packed home crowd. Gwynn Park (24-2 overall), which came off a 68-65 comeback victory over county foe Douglass two nights prior, punched its ticket to the 2A state tournament March 11 where it will take on Baltimore County's New Town. “First off, all our league in the county prepared us for this moment,” said Gwynn Park head coach Mike Glick, whose lone losses were to county opponents Douglass and Largo. “So we've been through every case scenario possible. We are the definition of a team and our kids believed and a different player steps up tonight.” Gwynn Park had four players in double figures as junior guard Justin Faison led all scorers with 27 points, scoring 18 in the second half. Senior guard Marlon White finished with 18 points, scoring 14 points in the first half. Seniors Isaiah Miles and Kollin Mitchell finished with 13 and 10 points, respectively, in the victory. “When [Westlake] went up one point in the third quarter, coach just told me to take over just like the Douglass game,” Faison said. “He believes in me to take over at the point guard position, so that is what I did. This is my first time on varsity this year and I'm already going to a state tournament. I will never forget this moment.” Trailing 39-31 at halftime, Westlake gave the Yellow Jackets all it could handle, starting the third quarter on a 14-5 run to go up 46-45 with 4 minutes 50 seconds left. However, Gwynn Park delivered with a run of its own, outscoring the Wolverines 12-1 to take a 58-46 lead with two minutes left, forcing several Westlake turnovers that led to easy baskets in transition. Gwynn Park went on to take a 62-52 lead entering the fourth quarter. In the final period, the Yellow Jackets went up by as many as 16 points to pull away. Junior guard Everett Mouton collected a team-high 18 points to lead Westlake. After Mouton hit one of his six threes to bring the Wolverines to within 41-39 with six minutes to go in the third, Glick and the Yellow Jackets went to a box-and-one defense to slow down the sharpshooting Mouton. “I think what it did was get him [Mouton] out of the flow of the offense,” Glick said. “We knew he was the primary scorer and we got him out of the game in terms of good looks.” Westlake was also led by juniors Amir Lawrence with 17 points and Jeff Simmons with 15 in the losing effort. On the difference in the game, head coach Edward Mouton Sr. said, “We got stagnant on offense and got cold in the third and fourth quarter and couldn't get the ball in the basket. “[Gwynn Park] got a lot of leak-outs and easy baskets. Once they went box-and-one on Everett and didn't let him see the ball that was the difference.” Gwynn Park jumped out to a 15-4 lead in the first quarter, but Westlake went on a 10-0 run to come to within one point entering the second. The Wolverines finished with a 19-5 record on the season. Westlake senior forward Jamal Murphy blocks a shot attempt by Gwynn Park senior guard Aaron Parker in Friday night's Class 2A South Region championship game at Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine. Gwynn Park won the contest 79-69. Gwynn Park junior guard Justin Faison is trapped in the corner by Westlake's Amir Lawrence, left, and Everett Mouton in Friday night's Class 2A South Region championship game at Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine. Gwynn Park won the contest 79-69 Westlake junior forward Amir Lawrence drives to the basket as Gwynn Park's Kollin Mitchell trails from behind in Friday night's Class 2A South Region championship game at Gwynn Park in Brandywine. Gwynn Park won the contest 79-69.

Thursday, March 3
Three-point play by Isaiah Miles lifts Gwynn Park past Douglass 68-65

Three-point play by Isaiah Miles lifts Gwynn Park past Douglass

Gwynn Park’s Isaiah Miles watched all five Douglass players crash the paint for a rebound in the closing moments of Wednesday’s 2A South region semifinals, and his first instinct was to run the other direction. In the mad scramble for a loose ball, guard Marlon White somehow ended up with it and saw his teammate streaking toward the other basket.

White’s pass found Miles, and a capacity crowd in Brandywine erupted when he completed a three-point play that ultimately propelled No. 10 Gwynn Park to a dramatic 68-65 win over No. 7 Douglass.

The Yellow Jackets trailed by 18 points before halftime and held the lead for all of 37 seconds during what became their biggest comeback of the season. Gwynn Park (23-2) will host Westlake in the 2A South region final Friday.

“It’s a lot to take in,” Miles (20 points) said, still reveling in the postgame celebration. “I just had to buckle down, make the free throw so we could secure the win. We were never out of the game, so I felt like we all just buckled down and took control.”

Douglass (20-2) came out hot and torched Gwynn Park’s normally stingy defense. At times, senior Cameron Hayes (26 points) tried to will the Eagles past their rival, finishing around the rim from the baseline. A short jumper by Hayes gave Douglass its biggest lead at 40-22 late in the first half.

But Gwynn Park slowly began to chip away, and junior Justin Faison delivered with his team in jeopardy. He scored 16 of his 23 points in the final 12 minutes, hitting several contested jumpers to steady the Yellow Jackets before their final push.

Faison credited a “McNamara Reject” sign in the Douglass student section — he transferred to Gwynn Park after playing with McNamara’s junior varsity team last year — for providing extra motivation.

“I took that to heart, and I didn’t want to lose,” Faison said. “They thought I was rejected, but at the end of the day we’re just trying to keep pounding and get a state championship. That’s all that matters.”

To keep those title hopes alive, the Yellow Jackets withstood a manic final minute. Senior Aaron Parker gave Gwynn Park its first lead of the game on a hanging lay-in, but Douglass junior Donald Carey came right back with a fast-break basket to put the Eagles back on top.

Monday, March 7
Gwynn Park Pulls off Come-back for the ages vs Douglass 68-65 Cap Hoops Video
Gwynn Park Pulls off Come-back for the ages vs Douglass in 2016 2A south regional semi Capitol Hoops Basketball March 3, 2016 7:53 am Gwynn Park trailed in this game for more then 31 minutes, but it was in the final 60 seconds where they made winning plays. Senior F Isaiah Miles capped off the comeback with a 3-point play with 8.1 seconds left. GP trailed by 18 late in the first half. Cam Hayes played a whale of a game for Douglass scoring a game high 27 points.

Thursday, March 3
Gwynn Park Rallies Past Douglass DMV Elite
Gwynn Park Rallies Past Douglass Gwynn Park Eliminates Douglass In 2A Playoffs - Video of Gwynn Park Eliminates Douglass In 2A Playoffs - Highlights from Gwynn Park's 68-65 comeback win over Douglass in the Maryland 2A South semifinals on March 2, 2016. Includes interviews with Gwynn Park's Marlon White, Isaiah Miles and Justin Faison.

Thursday, February 25
Eleanor Roosevelt boys win PG County Championship over GP 63-72
Eleanor Roosevelt boys win Prince George's County Championship           

ER GP boys bballUPPER MARLBORO – Tuesday night’s battle between Eleanor Roosevelt and Gwynn Park, two teams with three or fewer losses, was a fitting end to the county basketball schedule.

The 19-3 Raiders continued their county dominance in boys’ basketball with a 72-63 win over the 21-2 Yellow Jackets and in turn won the Prince George’s County basketball championship.

Both teams played extremely well in their final game before the area playoffs begin and it was a much needed test for both teams as they try to prove that they are serious contenders in the 4A and 3A state playoffs.

“I think we all feel the same,” Gwynn Park Head Coach Mike Glick said. “We’re zero and zero and we’ve got to get ready for the playoffs. I think Roosevelt has an excellent team and might be one of the better teams we played all year. That’s going to make us a better team and the most important thing is nobody got injured.”

Gwynn Park started fast out of the gate, jumping to a 5-0 lead on two quick baskets from Kollin Mitchell. Still, the Raiders answered quickly with an 11-2 run to go up 11-7. They would lead 15-10 after the first quarter.

“Our guys were ready to go today and responded, which I was excited about because that was a tough loss (to Bowie on Feb. 16). They haven’t lost sight of what the goal is going into playoffs Monday and that’s important,” Roosevelt Head Coach Brendan O’Connell said.

Victor Okafor, Trent Bishop and Jaden Faulkner were huge inside for the Raiders. The smaller Gwynn Park team did all it could in facing the size disadvantage, but couldn’t stop Okafor from scoring 16 points, while Faulkner added 11. Bishop led all scorers with 19.

“I thought our big guys played very well tonight and I thought Naji (Marshall) did well tonight because Gwynn Park is really good at taking your best player away. We knew they’d do some different stuff and he was patient and I thought had a great all-around game,” O’Connell said.

Gwynn Park started to regain momentum in the second quarter by dictating most of the play and kept Roosevelt star Naji Marshall off the score sheet. However, with two minutes remaining in the half, Marshall took over by scoring eight points and gave Roosevelt a 34-28 halftime lead.

“I just let the game come to me,” said Marshall, who finished with 17 points. “I didn’t try to force the issue and just jack up shots. I just took my time and if I saw something open I would try to take it. I just see openings and if I land on two feet and I’m still open of course I’m going to take the shot.”

Gwynn Park gave Roosevelt a tremendous push in the second half behind leading scorer Aaron Parker, who finished with 17 points, but the Raiders refused to relinquish their lead by the end of the third quarter (52-43).

Both teams played their best quarter of the game in the fourth, scoring 20 points each. But the Yellow Jackets fizzled in attempting a comeback, as they missed numerous open shots and were out rebounded by the Raiders.

“I was really proud of how our kids battled and played until the end. They showed a lot of heart. We just got to knock down open shots and make free throws. I thought Roosevelt’s charge taking was incredible and that was a huge difference in the game,” Glick said.

Eleanor Roosevelt will gladly take the victory after its disappointing 55-52 loss to Bowie where the Raiders performed very poorly against a school they had previously beaten. The loss to Bowie was the Raiders' first loss in 18 games.

Roosevelt will play the winner of Suitland and Charles H. Flowers in the second round of the 4A MPSSAA playoffs. Meanwhile, Gwynn Park will play the winner of Crossland and Central in the second round of the 3A MPSSAA playoffs. 

Thursday, February 25
Eleanor Roosevelt boys claim PG County basketball titles over GP 72-63

Eleanor Roosevelt boys, Forestville girls claim Prince George’s County basketball titles

The Raiders, with the assistance of Victor Okafor, defeated the Yellow Jackets, claiming the Prince George’s County championship. (Video by Brandon Martin for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)
February 24 at 11:11 PM

Fresh off his team’s first loss in two months and with the Prince George’s County boys’ basketball championship up for grabs, Eleanor Roosevelt’s Naji Marshall had to suppress much of his eagerness entering Wednesday’s matchup

The Raiders’ opponent, No. 7 Gwynn Park, has built a reputation for limiting the other team’s top player, a notion that Marshall was well aware of as he went scoreless for the game’s first 15 minutes. But the senior didn’t sulk or press the issue. Instead, he simply waited until just before halftime, when the right moment arose.

Spotting an opening in the lane, Marshall sliced through it and converted a floater that led to nine consecutive points and put the No. 6 Raiders on track for a 72-63 win at Wise in Upper Marlboro. The victory marked Eleanor Roosevelt’s second straight county title and fourth in five years.

“I just didn’t try to force the issue,” said Marshall, who finished with 17 points. “I seen the openings and tried to take what they gave me.”

Marshall’s teammates followed his lead and found their rhythm. After the Yellow Jackets scored the game’s first five points, the Raiders quickly responded, led by Trent Bishop (17 points) and his ability to assert himself in the paint and on the offensive glass during a 9-0 run.

The Raiders (19-3) would never trail again, using their methodical play and rebounding advantage to rack up 15 second-chance points while slowly building upon their lead.

“All of our big guys played really well. . . and second-chance points is always an emphasis of ours,” Raiders Coach Brendan O’Connell said. “Naji just had a great all-around game. He went a while without getting any touches, but he stayed patient and got some tough baskets against a tough team.”

After a soaring layup by Marshall gave the Raiders a 13-point lead early in the fourth quarter, the Yellow Jackets (21-2) threatened to rally by pushing the tempo. But their chances were quickly stifled when Bishop connected with Victor Okafor for an alley-oop, sealing the Raiders’s 19th win in their last 20 games.

Thursday, February 25
No. 2 Eleanor Roosevelt downs No. 5 Gwynn Park to take PG County boys hoops crown
No. 2 Eleanor Roosevelt downs No. 5 Gwynn Park to take PG County boys hoops crown

UPPER MARLBORO – Coming off their first loss in over two months, and first loss of the entire year to a public school basketball team, Eleanor Roosevelt had to take a back seat and absorb the short term adversity that quickly swirled around the program.

Even though setbacks rarely stumbled across the Raiders this season, chewing and spitting out almost every public school team in their path, they knew dwelling on a disappointing loss to an intra-regional opponent would sap state championship aspirations and potentially plague a landmark season.

So, just 48 hours later, No. 2 Eleanor Roosevelt (20-3) had to get back up quickly as they would face No. 5 Gywnn Park in the PG County Championship. The Raiders suppressed all negative vibes from Monday night’s loss to Bowie, downing the Yellow Jackets 72-63 for their fourth county title in five years.

“I’m happy with how our guys responded because that was a tough loss on Monday,” Eleanor Roosevelt head coach Brenden O’Connell said. “I thought our guys were ready to go tonight … they played hard.”

All season long, Gwynn Park has had the Kryptonite handy when attempting to shutdown the opponents top offensive threat. For Naji Marshall, the Raiders most heralded asset, he was well aware and prepared for what may take place on Wednesday.

And when 15 minutes ticked off the clock, with Marshall yet to register a single point minutes before halftime, he took a few breaths to realize it’s just another night of basketball.

Instead of fretting, he patiently waited. Sure enough, a seam in the lane opened and Marshall exploded to the rim, finishing with a soft floater off the glass that would lead to nine straight points to conclude the final 2:30 of the first half.

Marshall’s nine-point binge to round out the second quarter gave his Raiders team a 34-28 halftime lead.

“I just didn’t try and force the issue,” Marshall said, who finished with 17 points. “I saw the openings, and tried to take what (Gwynn Park) gave me.”

Marshall, a 6-foot-6 towering guard that has numerous of Division-1 offers with Rutgers and Virginia Tech among them, does everything and anything a standout player would do. From his dynamic offensive ability, to disrupting presence on the defensive end, and occasionally making the garbage play, Marshall is there to assert himself in the climax of a contest.

“That’s why he’s so good,” O’Connell said of Marshall. “He does everything.”

After Gwynn Park jumped out to an early 7-2 lead 3:55 into the first, Eleanor Roosevelt responded with a 9-0 run sparked by Trent Bishop (17 points) and his ability to pound the offensive glass.

The Raiders would captivate a stellar regular season, never trailing again by taking a firm threshold with their overwhelming size (11 players 6’3″ or taller and four 6’6″ or taller), blocking numerous of shots around the rim and generating 15 second chance points.

“That’s what we emphasize,” O’Connell said. “If we keep doing that, we’ll be in good shape.”

Gwynn Park (20-2) would get no closer than three points after Aaron Parker (17 points) rattled off seven quick points to start the second half.

The Raiders shot 47.5% from the floor on 29/61 shooting while the Yellow Jackets shot 42.6% on 23/54 shooting.

When it was all said and done, Monday night’s loss to a potential playoff opponent faded rather quickly and was replaced with a side of perspective.

“Tonight’s a different kind of game, obviously we wanted to win, but if we lose, it’s not like our season is over,” O’Connell said of the county championship. “Monday put things in perspective for us, that we have bigger goals to accomplish.”

Thursday, February 25
Eleanor Roosevelt Captures PG County Chip Over Gwynn Park Cap Hoops Video

Eleanor Roosevelt Captures PG County Chip Over Gwynn Park 2/24/2016

Eleanor Roosevelt captured the 2016 PG County Chip at Wise HS behind 17 points from Naji Marshall, and 16 points from Victor Okafor. Aaron Parker led Gwynn Park with 7.

Thursday, February 25
Eleanor Roosevelt Downs Gwynn Park For PG County Title - DMV

Eleanor Roosevelt vs. Gwynn Park

Eleanor Roosevelt Downs Gwynn Park For PG County Title -

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Video from Eleanor Roosevelt's 72-63 win over Gwynn Park in the 2016 Prince George's County Championship game on February 24, 2016 at Wise High School. Includes interviews with Roosevelt's Victor Okafor and Naji Marshall.

Wednesday, February 24
MSA Top-25 End of regular season rankings: Feb 23rd – Feb 27th GP # 5

MSA Top-25 boys basketball end of regular season rankings: Feb 23rd – Feb 27th

Every Monday, Maryland Sports Access will provide boys basketball rankings from the regions of Baltimore, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s.

Teams from those regions are compiled and ranked Associated Press style based off of how the panel feels about where they stand up to date.

Panel: Kyle McFadden, MSA Co-Founder; Ben Spector, MSA Writer; Kendall Hilton, Co-Founder of Fan-I Sports; Marcus Helton, DMVelite Editor-in-chief

1. Dr. Henry A. Wise Pumas (2) – 99 points (15-3) LW: 2 (+1)

County: Prince George’s, 4A

Last week: WIN, Bladensburg by 7; WIN, Northwestern by 25

Notable wins: Miller by 9 (Va.), DuVal by 47, Kent County by 22, West Charlotte (N.C.) by 21, No. 15 C.H. Flowers by 38, Suitland by 52, Bladensburg by 13, Parkdale by 34, No. 25 Bowie by 1, No. 24 Bowie by 3, Laurel by 41, No. 16 C.H. Flowers by 14, Bladensburg by 7, Northwestern by 25

Losses: DeMatha by 13, No. 1 Eleanor Roosevelt by 2, Riverdale Baptist by 2

2. Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders (1) – 99 points (19-3) LW: 1 (-1)

County: Prince George’s, 4A

Last week: WIN, Parkdale by 40; LOSS, No. 25 Bowie by 3

Notable wins: Northwestern by 36, No. 3 Wise by 2, High Point by 26, La Plata by 44, Laurel by 36, DuVal by 36, Bladensburg by 31, No. 15 C.H. Flowers by 6, Suitland by 40, No. 25 Bowie by 4, High Point by 45, Laurel by 30, Bladensburg by 7, Parkdale by 40

Losses: DeMatha by 22, Bishop McNamara by 5, No. 25 Bowie by 3

3. Douglass Eagles – 97 points (17-1) LW: 3

County: Prince George’s, 2A

Last week: WIN, Forestville by 19; WIN, CMIT by 73

Notable wins: No. 8 Poly by 16, Northwestern by 43, No. 24 Crossland by 14, Clinton Christian by 26, No. 14 Largo by 13, Fairmont Heights by 57, Forestville by 22, Croom by 76, No. 22 Crossland by 22, Surrattsville by 26, Central by 23, Tall Oaks by 56, CMIT by 73

Losses: No. 2 Gwynn Park by 5

4. New Town Titans (1) – 90 points (17-2) LW: 4

County: Baltimore, 2A

Last week: WIN, Pikesville by 37; WIN, Parkdale by 12

Notable wins: No. 9 Perry Hall by 4, Gilman by 2, Calvert Hall by 7, Whitman by 23, Carver A&T by 87, Western Tech by 34, Loch Raven by 20, Hereford by 37, No. 23 Dundalk by 5, Dulaney by 25, Owing Mills by 5, Pikesville by 37

Losses: No. 8 Poly by 12, Catonsville by 1

5. Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets – 88 points (21-1) LW: 5

County: Prince George’s, 2A

Last week: WIN, Oxon Hill by 13; WIN, CMIT by 57; WIN, Oxon Hill by 17; WIN, Fairmont Heights by 27

Notable wins: Northern by 29, Forestville by 20, Crossland by 16, Urbana by 18, No. 5 Douglass by 5, CMIT by 46, Crooms by 38, Central by 4, Tall Oaks by 27, Oxon Hill by 13, CMIT by 57, Oxon Hill by 17, Fairmont Heights by 27

Losses: No. 17 Largo by 2

6. Baltimore Polytechnic Engineers – 88 points (17-3) LW: 6

County: Baltimore City, 3A

Lat week: WIN, Digital Harbor by 25; No. 24 Lake Clifton by 21; WIN, Edmondson-Westside by 8

Notable wins: No. 6 New Town by 12, Edmondson-Westside by 31, St. Maria Goretti by 10, No. 17 Baltimore City College by 23, Patterson by 16, Chaminade-Julienne (Oh.) by 3, Patterson by 13, No. 17 City by 9, Dunbar by 15, No. 18 Lake Clifton by 9, Digital Harbor by 25, No. 24 Lake Clifton by 21

Losses: No. 5 Douglass (PG) by 16, Capitol Christian Academy by 3, No. 9 Perry Hall by 2

7. Oakland Mills Scorpions – 82 points (19-2) LW: 7

County: Howard, 2A

Last week: WIN, River Hill by 34; WIN, Long Reach by 23; WIN, Wilde Lake by 25

Notable wins: Wilde Lake by 24, Mt. Hebron by 25, Howard by 35, Centennial by 3, Glenelg by 37, No. 11 Hammond by 6, Winters Mill by 9, River Hill by 20, Atholton by 46, Reservoir by 47, No. 25 Centennial by 9, Mt. Hebron by 40, Howard by 18, River Hill by 34, Long Reach by 23, Wilde Lake by 25

Losses: Glenelg Country by 11, No. 11 Hammond by 3

8. Quince Orchard Cougars – 76 points (20-2) LW: 8

County: Montgomery, 4A

Last week: WIN, Clarksburg by 2; WIN, No. 16 Tuscarora by 6; WIN, Kennedy by 10

Notable wins: Wootton by 23, No. 18 Springbrook by 11, Avalon by 45, Frederick by 29, Gaithersburg by 3, Poolesville by 55, Seneca Valley by 17, Damascus by 43, Gaithersburg by 31, Watkins Mill by 29, Poolesville by 32, Clarksburg by 2, No. 16 Tuscarora by 6

Losses: No. 20 Bethesda-Chevy Chase by 1, Clarksburg by 3

9. Linganore Lancers – 71 points (20-1) LW: 9

County: Frederick, 3A

Last week: WIN, Frederick by 28; WIN, Westminster by 39; WIN, North Hagerstown by 19

Notable wins: No. 19 Middletown by 25, Catoctin by 49, Walkersville by 47, South Hagerstown by 23, No. 21 Tuscarora by 8, South Lakes (Va.) by 4, Cesar Chavez (D.C.) by 7, Oakdale by 8, Urbana by 28, Winters Mill by 10, Brunswick by 25, Oakdale by 2, Frederick by 28, Westminster by 39, North Hagerstown by 19

Losses: No. 20 Tuscarora by 5

10. Hammond Golden Bears – 68 points (18-3) LW: 10

County: Howard, 3A

Last week: WIN, Long Reach by 19; WIN, Mt. Hebron by 14; WIN, Howard by 18

Notable wins: Howard by 23, Centennial by 14, Atholton by 24, Marriotts Ridge by 33, Randallstown by 21, Digital Harbor by 47, Long Reach by 22, No. 4 Oakland Mills by 3, Centennial by 6

Losses: No. 4 Oakland Mills by 6, Mt. Hebron by 1, Dunbar by 18

Wednesday, February 24
Gwynn Park Now # 7 in Washinton Post
Boys’ basketball Top 20: Westfield, Hylton, Loudoun Valley, Wakefield, Potomac (Va.) claim conference titles AllMetSports Staff February 22 1. H.D. Woodson (29-0) LW: 1 Antwan Walker scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lift the Warriors past Coolidge, 67-62, and into Wednesday’s DCIAA final against No. 17 Theodore Roosevelt. 2. St. John’s (27-3) LW: 2 Anthony Cowan Jr. and Dejuan Clayton totaled seven three-pointers to help the Cadets hold off McNamara and advance to Monday’s WCAC final against No. 3 DeMatha. 3. DeMatha (26-4) LW: 3 Markelle Fultz scored 21 points as the Stags surged past then-No. 9 Gonzaga for a 79-66 win, securing their third straight trip to the WCAC title game. 4. National Christian (21-1) LW: 4 Mohammed Kabir’s 29-point, 16-rebound performance pushed the Eagles past Clinton Christian on Saturday and their win streak to 16 games. 5. Westfield (20-2) LW: 5 The Bulldogs completed a perfect run through Virginia Conference 5 play for the second straight year, beating Chantilly, 76-61, in Friday’s conference final. Host B.J. Koubaroulis runs through the top plays from the week of basketball in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. (Video by Nick Plum for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post) 6. Eleanor Roosevelt (18-2) LW: 6 The Raiders earned a spot in Wednesday’s Prince George’s County championship game after 13 different players scored in Friday’s 80-40 win over Parkdale. 7. Gwynn Park (20-1) LW: 7 The Yellow Jackets won three games in three days this past week, but still must beat Fairmont Heights on Monday to clinch a berth in the Prince George’s County title game against Eleanor Roosevelt. 8. Douglass (17-1) LW: 8 The Eagles completed their regular season with a 93-20 win over Chesapeake Math and IT, but could play in the Prince George’s County championship game depending on Monday’s results. 9. Hylton (20-3) LW: 11 Dwayne Hill dropped a season-high 25 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 69-58 victory over Woodbridge in Saturday’s Conference 4 final, their 10th straight win by double digits. 10. Loudoun Valley (23-0) LW: 12 The Vikings took care of business in the Conference 21B tournament with double-digit wins over Rock Ridge and Heritage to earn the No. 1 seed in the 4A West region playoffs.

Monday, February 22
Miles, Yellow Jackets sting Oxon Hill 67-54
Miles, Yellow Jackets sting Oxon Hill 22 Feb 2016 Written by Sean Farrell, Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Isaiah Miles DKOXON 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.”

Saturday, February 20
MSA Top-25 boys basketball rankings: Feb. 14th – Feb 20th GP # 5
MSA Top-25 boys basketball rankings: Feb. 14th – Feb 20th

Every Monday, Maryland Sports Access will provide boys basketball rankings from the regions of Baltimore, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s.

Teams from those regions are compiled and ranked Associated Press style based off of how the panel feels about where they stand up to date.

Panel: Kyle McFadden, MSA Co-Founder; Ben Spector, MSA Writer; Kendall Hilton, Co-Founder of Fan-I Sports; Marcus Helton, DMVelite Editor-in-chief

1. Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders (3) – 103 points (18-2) LW: 1

County: Prince George’s, 4A

Last week: WIN, Suitland by 17; WIN, Bladensburg by 7

Notable wins: Northwestern by 36, No. 3 Wise by 2, High Point by 26, La Plata by 44, Laurel by 36, DuVal by 36, Bladensburg by 31, No. 15 C.H. Flowers by 6, Suitland by 40, No. 25 Bowie by 4, High Point by 45, Laurel by 30, Bladensburg by 7

Losses: DeMatha by 22, Bishop McNamara by 5

2. Dr. Henry A. Wise Pumas – 97 points (13-3) LW: 3 (+1)

County: Prince George’s, 4A

Last week: WIN, Northwestern by 13

Notable wins: Miller by 9 (Va.), DuVal by 47, Kent County by 22, West Charlotte (N.C.) by 21, No. 15 C.H. Flowers by 38, Suitland by 52, Bladensburg by 13, Parkdale by 34, No. 25 Bowie by 1, No. 24 Bowie by 3, Laurel by 41, No. 16 C.H. Flowers by 14

Losses: DeMatha by 13, No. 1 Eleanor Roosevelt by 2, Riverdale Baptist by 21

3. Douglass Eagles – 95 points (15-1) LW: 5 (+2)

County: Prince George’s, 2A

Last week: WIN, Central by 23; WIN, Tall Oaks by 56

Notable wins: No. 8 Poly by 16, Northwestern by 43, No. 24 Crossland by 14, Clinton Christian by 26, No. 14 Largo by 13, Fairmont Heights by 57, Forestville by 22, Croom by 76, No. 22 Crossland by 22, Surrattsville by 26, Central by 23, Tall Oaks by 56

Losses: No. 2 Gwynn Park by 5

4. New Town Titans (1) – 90 points (15-2) LW: 6 (+2)

County: Baltimore, 2A

Last week: WIN, Owing Mills by 5

Notable wins: No. 9 Perry Hall by 4, Gilman by 2, Calvert Hall by 7, Whitman by 23, Carver A&T by 87, Western Tech by 34, Loch Raven by 20, Hereford by 37, No. 23 Dundalk by 5, Dulaney by 25, Owing Mills by 5

Losses: No. 8 Poly by 12, Catonsville by 1

5. Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets – 88 points (17-1) LW: 2 (-3)

County: Prince George’s, 2A

Last week: LOSS, No. 17 Largo by 2; WIN, Tall Oaks by 27

Notable wins: Northern by 29, Forestville by 20, Crossland by 16, Urbana by 18, No. 5 Douglass by 5, CMIT by 46, Crooms by 38, Central by 4, Tall Oaks by 27

Losses: No. 17 Largo by 2

6. Baltimore Polytechnic Engineers – 88 points (11-3) LW: 7 (+1)

County: Baltimore City, 3A

Lat week: WIN, Dunbar by 15; WIN, No. 18 Lake Clifton by 9

Notable wins: No. 6 New Town by 12, Edmondson-Westside by 31, St. Maria Goretti by 10, No. 17 Baltimore City College by 23, Patterson by 16, Chaminade-Julienne (Oh.) by 3, Patterson by 13, No. 17 City by 9, Dunbar by 15, No. 18 Lake Clifton by 9

Losses: No. 5 Douglass (PG) by 16, Capitol Christian Academy by 3, No. 9 Perry Hall by 2

7. Oakland Mills Scorpions – 82 points (16-2) LW: 4 (-3)

County: Howard, 2A

Last week: WIN, Howard by 18; LOSS, No. 11 Hammond by 3

Notable wins: Wilde Lake by 24, Mt. Hebron by 25, Howard by 35, Centennial by 3, Glenelg by 37, No. 11 Hammond by 6, Winters Mill by 9, River Hill by 20, Atholton by 46, Reservoir by 47, No. 25 Centennial by 9, Mt. Hebron by 40, Howard by 18

Losses: Glenelg Country by 11, No. 11 Hammond by 3

8. Quince Orchard Cougars – 76 points (17-2) LW: 9 (+1)

County: Montgomery, 4A

Last week: WIN, Watkins Mill by 29; WIN, Poolesville by 32

Notable wins: Wootton by 23, No. 18 Springbrook by 11, Avalon by 45, Frederick by 29, Gaithersburg by 3, Poolesville by 55, Seneca Valley by 17, Damascus by 43, Gaithersburg by 31, Watkins Mill by 29, Poolesville by 32

Losses: No. 20 Bethesda-Chevy Chase by 1, Clarksburg by 3

9. Linganore Lancers – 70 points (17-1) LW: 10 (+1)

County: Frederick, 3A

Last week: WIN, Thomas Johnson by 8; WIN, Urbana by 15

Notable wins: No. 19 Middletown by 25, Catoctin by 49, Walkersville by 47, South Hagerstown by 23, No. 21 Tuscarora by 8, South Lakes (Va.) by 4, Cesar Chavez (D.C.) by 7, Oakdale by 8, Urbana by 28, Winters Mill by 10, Brunswick by 25, Oakdale by 2

Losses: No. 20 Tuscarora by 5

10. Hammond Golden Bears – 66 points (15-3) LW: 11 (+1)

County: Howard, 3A

Last week: WIN, No. 4 Oakland Mills by 3; WIN, Centennial by 6

Notable wins: Howard by 23, Centennial by 14, Atholton by 24, Marriotts Ridge by 33, Randallstown by 21, Digital Harbor by 47, Long Reach by 22, No. 4 Oakland Mills by 3, Centennial by 6

Losses: No. 4 Oakland Mills by 6, Mt. Hebron by 1, Dunbar by 18

Friday, February 19
Gwynn Park 67 Oxon Hill 54 DMV Elite Video

 Gwynn Park vs. Oxon Hill

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Highlights from Gwynn Park's 67-54 win at Oxon Hill on February 18, 2016. Includes interviews with Gwynn Park 2017 guard Justin Faison and 2016 forward Isaiah Miles. 

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Thursday, February 11
FULL HIGHLIGHTS Largo’s Buzzer-Beater Win over Gwynn Park Cap Hoops




FULL HIGHLIGHTS Largo’s Buzzer-Beater Win over Gwynn Park 12/10/2016

Brandywine, MD was the place to be on Wed night as the teams exchanged lead down the stretch and into OT. It was Largo who would get the W on a buzzer-beater 3 in OT by senior Christian Caldwell.

FULL HIGHLIGHTS Largo’s Buzzer-Beater Win over Gwynn Park 12/10/2016 Capitol Hoops Basketball February 11, 2016 7:24 am Brandywine, MD was the place to be on Wed night as the teams exchanged lead down the stretch and into OT. It was Largo who would get the W on a buzzer-beater 3 in OT by senior Christian Caldwell.

Saturday, February 6
Aaron Parker helps Gwynn Park hang tough to edge Central and stay perfect

Aaron Parker helps Gwynn Park hang tough to edge Central and stay perfect

The Yellow Jackets’ road game at Central was tied with less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter, and Parker recognized drastic measures were necessary. No. 7 Gwynn Park had arrived with a perfect record, but everything from the whistles that made the visitors throw up their hands to the barrage of three-pointers the Falcons were pouring in seemed to foreshadow an upset.

As he hovered near the rim, Parker wasn’t having it. He switched the basketball to his left hand underneath the basket and whipped in a layup to take the final lead of a gutsy, 79-75 win on Friday night in Capitol Heights.

“I don’t usually make it, but I just went for it,” Parker said. “I knew we was going to win then. I knew it was over.”

Parker took over in the second half, bulling his way into the paint and dropping 16 of his 28 points in the third quarter of the Prince George’s County 3A/2A/1A conference

During a back-and-forth first quarter, Gwynn Park senior guard Marlon White started hot. He drained three three-pointers and scored 10 of his 15 points in the first eight minutes.

Gwynn Park (16-0, 9-0 Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A) settled down and controlled the game for much of the second quarter, but Central ended the half on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 36 heading into halftime. That surge was highlighted by a deep three from senor Daquan Simmons (16 points).

Central (10-3, 6-3) took the lead late in the third quarter behind back-to-back threes from junior Trent Dixon, one of the Falcons’ brainy players whom Coach Lawrence Pugh said he trusts to take smart shots. Dixon finished with 16 points and drew dances from his home stands with his accuracy.

“We did a good job of getting the crowd involved,” Dixon said. “They just fought back.”

Junior Javani Brown broke away in transition to lead Central with 17 points. His last drive brought the Falcons within a bucket of tying the game for the tenth time, but Parker answered with another hesitation move at the rim.

After the game, Parker was pumping his fist, and Gwynn Park Coach Mike Glick could finally relax.

“I just think this is the best basketball county in the United States, and I think we’ve got the best public basketball in the state of Maryland,” Glick said. “This typifies how good the public schools are. Every game’s a battle.”

Sunday, January 31
MSA Top-25 boys basketball rankings: Jan. 31st – Feb. 6th GP # 2

MSA Top-25 boys basketball rankings: Jan. 31st – Feb. 6th

MSA Top-25 boys basketball rankings: Jan. 31st – Feb. 6th

It wasn’t the most ideal week for athletes across Maryland as Winter Storm Jonas dumped nearly three feet of snow throughout the state. And though that was the case, cleanup crews were able to shovel and dig their way out of the “snowpocalypse” to at least be able to get in one day of athletic events on Saturday, January 30th.

Not much has changed in our basketball rankings for the past week. No. 4 Oakland Mills cruised to a convincing 47-point win over Reservoir while Kennedy trumped No. 18 Springbrook in our upset of the week.

No. 10 Quince Orchard and No. 11 Hammond both earned 17-point victories. Springbrook dropped out of the Top-25 while Centennial entered the 25th slot.

Every Monday, Maryland Sports Access will provide boys basketball rankings from the regions of Baltimore, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s.

Teams from those regions are compiled and ranked Associated Press style based off of how the panel feels about where they stand up to date.

Panel: Kyle McFadden, MSA Co-Founder; Ben Spector, MSA writer; Kendall Hilton, Co-Founder of Fan-I Sports; Marcus Helton, DMVelite Editor-in-Chief

1. Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders (3) – 103 points (14-2) LW: 1

County: Prince George’s, 4A

Last week: none

Notable wins: Northwestern by 36, No. 3 Wise by 2, High Point by 26, La Plata by 44, Laurel by 36, DuVal by 36, Bladensburg by 31, No. 15 C.H. Flowers by 6, Suitland by 40, No. 25 Bowie by 4

Losses: DeMatha by 22, Bishop McNamara by 5

2. Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets – 95 points (13-0) LW: 2

County: Prince George’s, 2A

Last week: none

Notable wins: Northern by 29, Forestville by 20, Crossland by 16, Urbana by 18, No. 5 Douglass by 5, CMIT by 46, Crooms by 38

Losses: none

3. Oakland Mills Scorpions – 92 points (13-1) LW: T4 (+1)

County: Howard, 2A

Last week: WIN, Reservoir by 47

Notable wins: Wilde Lake by 24, Mt. Hebron by 25, Howard by 35, Centennial by 3, Glenelg by 37, No. 11 Hammond by 6, Winters Mill by 9, River Hill by 20, Atholton by 46, Reservoir by 47

Losses: Glenelg Country by 11

4. Douglass Eagles – 91 points (10-1) LW: T4

County: Prince George’s, 2A

Last week: none

Notable wins: No. 8 Poly by 16, Northwestern by 43, No. 24 Crossland by 14, Clinton Christian by 26, No. 14 Largo by 13, Fairmont Heights by 57, Forestville by 22

Losses: No. 2 Gwynn Park by 5

5. Dr. Henry A. Wise Pumas – 90 points (9-3) LW: 3 (-2)

County: Prince George’s, 4A

Last week: none

Notable wins: Miller by 9 (Va.), DuVal by 47, Kent County by 22, West Charlotte (N.C.) by 21, No. 15 C.H. Flowers by 38, Suitland by 52, Bladensburg by 13, Parkdale by 34, No. 25 Bowie by 1

Losses: DeMatha by 13, No. 1 Eleanor Roosevelt by 2, Riverdale Baptist by 21

Wednesday, January 13
GP uses 2-3 to repel Douglass 72-67

GP uses 2-3 to repel Douglass






Ron Bailey, Publisher


Zone made a difference.


January 15, 2015 - Known for his multitude of defensive pressures, Gwynn Park head coach Mike Glick took a different avenue against similarly undefeated, arch and neighborhood rival Douglass Tuesday night; his team played variations of a 2-3 zone all evening, riding the scheme to a 72-67 win in front of a packed home crowd.

"You have to pick your poison with those guys" said Glick afterward, in his joyous locker room. "We wanted to pack it in and make them shoot". On eschewing his trademark pressure, Glick noted "We wanted to make them earn it".

Isaiah Miles, on the attack.

Part of that was altering the 2-3, raising the baseline center big to the foul line. Doing so, noted Douglass junior point guard Don Carey helped make it "hard to get the ball inside". It also nullified Douglass' high low attack.

Up 46-33 to start the fourth quarter, junior guard Justin Faison got started, including getting to the line three consecutive times. He finished with 25 points and five assists, including going 10-11 from the charity stripe.

"My coach said I can thrive in this environment" shared Faison of his fourth quarter heroics, also admitting "Sometimes when my offense gets going, so does my defense", as the point guard ended up with a couple of steals also. Aiding him and his team's closing out the game was another change to their 2-3 zone, this time extending it in the half court and trapping out of it.

A thorn in their side during the last eight minutes was Carey, who led Douglass with 17 points, 11 notched in the fourth period. Senior forward Cam Hayes led Douglass with 19 points, though lamented "We didn't play hard enough", citing "They outrebounded us" as proof.

"This was a special moment" opined Faison, in his first year at GP after transferring from McNamara - the fan support tonight was incredible. "We feel like we can beat anybody. But we're not content".

Glick was one happy coach, beaming "I'm so proud of how our team responded" to every Douglass charge; the squad never trailed in the second half, though at one point had only a single point advantage.

Gwynn Park 11-0 and atop the PG 3A/2A/1A standings, next faces Chesapeake Math and IT on the road Friday, a 5:30p start. Tuesday senior forward Isaiah Miles flirted with a triple double, dropping 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight dimes.

Douglass (8-1, 2-1) hosts league foe Forestville at 7p, tonight as well.

Recruiting Update:

Isaiah Miles, 6'4", 195 pound senior forward, Gwynn Park (MD) - Multifaceted, Miles can do some of everything - pass, rebound, hit shots and defend. He's a rugged performer who makes winning plays. Can finish.

Indicated recruiters want to see him stop and pop more. Also needs a little more wiggle in his drives, as now Miles bruises his way to the rim.

Lebanon Valley was in the house to scout him. Marymount and Shenendoah have shown interest.

Coaches Present:

Delaware - assistant Chris Cheeks
George Mason - HC Dave Paulsen
Lebanon Valley - assistant Will Cabrera

Wednesday, January 13
Justin Faison, Gwynn Park step up in gritty win over No. 6 Douglass 72-67

Justin Faison, Gwynn Park step up in gritty win over No. 6 Douglass

January 12 at 10:33 PM

Gwynn Park junior Justin Faison walked onto his home court Tuesday night for pregame warm-ups, heard the roar of an overflow crowd that had filled the bleachers midway through the preceding junior varsity game and realized his decision to return to public school had been a good one.

“It was a special moment,” he said. “When I saw the crowd was packed, and everybody came just to see our team play, I feel like we arrived.”

Faison and company spent the next two hours proving they belong in the conversation among the Washington area’s top boys’ basketball teams this season. In a battle of unbeaten Prince George’s County rivals, No. 9 Gwynn Park answered every challenge and pulled out a 72-65 win over No. 6 Douglass in Brandywine.

But it was the way in which the Yellow Jackets accomplished the feat, keeping their poise after a late Douglass rally, that could carry meaning well beyond Tuesday.

Faison, who transferred to Gwynn Park this fall after playing for McNamara’s JV team last year, finished with a game-high 22 points, and 11 of them came in the fourth quarter. The point guard knifed into the lane at will during the final five minutes of action, and went 10 of 11 from the free throw line for the contest.

Forward Isaiah Miles added 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, controlling the paint and slamming home a couple thunderous jams while Douglass struggled to penetrate Gwynn Park’s 2-3 zone defense.

A three-point play by Faison sparked a 9-2 run that allowed Gwynn Park (11-0, 4-0 Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A) to eventually open a 64-55 lead with less than three minutes to go in regulation.

Coach Michael Glick “said that you can thrive in these moments, so I took that to heart, and I feel like I could finish at the rim whenever I wanted to,” Faison said.

But Douglass (8-1, 4-1) didn’t wilt, and the Eagles mounted a frantic charge behind junior Donald Carey. He promptly scored five of his 15 points in a five-second span to bring the Eagles back within striking distance. When junior Savion Ward hit a three-pointer from the wing with 1 minute 20 seconds left, they had suddenly trimmed the deficit to two.         

Gwynn Park never lost its cool, though, as three different players, including Faison, combined to score seven of the final nine points to ice the game.

“It seems like a different kid steps up every game,” Glick said.

Afterward, all the talk was about how these two neighboring schools might not meet again until the Maryland 2A South region final. They only face one another once this regular season because of the addition of several vocational schools to Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A league play this winter.

The stakes were evident from the opening tip, as Douglass senior Cameron Hayes scored for 10 of his 21 points in the first quarter. But the Yellow Jackets were undeterred, despite losing to the Eagles three times last year. They went on an 11-0 surge when Faison hit consecutive three-pointers to give them the lead for good.

This, after all, was a moment he had been waiting for.

Wednesday, January 13
No. 6 Gwynn Park stays perfect as they down No. 1 Douglass, 72-67

No. 6 Gwynn Park stays perfect as they down No. 1 Douglass, 72-67

No. 6 Gwynn Park stays perfect as they down No. 1 Douglass, 72-67

BRANDYWINE- When Michael Glick sits down to formulate a specialized weekly game-plan, he doesn’t cut any corners. The Perry Hall head basketball coach knows that the luxury of having all the experience a coach could possibly dream of is right in front of him. And playing host to one of the county’s most white-knuckled rivalries, he knows what to expect.

The elbow to elbow, full capacity crowds; deafening cheers; intensity filled atmosphere with college coach’s abroad all sits well with Glick and his Yellow Jacket basketball team. On Tuesday night, every single one of those things occurred inside the sold out Gywnn Park gymnasium.

Though the game never ballooned to anything higher than a double-digit lead, No. 6 Gwynn Park led for all but half of the first quarter to down No. 1 Douglass, 72-67.

“It came down to our players resilience,” Glick said, who improves to a perfect 11-0 heading to the second half of the season. “We continued to score and not let up. What you saw our there was just terrific basketball between two county rivals.”

When Douglass had a golden opportunity to seize the moment, Gwynn Park rose to the occasion to prevent any chance of that happening. And a large part of those timely boosts came from senior’s Isaiah Miles, Kollin Mitchell and junior Justin Faison.

The three varsity veterans accounted for 53 of the Yellow Jackets’ 72 points and fueled a run-and-gun transition game that was firing on all cylinders for the entirety of 32 minutes.

“Our main focus was to pack in our zone so it would make things difficult for Douglass and fill the lanes in transition,” Miles said, a senior who nearly turned in a triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. “We just keep pounding on our craft everyday.”

Douglass then cut that down to one point with a chance at taking their first lead since the 4:12 mark in the opening quarter, but a costly turnover doomed that possibility. The Yellow Jackets high-motored transition game instantly made the Eagles pay, as Faison completed an old-fashioned three-point play to push their lead to 55-51 with four minutes remaining.

After that, Douglass was “strapped” down offensively due to the stiffling Gywnn Park zone defense. With 37 seconds left, another opportunity to cut it the game back down to a one possession game presented itself in the wake of Douglass, but like numerous of previous chances, it was the Yellow Jackets that emerged on the play-making end.

Mitchell picked up the misdirected pass to glide in the for another fast break layup that proved to be the nail in the coffin.

Donald Carey paced Douglass with 21 points. Meanwhile, the loss drops the Eagles to 8-1.

“We just take it day by day and happen to be 11 and 0,” Glick said, “Our team is very loose, that doesn’t get to us. We’re ready for the second half of the season.”

Wednesday, January 13
Gwynn Park Downs Douglass in sold-out playoff atmosphere in Brandywine

# 9 Gwynn Park 72 vs # 6 Douglass 67 

Gwynn Park never trailed in the second half in their loan regular season match-up of the year with 2A rival Douglass. Isaiah Miles almost triple-doubled as he went for 18, 10, and 8. The Yellow-Jackets were led by junior transfer Justin Faison who led all scorers with 22. Cameron Hayes led Douglass with 21.

Tuesday, January 12
Gwynn Park 72 vs Douglass DMV Elite Video


Gwynn Park vs. Douglass

Gwynn Park Beats Douglass -

Video of Gwynn Park Beats Douglass -

Highlights from Gwynn Park's 72-67 home win over rival Douglass on January 12, 2016. Includes interviews with Gwynn Park's Justin Faison, Isaiah Miles, Kollin Mitchell and head coach Michael Glick.

Highlights from Gwynn Park's 72-67 home win over rival Douglass on January 12, 2016. Includes interviews with Gwynn Park's Justin Faison, Isaiah Miles, Kollin Mitchell and head coach Michael Glick.

Tuesday, January 12
Gwynn Park 72 vs Douglass 67 Capitol Hoops Video



Gwynn Park Downs Douglass in sold-out playoff atmosphere in Brandywine 1/12/16

Gwynn Park never trailed in the second half in their loan regular season match-up of the year with 2A rival Douglass. Isaiah Miles almost triple-doubled as he went for 18, 10, and 8. The Yellow-Jackets were led by junior transfer Justin Faison who led all scorers with 22. Cameron Hayes led Douglass with 21.


Gwynn Park Downs Douglass in sold-out playoff atmosphere in Brandywine 1/12/16 Gwynn Park never trailed in the second half in their loan regular season match-up of the year with 2A rival Douglass. Isaiah Miles almost triple-doubled as he went for 18, 10, and 8. The Yellow-Jackets were led by junior transfer Justin Faison who led all scorers with 22. Cameron Hayes led Douglass with 21.








Tuesday, January 12
CAPITOL HOOPS PLAY OF THE DAY - Gwynn Park’s Isaiah Miles 1/12/16

CAPITOL HOOPS PLAY OF THE DAY – Gwynn Park’s Isaiah Miles 1/12/16

We go to Brandywine, MD for today’s play of the day where Gwynn Park senior forward Isaiah Miles was 2 assists shy of a triple-double, and had this emphatic dunk in the first half for his Yellow-Jackets who went on to beat Douglass by 5.

Tuesday, January 12
Boys’ basketball Top 20: DeMatha reclaims No. 1 spot; Episcopal, Gwynn Park, Wakefield crack top 10

Boys’ basketball Top 20: DeMatha reclaims No. 1 spot; Episcopal, Gwynn Park, Wakefield crack top 10



January 11

1. DeMatha (13-2) LW: 3

The Stags reclaimed the top spot after capping a tough two-week stretch with a come-from-behind, 59-57 win at No. 2 St. John’s to take over first place in the WCAC.

2. St. John’s (14-2) LW: 2

The Cadets pulled out a gritty win against then-No. 1 Gonzaga as Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 29 points before suffering a narrow loss to DeMatha on Saturday.

3. Gonzaga (11-2) LW: 1

The Eagles dropped an overtime contest at No. 2 St. John’s but bounced back to rout then-No. 9 McNamara at home as Chris Lykes scored 32 points.

4. H.D. Woodson (17-0) LW: 4

Sophomore Derquan Washington scored 22 points in the Warriors’ 59-51 win over IDEA at the Nation’s Capital Hoop Classic Saturday.

5. National Christian (13-1) LW: 5

Senior guard Timothy Bing had a season-high 18 points and five assists as the Eagles beat then-No. 10 Riverdale Baptist, 73-52, in Capital Beltway League play Saturday.

6. Douglass (8-0) LW: 6

The Eagles jumped out to a 31-6 first-quarter lead in their 92-36 win over Fairmont Heights Friday and five different players scored at least 12 points.

7. Westfield (9-2) LW: 8

The Bulldogs remained on a roll, cruising to victories against Potomac Falls and Robinson and stretching their win streak to eight games.

8. Episcopal (11-2) LW: 11

Following a two-week break, the Maroon won three games last week, including a come-from-behind win against Maret led by 21 points from George Mawanda-Kalema.

9. Gwynn Park (10-0) LW: 12

The Yellow Jackets are off to their best start since the 2007-08 season, but face their toughest test yet when they host No. 6 Douglass Tuesday night.

10. Wakefield (13-0) LW: 13

In two wins against Edison and Jefferson, Halil Parks averaged 19 points, extending the Warriors’ unbeaten start.

 Host B.J. Koubaroulis runs through the top plays from the week of basketball in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. (Nick Plum for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

11. McNamara (10-5) LW: 9

In between wins against then-No. 7 Paul VI and Carroll, the Mustangs were routed by then-No. 1 Gonzaga on the road in WCAC play.

12. Riverdale Baptist (16-5) LW: 10

The Crusaders avenged an earlier loss to Middleburg Academy last Monday in a 72-61 win before losing to No. 5 National Christian Saturday.

13. Eleanor Roosevelt (9-2) LW: 14

Senior Naji Marshall had 26 points and 10 rebounds in the Raiders’ 73-65 win over Coolidge at the Nation’s Capital Hoop Classic Saturday.

14. West Springfield (10-1) LW: 15

The Spartans survived a close contest with South County for a 59-58 win before defeating Mount Vernon behind Brock Vaughn’s 14 points.

15. Potomac (Va.) (11-1) LW: 16

Five three-pointers apiece from Jamal Washington and Shamar Johnson helped the Panthers pull away for a 57-45 win over Woodbridge on Saturday.

16. Champe (8-1) LW: 17 Senior forward Kuony Deng leads Loudoun County in scoring at 22.2 points per game as the Knights head into Tuesday’s pivotal game at Loudoun Valley with five straight wins.1

17. Theodore Roosevelt (14-1) LW: 19 Guard Brandon Howell hit four three-pointers and scored 22 points as the Rough Riders edged Bowie, 56-53, Saturday for their 13th win in a row.

18. Tuscarora (13-1) LW: 20 The Huskies trailed by two heading into the fourth quarter before rallying for an 89-85 win at Conference 14 rival Broad Run. Dalaynte Blaylock’s 20 points led four scorers in double digits.

19. Oakland Mills (11-1) LW: NR The Scorpions re-enter the Top 20 after rattling off six-straight wins since their lone loss this year, five of which came by nine or more points.

20. Paul VI (9-5) LW: 7 The Panthers dropped three games last week, snapping their six-game win streak with losses to then-No. 9 McNamara, Good Counsel and nationally ranked Oak Hill.

Dropped out: No. 16 Lake Braddock (8-3)

On the bubble: Georgetown Prep (10-2), St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (10-3), Quince Orchard (9-1), Thurgood Marshall (13-2).

Monday, January 4
Gwynn Park Rises to # 12 In Washington Post

 Boys’ basketball Top 20: Gonzaga takes over at No. 1, surging Westfield rejoins rankings


 1. Gonzaga (10-1) LW: 3

The Eagles take over the top spot after winning the Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Classic and rallying to beat Neumann-Goretti (Pa.) for their fifth straight victory.

2. St. John’s (12-1) LW: 2
The Cadets upended nationally ranked Mater Dei (Calif.) at the Beach Ball Classic in South Carolina before falling to another nationally ranked foe, Montverde (Fla.), in the final.

3. DeMatha (10-2) LW: 1

Led by Markelle Fultz’s 20 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, the Stags beat Seattle power Garfield at the Les Schwab Invitational in Oregon but lost their next two games to nationally ranked Oak Hill and Montverde.

4. H.D. Woodson (15-0) LW: 4

The Warriors needed a last-second free throw in overtime by sophomore Kiyon Boyd to escape with a 63-62 win against Bishop Ireton Saturday at the Uptown Hoopfest.

5. National Christian (10-1) LW: 5

All-Met Christian Matthews had 34 points as the Eagles capped off a 3-0 showing at the Governor’s Challenge with a 72-64 win over Legacy Charter (S.C.) last Wednesday.

6. Douglass (6-0) LW: 6

Senior Cameron Hayes had 26 points when the Eagles beat rival Largo, 88-75, on Dec. 21. They haven’t played since after their holiday tournament was cancelled.

7. Paul VI (9-2) LW: 7

Led by VJ King and Corey Manigault, the Panthers ran their win streak to six games, including victories against Roselle Catholic (N.J.) and Neumann-Goretti (Pa.).

8. Westfield (7-2) LW: NR

For the second straight year, host Westfield won the Bulldog Bash, this time defeating Landstown in overtime behind Tyler Scanlon’s 33 points.

9. McNamara (8-4) LW: 9

Ernest Jenkins twice scored 19 points during the Mustangs’ three-game win streak before a one-point loss to Oxbridge (Fla.) in the Mustang Invitational final.

10. Riverdale Baptist (15-4) LW: 10

Forward Cyril Ogbuagu had 21 points as the Crusaders defeated Coolidge, 100-74, for their fifth-straight win since a loss to Middleburg Academy on Dec. 23.

Blake Francis (0) has picked up his production following the return of Westfield’s football contingent as the Bulldogs have won six straight. (Pete Marovich/For The Washington Post)
Naji Marshall (3) and Eleanor Roosevelt knocked off defending Maryland 4A champion Meade to take the Rt. 175 Classic title. (Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post)

11. Episcopal (8-2) LW: 13

Following a two-week break, the Maroon return to action this week with games against John Paul the Great, The Heights and Maret.

12. Gwynn Park (8-0) LW: 18

The Yellow Jackets are off to their best start since 2007-08 after wins over Magruder and Urbana last week.

13. Wakefield (10-0) LW: 19

The Warriors extended their undefeated start by riding Halil Parks’ 22 points in a 65-63 win over Robinson in the George Long Holiday Tournament.

14. Eleanor Roosevelt (6-2) LW: 20

Forward Trent Bishop had 17 points as the Raiders knocked off defending Maryland 4A state champion Meade, 62-54, in the Rt. 175 Classic final last week.

15. West Springfield (8-1) LW: 12

The Spartans saw a 14-point lead evaporate in a Dec. 29 loss to Landstown but they rebounded to beat St. Albans the next day to earn third place at the Bulldog Bash.

16. Potomac (Va.) (10-1) LW: 8

Without point guard Elyjah Camp in the lineup, the Panthers fell to St. Albans 51-35 in the first round of the Bulldog Bash but rebounded with wins over Patriot and Forest Park.

17. Champe (6-1) LW: NR

Senior forward Kuony Deng had 32 points and six blocks as the Knights knocked off then-No. 11 Lake Braddock to win the Glory Days Grill Tournament of Champions.

18. Lake Braddock (8-1) LW: 11

Despite a 35-point effort from James Butler, the host Bruins fell 85-75 to Champe in the Glory Days Grill Tournament of Champions final for their first loss.

19. Theodore Roosevelt (11-1) LW: NR

The Rough Riders put up 35 points in the second quarter of their 85-75 win against IDEA Saturday night at the Uptown Hoopfest.

20. Tuscarora (11-1) LW: NR

Swingman Kyle Copeland became the first player in school history to score 1,000 points as the Huskies won both their games at the Park View Holiday Tournament.

Dropped out: No. 14 St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (8-3), No. 15 Glenelg Country (9-3), No. 16 O’Connell (8-5), No. 17 Meade (6-2)

On the bubble: Oakland Mills (8-1), Patuxent (8-1), St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes, Middleburg Academy (11-3)

Tuesday, December 22
PG basketball notebook: Douglass has its point man, Aaron Parker bolsters Gwynn Park
December 21 at 6:00 PM

One mid-major men’s college basketball assistant sat down courtside Saturday afternoon at North Point, looked at a roster and surveyed the court. He did not come to see the leading scorer for No. 6 Douglass. Instead, he’d been tipped off about the Eagles’ point guard.

Junior Donald Carey went from a scrawny 6-foot-1 to a long and strong 6-foot-3 this past offseason, and might be an emerging force for Douglass, a state championship contender that brought back much of the nucleus from last year’s 2A South region finalist team. Carey has averaged more than 10 points, five rebounds and five assists through five games.

“This year, he’s just on a whole new level,” said leading scorer Cameron Hayes, who had a game-high 25 points when the Eagles beat Clinton Christian, 82-56, Saturday afternoon.

Carey played significant minutes a year ago, when Douglass lost in overtime to eventual 2A state champion Oakland Mills, and “we talk about how we were one play away,” Coach Tyrone Massenburg said.

But another year spent in the weight room, another inch or two on his frame and a summer spent playing for The District on the AAU circuit paid off for Carey.

“Before, I was non-chalant,” he said. “Now, I’m attacking more, and choosing when to attack, and what situations.”

Carey is now a nightly matchup problem, with length to bother opposing point guards and finish at the rim on offense. Along with senior Zion Cousins, who had 22 points and 10 rebounds Saturday, senior Dalton Smith and Hayes, the Eagles’ core will be as experienced as any in the state this year.

But the most important piece could the player scouts are only just learning about. When the college coach left Waldorf Saturday, once Carey had scored 12 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out five assists, he made sure to say hi to all of Carey’s coaches on the way out.

“He’s been one of the major reasons we’ve had success so far,” Massenburg said. “He’s been the leader of our team.”

Parker picks up quickly for Gwynn Park

Gwynn Park football star Aaron Parker recalled his first few games back on the basketball court this past month with a smile, and without hesitation: “I got a lot of traveling calls. Still thought I was on the football field.”

But Parker is making the transition to the hardwood look much easier after leading No. 18 Gwynn Park (5-0) in scoring during its past two wins over Eastern and Northwestern. The Eastern Michigan linebacker recruit is part of a balanced and experienced roster that has set its sights on a state championship this winter to make up for the one that didn’t materialize this fall. Last week, senior guard Marlon White scored a season-high 35 points in a win over Broadneck. Gwynn Park returned six of its seven leading scorers from last’s year team.

“We have all the pieces,” said Parker, a second-team All-Met selection in football. “We got scorers, passers, shot blockers.”

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.

Saturday, December 19
Gwynn Park defeated Northwestern 57-44
WALDORF – Gwynn Park defeated Northwestern 57-44 on Dec. 19. Gwynn Park senior guard Aaron Parker led his team in scoring with 17 points and also pulled down eight rebounds to boot. Another player who shined was Gwynn Park senior guard Marlon White. White scored 14 points, grabbed four rebounds, and tallied one assist to help lead his team to victory. Westlake took down Potomac 71-55 on Dec. 19. Despite falling in the contest, Potomac showcased two solid talents at the DMW Tipoff at North Point High School. Gary Robertson led his squad in scoring with 19 points and accounted for four assists and two rebounds. Andre Dixon also had an impressive performance with 15 points, four rebounds, and an assist. Douglass defeated Clinton Christian 82-56 on Dec. 19. Douglass senior Cameron Hayes was a scoring machine with 25 points. Teammate Zion Cousins also scored in double-figures with 22 points to help lead the Eagles to victory. Eleanor Roosevelt squeaked out a tight 53-51 win against St. Mary’s Ryken on Dec. 19. Eleanor Roosevelt senior guard Naji Marshall had a masterful performance. Marshall led the Raiders in scoring with 16 points. Eleanor Roosevelt senior forward Trent Bishop scored in double-figures as well with 12 points. Riverdale Baptist dominated Wise 49-28 on Dec. 19. Baptist senior point guard Jamal Wright led his team in scoring with 13 points and also accounted for five rebounds and four assists. Baptist senior guard Curtis Williams also put together a strong performance with 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists. In college football news, No. 21 Navy accepted its bid to play against the University of Pittsburgh in the Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Memorial Stadium Annapolis on Dec. 28 at 2:30 p.m.

Friday, December 18
Big third quarter secures GP win in DC 73-67

Big third quarter secures GP win in DC






Ron Bailey, Publisher


Defense turned the tide.


December 17, 2015 - Teams from the DCIAA and PG 2A/3A leagues rarely matchup, but tonight was different, as Maryland's Gwynn Park traveled to Capitol Hill extended, where Eastern was waiting to host them. The visitors prevailed in an exciting, 73-67 win.

Things picked up after a 30-30, intermission score. Gwynn Park head coach Mike Glick revealed the game's seminal strategy move wasn't his choice, as "Assistant coach Spencer Way made the call of the game by suggesting changing to a 1-2-2 3/4 press. I thought this changed the flow of the game, propelled us to the decisive run". Interestingly enough GP deployed multiple presses/traps in the first half, including full court man and trap, trap at half court, and 2-1-2, though they were not as effective.

Justin Faison, during first half action.

Glick's guys used that 1-2-2 to spur a 17-2 spurt by the quarter's 3:05 mark; Gwynn Park was able to get stops/steals, converting them on the other side of the floor not only just on fast breaks, but half court three pointers and drives to the rim also.

"They're guards were super aggressive" said Eastern's senior forward, Jamarko Pickett (13 points), also noting secondary Gwynn Park defenders attacked the ball as well.

Closing the third quarter and into the fourth, Eastern started picking up their pressure, face guarding GP junior point guard Justin Faison (12 points, three assists). The result was the home team coming within one point, 53-52, after senior guard Derrick Porter's layup. He would end up leading the game in scoring with 18 points, and along with sophomore guard Devin Thomas spearheaded their team's attack on both ends of the floor.

Glick's crew is a veteran one - four of his double figure scorers were seniors - and consequently knows how to respond. His did, led by football standout and forward Aaron Parker, who scored six of the squad's next 12 points, finishing with a team high 14. GP held on for victory.

Joining Faison, the junior, and Parker in scoring over nine points for Gwynn Park (4-0) were Isaiah Miles (10 points, 10 rebounds), Marlon White (12 points) and Kollin Mitchell (10 points), a forward, guard and guard, respectively.

Senior forward Ike Dickerson had 12 points for Eastern (0-5), joining Porter and Pickett in the double figure scoring club.

Both teams have short turnarounds, as Gwynn Park next plays Saturday at North Point HS's DMV Tip-Off Classic . PG 4A league Northwestern is the foe, while the two teams tip at 10:30a.

Eastern hosts neighborhood rival Phelps tomorrow, an 8p start. To it's credit, the team has not practiced in over a week, and is getting its proverbial sea legs back.

Recruiting Notes:

Justin Faison - 5'9", 145 pound junior point guard, Gwynn Park (MD) - A transfer from McNamara, Faison has made a splash at Gwynn Park, directing the squad. Glick is happy to have him.

"Junior Justin Faison has been an impact player in directing the team and being a floor general for us" said Glick, who believes Faison "definitely has the potential to be a scholarship player", one who may be able to ascend to the Division I level "if he can develop his outside shooting and strength".

An accurate assessment based on tonight. His shooting seems to be improving already - the point man canned a pair of three pointers.

Jamarko Pickett - 6'7", 178 pound senior forward, Eastern (DC) - An enigma of sorts, many have heard of Pickett, but due to not playing high level travel team ball and the DCIAA being constantly overlooked for other leagues, recruiters and scouts haven't really seen him play much.

Pickett is a long forward with great passing skills, a deft shooting touch, long arms and overall fluidity. He has both some tools and skills.

Where Jamarko needs to improve is strength -wise; he doesn't bang much, and can get knocked off his line dribbling. Speaking of ball handling, Pickett can pat the rock, but despite leaning over his center of gravity is too high and doesn't bull by people, including in open floor situations. Both can be improved by more strength and practice.

He's clearly got the chops to play college ball. Where and what level depends on his focus and willingness to improve.

Could very well attend prep school next year.


Tuesday, December 15
Gwynn Park Cracks The Washington Post Top 20

Boys’ basketball Top 20: National Christian, H.D. Woodson, Potomac (Va.) rise up

1. DeMatha (6-0) Last ranked: 1

Reigning WCAC player of the year Markelle Fultz and the Stags are off to another hot start with wins over preseason Top 20 teams Eleanor Roosevelt and Wise.

2. St. John’s (6-0) LR: 3

Maryland signee Anthony Cowan Jr. is averaging 24.8 points to lead the Cadets to an unbeaten start that included wins against then-No. 6 Paul VI and No. 11 O’Connell.

3. National Christian (4-0) LR: 9

All-Met Christian Matthews had 25 points and Kabir Mohammed added 22 as the Eagles upset nationally-ranked API Prep at the National High School Hoops Festival.

4. Gonzaga (5-1) LR: 4

The Eagles won their first five games by double digits before falling to nationally ranked Roman Catholic (Pa.) in Sunday’s D.C. Classic final despite 34 points from Chris Lykes.

5. H.D. Woodson (7-0) LR: 13

New addition Derquan Washington averaged more than 22 points over three games as the Warriors won the Bishop Walker Invitational championship.

6. Douglass (3-0) LR: 8

Senior Cameron Hayes finished with 23 points when the Eagles started league play with a 60-46 win over Crossland on Friday.

7. Episcopal (7-0) LR: NR

Building off last season’s IAC championship win, the Maroon rolled to the Sleepy Thompson Tournament title behind the play of senior guard Nick Reed.

8. Paul VI (4-2) LR: 6

After falling to then-No. 3 St. John’s and national power API Prep at the buzzer, the Panthers bounced back with a win against Monsignor Scanlan behind V.J. King’s 24 points.

9. Potomac (Va.) (4-0) LR: 18

Jamal Washington dropped 57 points in a two-day span against Hylton and Woodbridge before the Panthers emptied the bench in an 80-48 blowout over Gar-Field on Friday.

10. Wise (1-1) LR: 5

After starting the season with an impressive win over the Miller School, the Pumas fell to No. 1 DeMatha, 66-53, on Saturday in the National High School Hoops Festival.

11. O’Connell (4-2) LR: N
Following losses to then-No. 3 St. John’s and then-No. 6 Paul VI, transfer Nate Watson has led the Knights to two straight wins over No. 12 McNamara and Bishop Ireton.

12. McNamara (4-2) LR: 14

The Mustangs faced a tough early schedule that included four preseason Top 20 teams, falling to Maret and O’Connell but beating Bullis, Riverdale Baptist and Eleanor Roosevelt.

13. Bullis (4-1) LR: 12

The host Bulldogs swept the competition at their own Holiday Classic over the weekend as Vado Morse dropped 30 points in a championship win against Spalding.

14. St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (4-1) LR: 19

Denmark Slay has led a concerted effort by the Saints, who have pulled out several close wins during their current three-game win streak.

15. Riverdale Baptist (7-3) LR: 11

The Crusaders have been well-balanced so far, with six different players who have already finished a game this season as the team’s leading scorer.

16. Lake Braddock (4-0) LR: NR

James Butler is averaging 21.3 points per game during the Bruins’ unbeaten start to the season, including 28 in a win over defending Virginia 6A North region champ Westfield.

17. West Springfield (4-0) LR: NR

In his first full season with the Spartans, Lewis Djonkam has asserted himself early, scoring at least 14 points in all four of the Spartans’ victories.

18. Oakland Mills (4-0) LR: NR

Senior guard Tre Hopkins has scored at least 19 points in three of the Scorpions’ first four games to start the season, including 20 win a win over defending state champ Centennial.

19. Meade (2-1) LR: 7

Tristan Easton exploded for 29 points in a win against Glen Burnie to help the Mustangs bounce back from a loss to Glenelg County.

20. Gwynn Park (2-0) LR: NR

Guard Justin Faison had a team-high 18 points when the Yellow Jackets beat North Point, 67-66, in an early-season test Friday night.

Saturday, December 12
Justin Faison, Gwynn Park finish off North Point 67-66 after extended ending

Justin Faison, Gwynn Park finish off North Point after extended ending

December 11 at 11:18 PM

The game was over until it wasn’t.

Everything in Brandywine indicated Gwynn Park boys’ basketball team had beaten North Point. Yellow Jackets junior Justin Faison had slashed to the hoop to sink the winning the basket, answering the Eagles’ first tie of Friday night. The clock read 0:00 when Gwynn Park left the bench and mobbed Faison. An already heated crowd inside an overflowing gym took that cue to storm the court.

The truth was two whistles away, and a bipartisan crowd in a border battle between the hosts from Prince George’s County and the visitors from Charles County had to sweat out another 1.9 seconds of basketball in a 67-66 win for Gwynn Park.

The game had not finished when Faison’s bucket went in because an official had called a shooting foul on a North Point defender. Faison had not attempted his free throw before officials called a technical foul on the Gwynn Park fans for rushing the floor.

Fans were urged back into the bleachers, players returned to the hardwood and, in a critical moment for the Yellow Jackets (2-0), Faison converted his free throw to give him a team-high 18 points.

Junior Jalen Gibbs scored the last of his 20 points at the stripe, converting both free throws to bring the Eagles (2-1) within a point with possession for the inbounds pass.

But Yellow Jackets senior Kollin Mitchell, who scored all 13 of his points in the first half, figured the Eagles would try a lob with so little time remaining. Mitchell backpedaled and skied to intercept the pass, ending the game for the second time in two seconds.

“I was hyped with the crowd. The crowd running on the court and the clock saying 0:00? I thought the game was over, time to go home,” Mitchell said. “We put too much heart and hard work into practice to lose that game.”

A tight contest could not have been predicted during a first half in which Gwynn Park led by 19. The Yellow Jackets began the game on a 12-0 run punctuated by Faison, who was pounding his chest and holstering both hands at his waist after hitting his first three.

After Faison drove through contact at the game’s first finish, he thought he had reached a milestone.

“I did think it was over. I thought it was my first game-winner,” he said. “But then they put more time on it. I just had to hit the free throw and make sure we got the ‘W.’ ”

North Point senior Malik Brown (18 points) cut the lead to 10 just before the halftime buzzer, and the Eagles came back to outscore Gwynn Park in every quarter but the first.

The Eagles started the third quarter on a 6-0 run and cut the lead to two but couldn’t force a tie until Gibbs hit a reverse layup with 23 seconds left.

“Our coach got on us a little bit in the locker room. We just had to come out with fire,” Gibbs said. “I feel like we had a good shot at the end, but the ball just didn’t go our way.”

On the final play, senior forward Isaiah Miles (12 points, 14 rebounds) threaded a pass through two defenders to find Faison and, ultimately, decide the first meeting between the two schools.

“It’s a very unusual ending, electric atmosphere, an unbelievable rivalry — I think something that has to continue,” Gwynn Park Coach Mike Glick said. “Fortunately, the game was not decided on the call.”

Friday, December 4
2015-16 Basketball preview: Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A boys

2015-16 Basketball preview: Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A boys

December 2

Top teams

Douglass (20-5), Gwynn Park (10-13), Crossland (19-5)

Top players

G Isaiah Boggs, Largo, 6-1, Sr.

G Kelvin Sellman, Crossland, 6-2, Sr.

F Cameron Hayes, Douglass, 6-5, Sr.

F Isiah Miles, Gwynn Park, 6-4, Sr.

Skinny: Douglass has several key pieces back from a team that won 20 games and lost in overtime to eventual state champion Oakland Mills in last year’s 2A South region final. Hayes averaged 17 points per game in 2014-15, emerging as one of the county’s best low post threats. The Eagles’ size will be a strength, with 6-foot-5 senior Dalton Smith and 6-foot-7 junior Zion Cousins also inside and 6-foot-3 guard Donald Carey providing length on the perimeter. . . .

Gwynn Park is poised to make a leap from a below-.500 record in 2014-15 to top contender this season. The Yellow Jackets return six of their top seven players from last year’s rotation, including four starters. Miles nearly averaged a double-double last winter (14.5 points, 9.5 rebounds) and should be a force inside playing alongside forward Aaron Parker, an Eastern Michigan football recruit, and guard Marlon White. . . .

Potomac (Md.) has no starters back, and watched star Randall Brodie move on to Memphis. But the Wolverines should have a bit more stability following a tumultuous 2014-15 campaign that saw several players transfer mid-season. Guards Ryle Burley and Gary Robertson will be much improved after receiving extensive playing time earlier than expected because of last year’s attrition. . . . Crossland had a breakthrough season under Coach John Perry last year, and Sellman returns after emerging as a top weapon in 2014-15. The Cavaliers plan to play four point guards at the same time this year, a dynamic that could make them one of the most exciting teams in the area. . . .

Largo won’t be as imposing without All-Met Player of the Year Abdulai Bundu, but the Lions shouldn’t fall too far with Boggs, one of the best finishers at the rim in the entire area, returning. . . . Fairmont Heights is starting fresh under new Coach Chuck Henry, a former Cesar Chavez assistant who also coaches for D.C. Premier during the offseason. The Hornets have just one starter back, but the hope is senior point guard Kevin Smith is on the cusp of a breakout year that will help set the foundation for seasons to come. . . .


Surrattsville has three starters back in the fold, led by senior guards Nathaniel Christian and Robert Middleton. The Hornets could move up the standings this year with the county race more wide open than last season. . . . Oxon Hill moves down to the 3A classification this season after years competing in the Prince George’s 4A division.


Thursday, May 28
Basketball teams start summer improvement projects

Basketball teams start summer improvement projects

Bowie, Gwynn Park among once-young squads with critical time in the future by Adam Gutekunst

Staff writer Gwynn Park High School coach Mike Glick is ready for another summer league of basketball.

In his decades of coaching, Gwynn Park High School boys basketball coach Mike Glick has seen almost everything. He’s coached players that headed to the next level and beyond — even the National Basketball Association — and he’s coached players who barely ever saw the court. He’s watched as experienced, coordinated teams, such as his 2013 team, made runs through the county and he’s watched young, unfamiliar players slowly try to piece together cohesiveness, much like last year’s 10-12 team did toward the end of the season. And while the return of the Yellow Jackets’ top four leading scorers and a year of invaluable experience under their belts certainly carry with it a set of unspoken expectations for next season, Glick’s expectations are unwavering. They were the same last season, when a number of Gwynn Park’s main pieces had never before played together, as they have been every year. “The expectations never change in our program,” Glick said. “Our expectations every year is to try and get to the final four and to try to win a state championship.” The path there begins in the offseason, where Glick’s group has already begun to make some noise, following an 8-1 performance in the Riverdale Baptist spring league that included teams such as Douglass, Largo, Riverdale Baptist and Potomac — most of whom will also compete in the Crusaders’ summer league. But Glick said he’s learned not to put too much stock in his team’s performances in spring and summer leagues. Sometimes success in the offseason has translated into regular season success, but it hasn’t just as many times. Instead, the Gwynn Park coach said, offseason play is more when he looks for his team to develop a togetherness they hadn’t had in seasons before. “It’s all about getting better,” Glick said. “I think everyone realizes that when you play a majority of juniors and the next season they all become seniors, [there’s] unwritten expectations … When kids have a chance to play together, they develop a cohesiveness … During the spring, summer, and fall, we’re trying to mesh those kids playing together and get them all on the same page.” A byproduct of that experience, Glick hopes, is more scoring. The young Yellow Jackets struggled to put points on the board last season, but will have plenty of offensive firepower returning in 2015-16. Rising junior point guard Justin Jackson will make the jump to varsity after directing a very talented junior varsity team from a year ago. Under Jackson’s orchestration, expect versatile senior Isaiah Miles (13.2 ppg) and long-range threat Marlon White (9.5 ppg) to thrive. Fellow senior Aaron Parker will also return next season for Gwynn Park, but will only do so when football season comes to an end. Still, Glick and company have the pieces in place for a significant turnaround from 2014-15. “I think we’ll be dramatically improved,” Glick said.

Saturday, January 10
Coach says Eagles play their best game on night Gwynn Park struggles to score
Douglass routs rival Gwynn Park 80-42

Coach says Eagles play their best game on night Gwynn Park struggles to score

Friday’s Prince George’s County 3A/2A/1A League boys basketball game between rivals Gwynn Park and Douglass in Brandywine had all the makings of a classic regular-season meeting. The Yellow Jackets’ gymnasium was packed to capacity — it was standing room only — as fans piled in to watch the two historically evenly-matched teams face off. Even the local radio station, 93.9 WKYS was on hand for what had been deemed Game of the Week.

Instead, on a day when the Eagles put the whole package together in what coach Tyrone Massenburg called his team’s best overall performance of the season, Gwynn Park put forth its worst effort of the winter and the result was an anticlimactic 80-42 victory in favor of the visitor, Douglass.

Friday, for the ninth game in a row, at least 10 Eagles (7-2) were involved in scoring. Against Gwynn Park 14 total players scored at least one point, 10 of them tallied four or more points. Such balance and depth leads to hugely productive practices, Massenburg said, and it’s paying dividends on game days. Cameron Hayes led the team with a game-high 15 and Marquel Harris and Javaughn Talley added 10 and nine points, respectively.

“This is a rivalry game for us, our kids just came out to play [Friday night],” Massenburg said. “We drive our kids very hard every day in practice, they compete with each other. Our bench is very good, we always play a lot of players so our intensity in practice is similar to what we see in games. We always play a lot of players, that’s why the kids are so familiar with game situations. No matter who is out on the floor, we have confidence in them.”

For the second straight game Gwynn Park (4-5) shot at a very low percentage and when the Yellow Jackets aren’t scoring, they struggle in all aspects of the game, coach Mike Glick said. But Massenburg said he has no doubt Gwynn Park will rebound — and the two will meet again before the season’s end — and Glick said his team’s reaction to such a lopsided loss will be very telling.

“The one thing a loss like this can do is either tear you apart or bring you together,” Glick said. “We’ve got to have this bring us together. We’ll see what happens to the kids. It’s a long season and we’ve got to get better. Right now they’re the better team. We’ve got to focus on getting better and we have six, seven weeks to do that.”

Friday’s game was competitive for about 90 seconds at which point Douglass led, 3-2. The Eagles pulled ahead, 11-2, by the end of the first quarter and led by as much as 20 points in the second before heading to the locker room with a 34-20 advantage.

Gwynn Park cleaned up its game toward in the latter stages of the first half to keep a second-half comeback in the realm of possibility but Douglass’ 6-0 run to start the third quarter all but completely erased any hopes of that.

By the end of the third quarter the Eagles were up, 59-29, with everything going their way and nothing going in favor of Gwynn Park. With their perimeter shooting failing them, the Yellow Jackets attacked the glass and got to the free throw line 32 times but only converted 19 of those chances. Meanwhile Douglass shot 33 for 41 from the foul line. The Eagles also dominated the boards to limit Gwynn Park’s second and third chances.

“[Douglass] is playing hard and playing as one,” said Anthony Byrd, who Massenburg said helped set the tone Friday. “When we play defense, we play team defense, help defense. We play as a family. We want to make sure we let people know that we feel as though we’re the No. 1 team in the state.”

Douglass 80, Gwynn Park 42

Douglass (7-2) 11 23 25 21 — 80

Gwynn Park (4-5) 2 18 8 14 — 42

Douglass — Cameron Haynes 16, Marquel Harris 10, Javaughn Talley 9, Donald Carey 7, Kyle Green 7, Lawrence Thompson 6, Zion Cousins 5, Trevor Johnson 5, Anthony Byrd 4, Asante Gadson 4, Andrew Brown 2, Demarius Pitts 2.

Gwynn Park — Isaiah Miles 9, Aaron Parker 9, Desha Curtis 8, Marlon White 6, Evan Crump 4, Kollin Mitchell 4, Artie Wills 2.

Wednesday, December 31
Scoring woes cost Gwynn Park in tournament final
Tuesday, December 30, 2014         

Contrary to Gwynn Park High School basketball teams of old which have typically been propelled by a strong inside presence, this season’s Yellow Jackets are more of a perimeter squad. And that is fine when shots are falling, but they weren’t on Tuesday and it cost Gwynn Park in a 54-40 loss to Howard County’s River Hill in the Stanley Martin Homes Basketball Tournament final hosted by Montgomery County’s Magruder High.

“We didn’t score,” ninth-year Gwynn Park coach Mike Glick said. “We’re not a good team when we don’t score.”

The Yellow Jackets (4-4) looked good in Monday’s 66-55 win over traditional Frederick County power Urbana but on Tuesday they shot only 23 percent — 7 for 30 — from 3-point range. And River Hill’s defense did a good job limiting Gwynn Park’s second and third chances. Hawks coach Matt Graves said after watching the Yellow Jackets the previous day River Hill made a concerted effort to expand its defense out to try and stifle Gwynn Park’s productivity from long range.

“We knew they were a good 3-point shooting team so we wanted to get the defense out to their shooters,” Graves said. “We didn’t give them a lot of second and third chances to score and I think that was the difference in the game.”

Both coaches agreed the two-day tournament that featured four teams from four different counties was a great learning experience — these games don’t count toward region tournament standings. It was an opportunity to gain exposure to different playing styles than they’re used to facing. Glick said each county can have strengths in different areas and it’s good for teams to step out of their comfort zones.

In the evening’s consolation game, Magruder defeated Urbana, 81-71.

“[River Hill] is a great passing team, they have one of the best players in the state, they’re very unselfish and I think they have an excellent chance of getting to Comcast,” Glick said.

Gwynn Park kept itself within striking distance in a close first quarter that ended with the Hawks, who were paced by 6-foot-7 forward Charles Thomas IV with a game-high 15 points, leading 14-10. But River Hill’s 16-9, second-quarter run set the tone for the remainder of the game. The Hawks consistently kept themselves up by at least four points and led by double digits for much of the second half.

Three River Hill players scored 12 points or more — Thomas IV, Jayden Martin (14 points) and Gary Sandler (12). Marlon White (10) was Gwynn Park’s only double-digit scorer. Evan Crump added eight points.

“We came out and set the tone early, that’s something we needed to do,” Graves said. “We knew [Gwynn Park] is a very athletic team and can get up and down the floor.”

Though Gwynn Park struggled with consistency Tuesday, Glick said his young team is improving with every outing.

“We’re blessed to have been invited to such a great tournament,” Glick said. “[Tuesday] we couldn’t score and when you don’t score you’re not going to win a high school basketball game.”

River Hill 54, Gwynn Park 40

River Hill (5-4) 14 16 16 8 — 54

Gwynn Park (4-4) 10 9 12 9 — 40

River Hill — Charles Thomas IV 15, Jayden Martin 14, Gary Sandler 12, Marc DiSimone 5, Richard Mentle 5, Ben Borucki 2, Cole Gable 1.

Gwynn Park — Marlon White 10, Evan Crump 8, Isaiah Miles 6, Desha Curtis 5, Marquan Lee 2, Parris Miles 2, Aaron Parker 2.

Tuesday, December 30
Gwynn Park boys defeat Urbana 66-55
Monday, December 29, 2014         
Gwynn Park boys defeat Urbana

Ninth-year Gwynn Park High School basketball coach Mike Glick sat down for approximately three seconds at the beginning of his Yellow Jackets’ late afternoon matchup against Frederick County power Urbana as part of the Stanley Martin Homes Basketball Tournament at Magruder High School. His short-lived rest came to a loud halt as the Gwynn Park head man bounded up from his chair, signaling his team.

“Double fist, double fist,” Glick shouted out, thrusting his two clenched fists into the air as his Yellow Jackets swarmed the ball from the opening whistle. For the first 4 minutes and 40 seconds of the game, the intense defensive pressure held Urbana scoreless as Gwynn Park jumped out to a 13-0 lead — an advantage that propelled them to a 66-55 win against the previously undefeated Hawks.

“That set the tone of the game,” Glick said of his team’s early run.

From the opening whistle, Gwynn Park enforced their physical, fast-paced style of play on an Urbana team that seemed more comfortable slowing things down in the halfcourt. When their “double fist” fullcourt pressure didn’t produce a turnover, the Yellow Jackets were able to lock down the Hawks’ scorers with a suffocating 2-3 zone that held Urbana without a field goal until Leon Thibault connected on a 3-pointer with 1:04 remaining in the first quarter — the Hawk’s eleventh attempt of the game.

“The game plan was to speed them up — make them play at a fast pace and make them play at our tempo,” Glick said. “It also enabled us to score better because sometimes we struggle scoring and we can get turnovers and easy buckets. I thought our kids executed it really, really well.”

For as slow of a start as Urbana got out to offensively, Gwynn Park was that hot, shooting 8-of-12 from the field in the first quarter, including 4-of-6 from behind the arc. Junior Aaron Parker, who finished the game with 14 points, converted on all of his four field goal attempts in the first quarter, including a number of tough finishes through traffic. Senior Desha Curtis, who finished with a team high 16 points, converted on his first three attempts from long range.

“I was looking to attack more,” Curtis said after the win. “Lately, I haven’t been attacking and I know my team needs more scoring [from] me. I came out tonight with an attacking mindset.”

Gwynn Park finished the game 23-of-50 (46 percent) from the field and went 10-of-18 (55 percent) from 3-point range — putting together a performance Glick called “the best we shot all year.”

“We are a 3-point shooting team and we have a lot of kids that can shoot,” Glick said. “If we’re hitting shots, we’re a different team. We struggle and we’ve struggled when we’re not hitting shots.”

Urbana, a semifinalist in the Class 3A state tournament last season, eventually woke up from their slumber, using small scoring runs to whittle the lead down from 15 and 16, to as close as five. But each time the Hawks threatened, Gwynn Park seemed to have an answer on either end of the court.

Throughout Monday’s game, Glick could be heard shouting, “Get Isaiah a touch,” referring to junior Isaiah Miles, who leads the team in scoring with 18.3 points per game. But against Urbana, Miles’ greatest contribution came not in the form of his 13 points, but rather in his key blocks, rebounds and assists that helped the young Yellow Jackets hold on to a key win heading into the new year.

“Isaiah is our most experienced player,” Glick said of the 6-foot-4 junior. “He’s our best player and Isaiah’s grown up as a player. He’s understanding basketball is more than just scoring ... he’s learning to let the game come to him.”

Tuesday night, Miles in particular will have his hands full in the title game of the tournament, as Gwynn Park will face River Hill, a school that features big man Charlie Thomas IV, who has signed to play at University of Wisconsin next season.

“I’ll enjoy playing against them,” he said with a smile.

Gwynn Park -- 20 17 11 18 -- 66

Urbana -- 12 17 11 15 -- 55

SCORING Gwynn Park -- Desha Curtis 16; Aaron Parker 14; Isaiah Miles 13; Marlon White 9; Parris Miles 6; Evan Crump 5; CJ Miller 3.

Urbana -- Ian Eversull 16; Jaik Thompson 16; Leon Thibault 13; Trey Lucas 10.

Friday, December 19
Guard leads Potomac to win over G. Park 55-52
Thursday, December 18, 2014         

Potomac High School boys basketball coach Renard Johnson said he has pretty much seen senior guard Randall Broddie do it all in his three years coaching the Memphis recruit. Last season it was Broddie who took on a substantial amount of the scoring on a team filled with Division I college players during the Wolverines’ run to a 2A state championship. This year, drawing a great deal of defensive attention, Broddie has still impressed by scoring at will while still getting his teammates involved.

But Thursday night during an intense 3A/2A/1A League matchup at Gwynn Park, Johnson said he saw something from Broddie he hadn’t seen in a few months. He saw Randall Broddie coaching on the floor, a sight that brought a toothy grin to the fourth-year coach’s face. Broddie led all scorers with 24 points, carrying a severely depleted Potomac squad to a much-needed 55-52 win at a tough-nosed Gwynn Park team.

“I’ve seen him do it in years past,” Johnson said of his guard’s in-game directing. “But now he realizes, ‘Hey, [I’ve] got to coach these guys.’”

Broddie’s extra dose of on-court leadership Thursday night was no coincidence. Potomac, considered by many to be one of the top teams in the county coming into the season, had suffered two losses — 79-69 to Central on Friday and 83-53 to West Charlotte on Saturday — in the last week. The Wolverines were also ravaged by injury and absences. Shooting guard David Rose is still unavailable due to football commitments, guard Kaine Wilson is recovering from an ankle injury, and 6-foot-7 junior Karon Green is no longer with the team, according to Johnson.

To top it all off, co-captain Anthony Smith, a 6-foot-6 senior center drawing interest from some Division I programs, announced Thursday afternoon he would miss the remainder of the 2014-2015 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, an injury he suffered Dec. 9 in a win over Friendly.

So when the dust settled, Johnson trotted out one true starter onto the court Thursday night. Luckily for Potomac, that one starter was the best player on the court.

“With a piece down, you have to pick up a bigger role and lead the guys,” Broddie said of his enhanced responsibilities. “I definitely tried to do that today.”

On a night where the Wolverines only managed to shoot 15-of-65 (23 percent) from the field, Broddie kept his team competitive until some teammates began to come on late.

With just over four minutes remaining and the Wolverines trailing 45-42, Wilson, who had been 0-for-7 from beyond the 3-point arc in the first three quarters, drilled a deep 3-pointer to tie things up. On the following possession, Gwynn Park junior Aaron Parker, who had led a second-half offensive resurgence for the Yellow Jackets, fouled out on a questionable charge call. Wilson drilled another 3-pointer to put the Wolverines up 48-45 with 3 minutes, 36 seconds remaining — a lead they would not relinquish. The league foes traded free throws and turnovers for the remaining three minutes before Potomac came out on top with a much-needed win.

“On a Thursday night, here at their gym, Christmas break is about to start, this was a heck of a win for us,” Johnson said. “It was a very tough win.”

Gwynn Park coach Mike Glick, in his ninth season at the Brandywine school, knew what his team was getting into with Broddie, a player he called, “as good as any player I’ve coached against in nine years in this league.” The Yellow Jackets came out in a box-and-one defense, doubling the Memphis recruit every time he touched the ball. And for a period, the pressure worked - Broddie got off to a slow start, committing uncharacteristic turnovers, forcing a few bad shots and shooting only 2-of-10 in the first half.

But when it got to crunch time, Gwynn Park’s inexperience proved to be their downfall, as a number of costly turnovers and defensive lapses cost the it a shot at victory.

“I’m proud of how we played, our intensity that we played with and how we played with togetherness,” Glick said. “We’re getting better as the season goes on.”

Potomac 12 8 15 20 — 55

Gwynn Park 11 10 15 16 — 52


Potomac — Randall Broddie 24; Kaine Wilson 8; Iiron Buchanan 6; Gary Robertson 6; Anthony Davis 5; Andre Dixon 4; Emil Neugent.

Gwynn Park — Isaiah Miles 15; Evan Crump 11; Aaron Parker 10; Marion White 7; Parris Miles 4; CJ Miller 3; Artie Wills 2.

Sunday, December 7
Washington Post 3A Preview

Memphis commit Randall Broddie (3) will lead Potomac’s title defense in Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)
December 3

Top teams

Potomac (23-5), Largo (16-9), Douglass (14-11)

Top players

G Randall Broddie, Potomac, 6-4, Sr.

F Abdulai Bundu, Largo, 6-7, Sr.

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Host Jack Feeley and Chelsea Janes preview high school basketball for the 2014-2015 season in Prince George's County. (Video by Nick Plum for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

G Kaine Wilson, Potomac, 6-1, Sr.

Skinny: Defending 2A state champion Potomac is the favorite again, despite losing All-Met guard Dion Wiley (Maryland) and powerful big man Quadree Smith to graduation. The Wolverines will be led by Memphis commit Randall Broddie, who emerged as the definitive star on a star-studded roster last year, and will be joined in another potent backcourt by Parkdale transfer Kaine Wilson. . . .

Largo, which emerged as Potomac’s main in-league competition last season, will likely be so again. The Lions are led by Quinnipiac-commit Abdulai Bundu, a defensive force and offensive presence who presents matchup problems for nearly every team in the county. . . .

Douglass lost all but one starter from last year’s team, but junior Cameron Hayes and sophomore Donald Carey have the talent to turn the Eagles into a contender again. . . . Gwynn Park lost six of its top seven scorers from last season’s 16-8 team, but the Yellow Jackets are annual locks at the top of the league. . . . Central lost its five leading scorers from last year’s state semifinal team, but in a wide open 1A race, the Falcons could find their way back into the later rounds of the playoffs.

Sunday, December 7
No tears over Potomac leaving 2A

Thursday, December 04, 2014

No tears over Potomac leaving 2A

But when Wolverines coach Renard Johnson learned that his team would have to take on fellow 2A power Gwynn Park for the second time that season in the region semifinals, he became sick.

“I didn’t get any sleep that night,” Johnson said. “I was sick ... I’m serious. I hated it.”

Johnson’s dread for taking on the Yellow Jackets didn’t come from a place of animosity, but rather from a fear of familiarity. Gwynn Park, Douglass, Largo and Potomac made up a group that, for years, had battled for 2A supremacy. Each team knew one another inside and out, and the matchups had become annual heart-stopping affairs, coaches said.

This season, for the second time in three years, Johnson won’t need to worry about another playoff matchup with a 2A rival, as Potomac has moved to the 3A classification. When St. Charles High School (Waldorf) classified as a 2A school over the summer, Potomac, the most populated 2A school at the time, was bumped up to 3A once again in the middle of the cycle. It was a rare occurance since the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association reclassifies every two years.

In 2013 the Wolverines made a run to the 3A state championship game, where they fell to Milford Mill (Baltimore), 84-55. But, as Johnson explained, he won’t be losing any sleep over the move to the higher classification.

“I was more concerned when we went to 2A because [of] the level of competition in our league and the familiarity — that just didn’t feel right,” Johnson said. “It was the most nerve-racking thing ever. ... I’m relieved, to be quite honest, that we’re moving to the 3A.

“By no means am I taking the 3A lightly, but it’s just tough playing in that league and then having to play them in the playoffs.”

Johnson, as it turns out, isn’t the only coach that’s relieved.

“Any time you don’t have to play against Randall Broddie in the playoffs, that’s a sigh of relief,” Gwynn Park coach Mike Glick said.

Though the Wolverines may not have the firepower they boasted on last year’s state championship squad, they still return perhaps the county’s top talent in Broddie. A gritty guard, the senior floor general’s mix of athleticism and intelligence have captivated coaches since the Memphis recruit arrived at Potomac in 2012. Now, after playing with the likes of Dickson and Wiley, Broddie will sit squarely at the helm of the program, a role his coach says the senior is well prepared for.

“He’s been in the program for two years. He has a state championship. He knows what it takes to win those five games at the end,” Johnson said of his star guard. “There are going to be nights where I say, ‘You’ve got to win the game.’”

Broddie will undoubtedly be the subject of most opposing coaches’ gameplans — familiar foes not excluded. Glick and Douglass coach Tyrone Massenburg both watched as Broddie and the Wolverines defeated their teams en route to the regional title — an honor that the perennial powers have taken turns winning over the past few years. Gwynn Park took the 2A title in 2008, 2010 and 2011. Douglass raised the trophy in 2012 and Potomac, in 2014. Now, with Potomac gone, the door is open for a 2A team to restake their claim as the region’s best.

“It’s one less tough team in our region, that’s for sure,” Massenburg said of Potomac’s move. “Them moving on is just tougher for where they move to.”

But the regular season schedule remains intact, guaranteeing more of the back-breaking matchups the rivals have become so accustomed to.

“Douglass, Largo and Gwynn Park give us their best shot every year,” said Broddie, who noted that he’s never beaten Douglass at its gym. “I’m not taking any team for granted, especially those three.”

Thursday, March 6
Basketball: Gwynn Park boys edge Largo in 2A South quarterfinal

Basketball: Gwynn Park boys edge Largo in 2A South quarterfinal; girls rout Friendly

Chelsea Janes, Published: March 5

Lanky Gwynn Park senior Mike Pegram appeared to be completely unconcerned about his highly-charged circumstances Wednesday night as he sat near the foul line, meticulously tying his shoes with 20 seconds to play. His team was up a point over rival Largo in the 2A South quarterfinal — thanks to the two free throws he’d hit a few seconds earlier — and he’d just been fouled again, his upcoming shots as important as any he’d shoot in a Yellow Jackets uniform.

Everyone else in the gym felt the weight of the moment. The crowd was bursting with nerves, on the edge of its seat, the Gwynn Park girls’ team — next on the evening’s playoff schedule — was hovering anxiously behind the baseline, the players and referees were in position for Pegram’s shots. But Pegram didn’t share their agitation. He laced his Nikes slowly and carefully, stepped to the line and soaked in the moment with a few deep breaths, and hit two more free throws to doom Largo and send his Yellow Jackets into the 2A South semifinals with a 45-41 win.

I wasn’t nervous,” Pegram said. “I just thought in my head, it’s just practice.”

While his calmness was unique among players and fans at the third meeting and rubber match between the Prince George’s County rivals, Pegram’s deliberate pace mirrored the game perfectly. Gwynn Park wanted to slow its rival down, sagging in a 2-3 zone and doubling Largo big man Abdulai Bundu to stymie the Lions’ plan of attack. Offensively, the Yellow Jackets worked through long sets and took what Largo’s defense gave them — midrange jumpers that avoided taking on Bundu in his blocking zone down low and spread the Lions’ defense.

The strategy succeeded for Gwynn Park, which held Largo to its lowest point total of the season by 18 points, surviving a similarly stingy, season-low effort from its own offense.

“Defensively, we wanted to shut down Bundu,” said Gwynn Park center Isaiah Martin, who stole the block show with nine crucial swats. “Offensively, we felt their guards couldn’t check our guards and their big men couldn’t check our big men outside the three-point line, so we wanted to spread them out. We can run, but we had to play a different game today.”

Martin and the Yellow Jackets’ double-team kept Bundu at bay, forcing the 6-8 forward to the free throw line, wherd 10 of his 16 points. Largo’s outside shooters nearly made Gwynn Park pay for the zone, knocking down enough jumpers to keep up with the Yellow Jackets duo of Cedric Hines (10 points) and Evan Joiner (13 points). The game featured 14 lead changes, six in the fourth quarter alone.

“That was the kind of game we wanted to play: a slow-down, grind-it-out game,” Gwynn Park Coach Mike Glick said. “I was really proud of how our kids hit free throws at the end.”

Gwynn Park girls cruise

Even without leading scorer Takayla Ellis, who was sick, the No. 20 Gwynn Park girls cruised to a 67-25 win over Friendly in a 2A South quarterfinal.

The Yellow Jackets rallied from a slow start under the guidance of junior Armani Mooney, who scored nine points and kept the offense clicking.

“She played solid; she’s been playing solid for us all year,” said Mike Strother. “She’s sacrificed a lot in terms of scoring this year to help lead the team, and I think she’s done a great job, and did a great job tonight.”

Gwynn Park’s other constant back-court spark, senior Tashina Cardwell, turned in a high-energy performance against the Patriots (7-15), scoring 13 points to lead Gwynn Park’s scorers. Senior center Ashanti Freeland added 12 and Chantelle Gross scored 10 to propel the Yellow Jackets.

Gwynn Park (19-2) will host Largo in the semifinal Thursday in what will be the third meeting between the Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A rivals. Each team has won one of those matchups, the Yellow Jackets most recently with a 66-54 win to clinch the league title in the last game of the regular season.

Thursday, March 6
Gwynn Park edges Largo 45-41 in 2A South district semifinal
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 Gwynn Park edges Largo in section semifinal Boys’ basketball: Pegram’s clutch fourth-quarter free throw shooting helps clinch 45-41 win by Jennifer Beekman Staff writer All nine of Gwynn Park High School senior Isaiah Martin’s blocks in Wednesday’s Class 2A South Region Section II semifinal against the visiting Largo boys’ basketball team were important. They did, after all, prevent the ball from going into the basket. But there was one, in particular, that came at quite the opportune time. Four consecutive free throws from Mike Pegram had given Gwynn Park a three-point lead with just over two seconds remaining in regulation. Largo had one option to keep itself in the game: Go for the 3-point shot. As the Yellow Jackets expected, the Lions got the ball straight to its 3-point extraordinaire Aaron Thomas — 40 3-pointers this season — but as Thomas jumped up, the ball above his head ready to be released, the 6-foot-7 Martin’s hand came crashing down on it and Largo’s chances at evening the score. Martin was immediately fouled and converted one of two free throw attempts to put the game completely out of reach for good, 45-41. The Yellow Jackets’ (16-7) win Wednesday avenged a seven-point loss to the Lions (16-8) on Feb. 20, Gwynn Park’s last game before the section semifinals; the Yellow Jackets defeated Largo in the teams’ first 2013-14 meeting. Gwynn Park is expected to travel to the section’s top seed, Potomac High, a semifinal winner over Frederick Douglass, for Thursday evening’s scheduled section final. “That was a great win for the team and a great win for the program,” eighth-year Gwynn Park coach Michael Glick said. “We hadn’t played for 13 days and our last game was [the loss] to Largo. We hadn’t practiced since Saturday. ... That game was typical of our league. Everyone’s beating everyone, everyone’s so evenly matched.” Both teams were held to season lows Wednesday, but in particular, it was just the second time the high-scoring Largo offense failed to reached the 60-point mark. The Yellow Jackets’ 2-3 zone defense did its job, keeping Largo’s 6-8 leading scorer Abdulai Bundu well below his 24.7 points per-game average at just 16 points. Gwynn Park also limited Thomas (13.3 points per game) to just five points. “Our focus was packing it in [in the 2-3 zone] and denying [Thomas] the 3-pointer,” Pegram said. “I think it was good win to show our ability to win the close games.” Though the Yellow Jackets were outsized, Glick said he was proud of the way his players stayed “active on the boards,” especially senior Evan Joiner who played down low and way above his 5-10 stature. It was more than two minutes before Gwynn Park scored a single point Wednesday — senior Cedric Hines ended the drought with his first of many lucrative drives to the rim. The Yellow Jackets quickly erased a four-point deficit to take a 9-8 lead by the end of the first quarter. Largo again took a four-point lead late in the second quarter, only for Gwynn Park to finish the half ahead by one point, 18-17. The Yellow Jackets seemed to have settled into the contest with a 5-0 run to start the second half but this time it was Largo’s chance to make a comeback. The Lions went ahead by two points late in the third quarter but with the teams’ tied at 28-28, it was a Martin 3-pointer — off a great Hines drive and kick — followed by a block at the other end of the court that gave Gwynn Park a three-point lead heading into the final period. The teams traded leads several times in the fourth quarter but ultimately the Yellow Jackets converted when given the opportunity. “This was our third time playing each other and both teams are very good teams,” Glick said. “We did not want to let [Bundu] beat us. We wanted to slow it down, grind out the game and make free throws. [Pegram] has been our best free throw shooter but he struggled at the beginning of the season so I was happy to see him step up.” Gwynn Park 45, Largo 41 Largo 8 9 11 13 — 41 Gwynn Park 9 9 13 14 — 45 SCORING Largo (16-8) — Abdulai Bundu 16, Isiah Boggs 9, Nathaniel Manning 9, Aaron Thomas 5, David Luckett 2. Gwynn Park (16-7) — Evan Joiner 13, Cedric Hines 10, Mike Pegram 7, Anwar Mack 6, Isaiah Martin 6, Jayson Johnson 2, Marquis Holland 1.

Sunday, February 2
Coach Glick on Jan. 31st High School Sports Final

Jan. 31st High School Sports Final

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Thursday, January 30
Flexibility: Great coaches share one attribute
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Flexibility: Great coaches share one attribute

How, many county high school basketball pundits seemed to wonder, would a team historically reliant on size and strength employ its traditional game with just one true “big [man]?” To answer simply: They don’t, because Glick knows how to coach to his talent. Rather than attempt to overpower their opponents, the Yellow Jackets (11-5, 9-2 Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A League) have taken to a more guard-oriented approach this winter, and they are doing just fine. Gwynn Park is 136-55 overall in Glick’s tenure.

Similarly, Eleanor Roosevelt has been one of the biggest teams in the state in recent history. This year, the Raiders (11-4) don’t have anyone over 6-foot-3 in their starting lineup, but they still remain on pace to compete for another state championship, just with a different style of play.

“Some coaches try and make a team fit into their style, we change our style according to players,” Glick said.

Added Charles H. Flowers coach Mark Edwards following the Jaguars’ loss to Roosevelt earlier this month: “[Roosevelt] might not have as much talent offensively, but [coach] Brendan [O’Connell] has them so disciplined. He does a great job getting guys to understand their roles and what they want to do.”

Prince George’s has been privy to some pretty spectacular basketball players, but not every team is fortunate enough to have future NCAA Division I- or NBA-caliber stars on it every year, or ever. Nevertheless, there are programs that are able to produce some of the county’s best ball play year in and year out, and much of that has to do with coaches’ ability connect with and bring out the best in their student-athletes.

It takes a certain type of patient person to get through to and build prosperous coach-athlete relationships with high school basketball players, but the county has seen its fair share of coaches who seem to perennially draw the best out of whatever talent, or lack thereof, they are dealt.

The ability to communicate and get players to buy into one’s coaching system should be at the top of every coach’s list of priorities, Glick said. But what does it take to earn that respect in the first place? Coaches agreed finding a way to relate to their players plays a major role.

“I kind of try to relate to the kids in a way where I try to teach them that sports and life are challenges and we use a lot of examples of real-life situations and apply them to [basketball],” said sixth-year Frederick Douglass boys’ coach Tyrone Massenburg, who has been coaching in the county since 1987. “The kids have to understand the meaning of why they should try to achieve certain goals. I’ve been fortunate enough to be in three areas of the county, I’ve seen all types of kids in this area and I know what buttons to push to be consistent.”

Part of relating to players, Glick added, is keeping up with the times — five years ago he said he would never have texted his athletes but does it quite often these days. Adolescents are pulled in all different directions these days and don’t receive criticism the same way they did 20 years ago, so it’s important for coaches to convey constructive criticism in a positive manner.

“If coaches don’t criticize in a positive way, if they berate the kids, they’re just going to tune them out,” Glick said.

It’s also imperative, coaches agreed, for them to show their players they truly care about their well-being. Whether it’s attending a game during another sports season or listening when a player is in need, the kids need to know their coach genuinely cares.

Coaches also agreed there is a correlation between consistency within a coaching staff and a program’s success. Most of the county’s perennially successful teams have longer standing coaches. Within that, Glick said, is the development of a good junior varsity program to ensure that players are familiar with the Gwynn Park system and ready for varsity ball. Glick said hiring 2002 Gwynn Park graduate Spencer Way six years ago to head up the Yellow Jackets’ junior varsity team was the best decision he’s made for his program.

O’Connell said he is a players’ coach. Many of the county’s most effective leaders probably are. They remember what they enjoyed most as a player and speak to their charges in those terms.

“I think the fun part about coaching public school basketball is that we coach who’s there,” O’Connell said. “We don’t get to go get players like colleges or some of the private schools do. One year you can have a ton of big guys, the next year all guards. That’s kind of the fun part.”

Thursday, January 23
High school basketball showcases provide exposure for players, promoters

High school basketball showcases provide exposure for players, promoters

Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post - Arize Ifejika, a 27-year-old D.C. native, awards game MVPs to Jamall Gregory (left, from Coolige) and Cameron Smith (Miller School) following their game. Ifejka runs the More Than Basketball management group which is one of several organizations that put on one-day basketball showcase events in and around the District.

When No. 11 Clinton Christian meets nationally ranked Cape Henry in the featured game at the Nation’s Capital Hoops Classic on Saturday at Coolidge High, fans will be treated to a rare showdown of one of the area’s top teams against a Virginia Beach power. Several future Division I recruits, including Eagles guard Jon Davis (DePaul) and Cape Henry junior Chris Clarke, will be on display before a packed gym in Northwest.

The game will be the last of five scheduled in the event, one of nearly 15 showcases that have taken place during the first three months of the 2013-14 high school basketball season.

(Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post) - Flyers and DVDs are spread out at the entrace of Trinity University where Arize Ifejika and his More Than Basketball management group put on last month’s Uptown Hoopfest.

(Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post) - Arize Ifejka welcomes spectators onto the court at last month’s Uptown Hoopfest, part of a growing number of local high school basketball showcases.

“People in this area love to see good basketball,” said Coolidge Coach Vaughn Jones, whose school hosted the MLK Hoopfest Showcase last weekend. “When done right, showcases allow for that to happen.”

Showcase events feature rare, out-of-conference matchups within a day-long format that can include as many as seven consecutive games on the same floor. They provide an extra avenue of exposure for players, schools and outside organizers, luring college coaches and spectators, but also blurring the lines between high school athletics and profit-driven event promotion.

‘A very big undertaking’

In a region rich with basketball talent, perhaps the easiest step in the year-long event planning process is finding teams to showcase. Also included on an organizer’s to-do list are nailing down a venue, hiring referees, searching for sponsorships, navigating various league regulations to make sure teams are appropriately matched and locking down security.

No amount of money or planning can account for the seemingly inevitable during showcases.

Tip-offs are often delayed due to the unpredictable flow of games. Concession stands may become bare as most of the food is gobbled up during the day’s early contests. Inclement weather can also get in the way, as was the case when last month’s snowstorm forced organizers to cancel the final three games of the DMVelite Tip Off Classic at C.H. Flowers. With fans flocking to see top talent in a single setting, space can be a concern. The final game in last year’s More Than Basketball Uptown Hoopfest was nearly called off when a heavy flood of fans entering and leaving the Carroll gym briefly created a fire hazard.

“It’s a very big undertaking, and it can teach you a lot of about patience,” said Chris Lawson, who in 2009 founded DMVelite Showcase Events, which creates and hosts basketball events and covers area players and teams.

With the opportunity to place their players before college scouts at all levels and prepare their teams for the postseason against competitive opponents, more high school coaches are looking to fill their schedules with showcase events.

Both Maryland and Virginia limit public schools to 22 regular season games. In 2005, Virginia teams were given the freedom to make their own out-of-conference schedules, allowing for a player like former Herndon and Villanova star Scottie Reynolds to raise his profile with a 27-point performance against national power Oak Hill Academy and become a 2006 McDonald’s all-American.

“I’d rather go to D.C. and get my butt kicked by a really good team than play a bunch of teams that won’t challenge us,” said Wakefield Coach Tony Bentley, whose team has played in three showcases this year. “Some coaches get caught up in the win-loss record, but I see these events as glorified scrimmages that get you ready for the playoffs.”

In Maryland, the scheduling rules vary by district. Montgomery County schools must lock in out-of-conference opponents for two years in a home-and-home series, whereas Prince George’s County recently dropped the number of required conference games from 18 to 17, opening up another chance to schedule a showcase game.

With their greater scheduling flexibility, area private schools have competed in local and national showcases for decades, sometimes playing at two in one day, as Riverdale Baptist did during its packed 36-game schedule last year. The events can serve as a lifeline for schools vying to enter the local hoops discussion, like this year’s Clinton Christian boys’ team, which will compete in its fifth showcase of the winter this weekend.

Mike Glick has seen both sides of this dynamic. While coaching at Pallotti and Spalding, he knew that a handful of college coaches would fill the gym on any given night to see Rudy Gay and the other Division I talent that typically fills private school rosters. Once Glick took the helm at Gwynn Park in 2006, finding a similar platform and audience for his public school players proved difficult.

“I know that the game we played against Cesar Chavez normally wouldn’t draw any college coaches,” Glick said of the Jan. 20 game. “But because we played them in the MLK Showcase, we had 20 coaches in the stands to see kids on both teams.”

A promotional opportunity

With showcases often serving as a one-stop recruiting shop for college coaches, the focus can sometimes shift from the team to the player.

“As a fan of basketball, I like seeing good matchups. . . but I often wonder if too much is made of exposure,” longtime Magruder Coach Dan Harwood said. “When you’re playing so many games, there’s less time to practice and fundamentals sometimes are sacrificed in the name of individual attention.”

Depending on the contract and school system’s policies, a school also stands to benefit from hosting a showcase, be it through concessions, donations or venue fees, that can run upwards of $1,000, according to Wise Athletic Director Jason Gordon.

How the rest of a showcase’s profit is spent varies by event. Mark Tillmon, a former player at Gonzaga and Georgetown, directed most of his revenue from last weekend’s MLK Hoopfest to the scholarship fund under his nonprofit company, the Shooting Straight Program.

For Arize Ifejika, the annual showcases put on by his More Than Basketball company since 2009 have brought more publicity and consumers to his clothing line and go-go music band. Those who attended his Uptown Hoopfest earlier this month were greeted at the ticket table by flyers featuring Ifejika’s picture, product promotions and copies of a basketball documentary he directed.

“Same way I promote basketball to kids, I know they care about fashion as much as they care about basketball,” said Ifejika, a 27-year-old D.C. native. “They care about music as much as basketball. Because of that, the market is wide open for this.”

While many laud the elevated awareness of college opportunities that showcases provide, others remain cautious amid the concern that, in some cases, teenage athletes can be used as pawns for the interests of profit-driven individuals and event promoters.

“I don’t think they add anything to high school athletics, but what they might bring are the negative things that can sometimes happen in youth basketball with some of the out-of-school activities and characters involved,” Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association executive director Ned Sparks said. “It’s not really something that is complementary to education-based athletics. . . . But just because it doesn’t add anything to the stature of high school athletics doesn’t mean somebody might not find a lucrative possibility to promote themselves or gain some notoriety.”

Sparks and others fully expect to see more showcases pop up on the local scene in the coming seasons, looking to cash in on opportunities for exposure while feeding the region’s insatiable appetite for quality high school basketball.

Thursday, January 9
Boys’ basketball teams in 2A South anticipate diffcult path
Thursday, January 09, 2014            

Making it to the Comcast Center for the high school state boys’ basketball tournament is hard enough. No matter the classification or the opponent, it’s still a one-loss exit fee with little room for error.

With the new sectional system the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association put into place this year, a certain cluster of schools in the 2A South Region might claim to face the most turbulent and unpredictable path to states.

One particular “district” as Gwynn Park High School’s Mike Glick called the new bracket comprised of six teams within the 2A South, is made up of reigning 3A state finalist Potomac, Glick’s traditionally powerful Yellow Jackets, always-competitive Frederick Douglass, Friendly, a rejuvenated Largo squad and Southern of Anne Arundel County.

“I think our district is the best district in the state,” said Glick, whose team lost to Potomac earlier in the year, 69-49. “If you’re talking about top level talent, this is the best district. It’s just absolutely crazy that we’re all 2A and in one little district.”

Potomac has been dubbed by several coaches as the de facto No. 1 team, since they return the two integral pieces from the 2013 team — Maryland recruit Dion Wiley and Randall Broddie — that extended their season all the way to the 3A state finals last year before dropping down to 2A this season.

“All things considered, you got to give it to Potomac with all the hype they’ve received,” said Largo coach Lew Howard, whose team defeated the Wolverines, 68-64 on Monday. “You got to come to play every night. There’s no nights off.”

Neither Howard nor Glick objected to the thought that a state-title quality game could realistically take place in the opening round, about three weeks before the MPSSAA-designated state final. Largo, Potomac and Gwynn Park have all established themselves as legitimate candidates to represent Prince George’s County at Comcast, and with the way the seeding works — only the top two teams are seeded, the rest is random — there is a fair chance that two of those teams see one another in the first round.

“The toughest road to the state semifinal might be in the semifinals or quarterfinals of the district play,” Glick said. “If you put [2013 4A state semifinalist] North Point in our district, they might not make it out of the first round. It’s just crazy that all of us are in the same pod. You got to beat two teams just to get to the region finals, and that’s not even Comcast.”

The silver lining behind it all is that the team left standing after making its way through that sectional will have already proven itself against possibly the best teams the 2A has to offer. The Prince George’s County teams, with 1A Central also included in their regular league play, may have outright the most competitive schedule from the first tip of the season to the last.

“The best team on that night is going to win,” Howard said. “And it only prepares you for when you get out. You’re battle tested. It’s only going to help you. Each level in Prince George’s County has some of the best talent in the state and even in the country.”

If and when they do get out of the sectional, any possibilities of taking a breather are off the table, because then there is the 2012 state champion Lake Clifton, the 1A state champion Dunbar team that moved up to 2A and the Edmondson/Westside team that beat Wicomico on the buzzer to win it all in the 2A last year.

In one bizarre scenario, with Dunbar and Potomac moving up classes in the same year, there could be three 2013 state finalists, of which two became state champions, all in at least the region finals.

“The competition is good,” said Largo’s Abdulai Bundu, the leading public school scorer in the Washington, D.C. region with 26.7 points per game. “People are coming at us now. They see what we have, seen what we can do. We got a bulls-eye on our back.”

Throughout the year, that proverbial bulls-eye could flip from Bundu’s Largo to Potomac to Gwynn Park and back around the loop again.

“I’d rival our league against anybody else in the state,” Glick said. “I’d put our league against the 4A, the [Washington Catholic Athletic Conference] — any of them, as proven by the play so far this season.”

Monday, January 20
Gwynn Park among contenders in loaded Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A

Boys’ basketball: Gwynn Park among contenders in loaded Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A

As the league schedule in loaded Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A continues, the race for positioning among contenders No. 9 Potomac (Md.), No. 19 Largo, Gwynn Park, Central and Douglass will pit top teams against one another in heated battles night after night in the coming months.

As Gwynn Park Coach Mike Glick put it: “It’s going to be a blood bath.”

Glick’s Yellow Jackets (9-5, 7-2) gave a glimpse into the challenges the top teams will pose to one other’s league title hopes last week when they knocked off Largo 67-63. The Lions, led by seemingly unstoppable big man Abdulai Bundu, had upset Potomac a week earlier.

Gwynn Park’s success against the rising Lions, Glick said, was 32 minutes of box-and-one defense on Bundu that held the 6-foot-8 force below 20 points for just the third time all season.

“We couldn’t let Abdulai beat us,” said 6-foot-7 senior forward Isaiah Martin. “He’s a good player. Everything goes through him on Largo, and I feel we slowed him down from the start. We played great defense.”

Certainly Largo will anticipate that approach from the Yellow Jackets when the two meet again in the regular season finale, the first move in what will quickly become a game of strategy between contenders’ coaches who will have to face each other multiple times in the coming weeks.

For anyone who thought Potomac and Largo had turned the stretch run into a two-team race, Gwynn Park’s win also announced the need for game-planning for the Yellow Jackets’ big three: Martin (12.5 points per game) and guards Evan Joiner (14.3) and Cedric Hines (13.7).

“We have a lot of guards that can do different things,” Joiner said. “We have shooters, we have guys that can attack the rim, and we even have guys that can rebound at guard, so we know what we can do.” . . . .

A new face will likely affect the finish of 3A/2A/1A race, as big man Quadree Smith’s transfer from Paul VI to Potomac (Md.) gives the Wolverines a two-Smith (Anthony and Quadree) tandem of athleticism and girth inside to go with one of the D.C.-area’s most formidable backcourts in Dion Wiley and Randall Broddie.

Wednesday, January 15
Gwynn Park rallies to upset Central 66-62
Tuesday, January 14, 2014         



As another Gwynn Park High School turnover begat another Central point, a dismayed Yellow Jacket fan slumped his shoulders and shook his head.

“Nah, man,” he sighed to his feet. Central had a 10-point lead near the midpoint of the fourth quarter. “I can’t do another Gwynn Park game. I can’t handle them.”

The fan should have realized that coach Mike Glick doesn’t lose to Central, and that he didn’t plan on Tuesday being the end of his 14-0 career record against the Falcons. With a lot of help from Cedric Hines and some tremendous defense from Marquis Holland, Glick improved to 15-0 against Central, edging out a 66-62 victory in Capitol Heights.

“Of the 15 games we’ve won, it’s like they’ve all been single digits,” Glick said. “It’s just … it’s just weird. Somehow we just escape year after year after year.”

Glick, now in his eighth year with the Yellow Jackets, has seen his fair share of Central teams both strong and not so strong. This year’s is widely considered to be one of the best, as Davon Taylor has developed into the top backcourt threat in the county, averaging 24.9 points per game on 47 percent shooting. The coach’s plan: make somebody aside from Taylor beat them, and he had just the guy to implement it.

Holland, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound senior averaging barely three points per game, doesn’t exactly leap off the stat sheet, but he was the core to Central’s undoing. With his teammates sitting in a zone, Holland played Taylor in man, face guarding the 6-foot-1 senior to deny him the ball. When Taylor did have it, Holland blanketed him and was aided by constant double-teams when needed. The result: Taylor’s lowest offensive output (14 points) on 5-of-15 shooting, his second-worst percentage (33 percent) on the year.

“He’s a tough guard,” said Holland, who finished with five points. “He’s one of the better guards in our league and I did my best — not letting him touch the ball, forcing him left, making him think. They say I play good defense and they kept making me guard him.”

As Holland anchored the defense, Hines assembled his best game to date. He scored a season-high 25 points on an efficient 9-of-14 shooting and buried four straight free throws in the final minute to keep Central at bay.

“They were sagging off of me,” Hines said. “The first half, I wasn’t scoring that much, so they told me to be more aggressive, so that’s what I did. I tried to take it to the hole.”

Meanwhile, center Isaiah Martin continued his recent stretch of scoring, finishing with 14 for his fourth straight game in double-figures.

It was another chapter in a season of close calls for Gwynn Park, which has won one game by four, another in overtime, another by nine, and lost a 50-48 thriller to Frederick Douglass.

“I hope so,” Hines said when asked if the Yellow Jackets would ever be able to enjoy a stress-free game. “But with the way we play, I don’t know. We’re getting good at winning close games. I like games like this.”

Gwynn Park 66, Central 62

Gwynn Park (8-4, 6-2): 15 15 16 20 — 66

Central (8-3, 5-3): 16 16 12 18 — 62

Gwynn Park: Cedric Hines 25, Isaiah Martin 14, Mike Pegram 12, Evan Joiner 7, Marquis Holland 5, Jayson Johnson 2, Isaiah Miles 1.

Central: Dequan Smith 18, Gary Stewart 15, Davon Taylor 14, Jonathan Brown 8, Derek Moon 3, Andrew Wimbush 2, Kenneth Pettaway 2.

Wednesday, January 8
Boys’ basketball: Eagles have won four straight meetings by eight total points
Douglass defeats Gwynn Park in thriller

Boys’ basketball: Eagles have won four straight meetings by eight total points

The previous three meetings, all Douglass’ wins, prior to Tuesday’s contest had been decided by just six total points. Tuesday proved no exception, as the Eagles hung on for a 50-48 win in Upper Marlboro and handed the Yellow Jackets their fourth loss in the last five games.

At no point did this one even feign the appearance of a potential comfortably-sized win, and neither Tyrone Massenburg nor Mike Glick expected any less. Given the way the past two years of this rivalry has gone, there would be no reason to anticipate anything else.

“Always,” Massenburg said. “Man, Coach Glick is a good coach. They’re always ready to play, our kids are up to the challenge and it always comes down to be a game that’s decided in the last minute. That’s what you coach for, you know, rivalry games, games against good competition. They’re a good team. We’ve been fortunate the last couple times and it’s a good rivalry.”

Neither team got off to a particularly strong start, namely on the offensive end. Douglass (5-5 overall, 4-2 3A/2A/1A League) missed all five of its 3-point attempts in the first quarter — the Eagles finished 5-for-18 from 3-point land — while Gwynn Park (5-4, 3-2) went 3-for-9 from the floor and the second quarter began with neither side in double-figures. The offense would slowly pick up from there, though it would remain a defensive struggle throughout.

“I knew I just had to be patient,” said Keyonte Frager, who led all Douglass’ scorers with 12 points despite shooting just 33 percent from the field. “Just look to open things up for my teammates, like [Cameron Hayes] and let them get to the hoop, be patient.”

Hayes lived up to Frager’s praise, scoring five straight during a 10-0 run midway through the second to turn a 14-13 deficit into a 21-14 advantage that the Eagles would never relinquish. Twelve times throughout the remainder of the game the Yellow Jackets would draw it back to a single-possession game or a tie, but Douglass didn’t budge, countering with a Frager 3-pointer here or a Hayes free throw there. Together, the two scored 22 points while Hayes made 5-of-7 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to keep Gwynn Park at bay.

“I’m proud of Cam,” Frager said. “Cam came through big. We needed that.”

With leading scorer Evan Joiner struggling to find open looks, or just get the ball in his hands at all, Glick turned to Isaiah Martin for any semblance of offensive production. The 6-foot-7 senior scored seven of the Yellow Jackets’ 11 third quarter points and 18 of the final 48, but it wasn’t enough. Two botched close-range attempts towards the end aided Douglass in preserving its lead, and Gwynn Park’s once solid 4-1 record dropped even further to 5-4.

“It’s a great rivalry,” Glick said. “They do a great job, Coach Massenburg does a great job. They’re a very, very good program and in every sport we play every game is a one or two point game. It’s a great rivalry, a healthy rivalry.”

Douglass 50, Gwynn Park 48

Douglass (5-5, 4-2): 8 15 12 15 — 50

Gwynn Park (5-4, 3-2): 8 11 11 18 — 48


Douglass: Keyonte Frager 12, Cameron Hayes 10, Donnell Robinson 8, Van Dunson 7, Anthony Byrd 4, Javaughn Talley 3, Tyler Smith 2, Kyle Green 2, Trevor Johnson 2.

Gwynn Park: Isaiah Martin 18, Cedric Hines 10, Evan Joiner 9, Marquis Holland 5, Mike Pegram 4, Anwar Mack 2.

Saturday, January 4
Gwynn Park Evam Joimer's will, not height, gets rebounds
Thursday, January 02, 2014         

And then you meet the 5-foot-10, 155-pound Joiner and that picture is shattered.

He’s a raw bundle of athletic ability who collects 1.2 more rebounds per game (8.8) than 6-7 teammate Isaiah Martin, blocks more shots than 6-3 Isaiah Miles, and leads the Yellow Jackets in 3-point percentage (44 percent) for those who have taken more than two (he is 7-of-16).

“He’s having a huge year for us,” Gwynn Park coach Mike Glick said. “Evan’s just an unbelievable athlete, Just a tremendous jumper, great quickness, and unbelievable motor.”

Joiner says there are no tricks to his swiping more rebounds than most big men he plays with or against. Unlike many guards, he doesn’t cheat out on fast breaks to get an easy layup on the other end or hover around the 3-point line for a quick outlet pass. When a shot goes up, he zips right into the lane as if he belongs with the taller post players.

“It’s just hard work, timing, timing,” said Joiner, who leads the team with 16.4 points per game as of Monday. “I rely on my athleticism a lot. That’s how I feel my flow. It’s tough. It’s a lot of will.”

The all-around production from Joiner hasn’t surprised Glick. He oversaw summer workouts with assistant coach Kevin Walker and took note of Joiner’s work ethic, and that he went “harder than 90 percent of the guys in the league.”

“Nothing he’s done has taken us by surprise,” the coach said. “He’s improved his outside shooting but also his body. He’s always been a great athlete but he’s really bought into the speed and agility weight lifting program. Rarely do you see your best athlete spending the most time with the speed and agility training. He went from a great athlete to an outstanding athlete.”

Joiner grew tired of the hype machine promoting fellow 3A/2A/1A guards such as Dion Wiley, Randall Broddie and Davon Taylor, all Division I-bound recruits who receive a lot of attention from opposing defenses. The low profile he retained translated into a relentless summer workout regimen which has subsequently translated into his becoming Gwynn Parks’ ubiquitous playmaker.

“I took no days off, really,” he said. “I just took it one day at a time. A week or so into [summer workouts], I could feel myself getting into better shape. Last season I didn’t have to do that as much as I do this year so I had to prepare myself.”

In the weight room, he concentrated on plyometrics, box step-ups with dumbbells in hand, core work, and lunges — the essential ingredients for an increased vertical and a quickened step. On the basketball court, Joiner took to the 3-point line, his self-admitted biggest weakness heading into this season, but still begins games from the inside-out, first attacking the rim, then stretching the defense beyond the arc.

“He has a high Division I athletic ability,” Glick said. “He plays with reckless abandon. He just plays harder than most guys. I would just say his motor — his motor and athletic ability — that’s what’s going to stand out.”

Colby Community College, located in Colby, Kansas and, according to Glick, one of the top junior colleges for basketball, sent a representative to Gwynn Park’s Dec. 19 matchup with Potomac. The Yellow Jackets lost, 69-49, and Joiner had one of his lowest outputs of the season (14 points, four rebounds). He was offered on the spot.

“Some kids level out, other kids continue to improve,” Glick said. “Evan spends a lot of time on his game. He’s continued to improve. We’ve been really, really happy with him.”

Tuesday, December 10
Washington Post Preview 2013-14
Washington Post Basketball preview: Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A John McDonnell/The Washington Post - Maryland recruit Dion Wiley and Potomac have the talent to return to the Maryland 3A final this winter, and the experienced Wolverines will be satisfied with nothing short of a title. Buy This Photo By Chelsea Janes, Published: December 4E-mail the writer Top teams Potomac (22-4), Gwynn Park (13-11), Central (13-8) Top players G Davon Taylor, Central, Sr. G Dion Wiley, Potomac, Sr. G Randall Broddie, Potomac, Jr. F Abdulai Bundu, Largo, Jr. G Kavon Sclafford, Fairmont Heights, So. Skinny With a backcourt that features a returning first-team All-Met selection in Wiley (Maryland) and a potential first-teamer in Broddie, you’ll have a tough time finding anyone willing to bet against Potomac to finish atop Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A this year. In addition to Wiley and Broddie, the Wolverines return forwards Anthony Smith and captain Dayjar Dickson, four of the top six scorers from last year’s state finalist squad. .?.?. Douglass (13-12) was the only 3A/2A/1A team to beat Potomac last season, and while the Eagles lost last year’s leading scorer Saquan Epps-Walker, they return nearly all their other scoring threats including 6-foot-6 Marsalis Hurley and 6-foot-5 Tyler Smith. .?.?. Gwynn Park lost its top two scorers, including guard Jalen Harris and his 18 points per game, but the Yellow Jackets have plenty of backcourt talent — including Cedric Hines, Mike Pegram and Evan Joiner — waiting to emerge in his stead. .?.?. With Calvin Lovitt (18 ppg) gone to graduation, Taylor (16 ppg) will have to carry the load for Central, which must replace four of its five leading scorers.

Tuesday, December 10
PG Gazette Gwynn Park Preview 2013-14

Thursday, December 05, 2013

PG Gazette Gwynn Park Preview

Coach: Mike Glick

7th season

Last season: 13-10

Starters returning: 3

Last state tournament: 2011

Outlook: Gwynn Park coach Mike Glick enters this season with a challenge: “It’s one of the smallest teams I’ve had at Gwynn Park,” he said. “We’re going to be very guard-oriented team. They are all very good players, but we’ll have to focus on rebounding and defense.” Glick said he’ll likely start four guards with their lone post player, 6-foot-7 senior Isaiah Martin. Three returning starters — senior guards Cedric Hines, Evan Joiner and Mike Pegram — join two transfers from Washington Catholic Athletic Conference schools, Jayson Johnson, a sophomore point guard from St. Mary’s Ryken, and Marquis Holland, a senior guard from Bishop Ireton. Anwar Mack, Aaron Parker and a second post player, Marquan Lee, round out players who will receive the bulk of minutes this year.

Thursday, June 6
Gwynn Park basketball is “guardedly optimistic”
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Gwynn Park basketball is “guardedly optimistic”

Rising Gwynn Park senior Isaiah Martin kind of blended in with the crowd during this past winter's basketball season.

The 6-foot, 4-inches-and-above crowd.

But as the Yellow Jackets' summer league team stood around the Riverdale Baptist gymnasium court following a 58-47 win over Charles County's Lackey High in Thursday's 38th annual Falconers summer basketball league season opener, the 6-7 Martin stood tall above the rest.

For the first time in two seasons — the same amount of time it's been since the Yellow Jackets' last state tournament appearance in 2011 — Gwynn Park will return a solid nucleus of players next winter. But the team will have an entirely different look.

Last year five of seventh-year Yellow Jackets head coach Mike Glick's players stood at 6-4 or taller. This year Martin is the lone “big guy.”

Not to worry.

Gwynn Park has spent the past two months since summer league basketball practices started in March reworking its entire offense. A traditionally big team reliant on sheer physical strength, the Yellow Jackets employed a more guard-oriented approach Thursday.

The Falconers league, summer coach Spencer Way said, is the perfect opportunity for Gwynn Park to fine tune it's new style of play in preparation for what he and the Yellow Jackets hope will be a more prosperous 2013-14.

Way, a 2002 Gwynn Park graduate, just concluded his fifth season as the Yellow Jackets' junior varsity coach. His charges this summer, he added, are driven by the desire to get Gwynn Park back to the top of Prince George's County basketball after what he described as a rocky season.

“The tradition is there. The hunger is there. That's what I'm trying to instill in the kids,” Way said. “We've had to adjust to the personnel. We're used to bigger teams but we are a smaller team now, so we made adjustments to accommodate.”

Though Gwynn Park lost its top two scorers to graduation — Jalen Harris (18.2 points per game) and 6-6 Ackhel Bazil (8.4 ppg) — the Yellow Jackets are slated to return its next five top scorers.

And the special part of it is that each of them — Evan Joiner (7.6 ppg), Cedric Hines (6.5 ppg), Mike Pegram (5.5), Martin (5.4) and Anwar Mack (3.8) — brings a different skill and all of them, Hines said, complement each other well.

“We've built a more guard-oriented [game]. We're going to try and create mismatches off the dribble. We can spread people out. Our defensive pressure did a good job [against Lackey], our defense rotated well,” Way said.

Hines, who transferred in from DeMatha Catholic last year and has attracted attention from a number of Division I coaches with a strong spring AAU season, will be at the center of Gwynn Park's five-guard attack next winter.

A dynamic passer, quick-footed Hines will step in as point guard. He is emotionally intense in a good way, Way said, and can knock down an outside shot as well when necessary.

Martin will be the go-to player inside the paint. Hines said the Yellow Jackets will have to do everything they can to help him out on the boards.

Mack is a defensive specialist, Way said, and an incredibly cerebral player who will knock down some open shots and Pegram could be the team's best shooter. He can beat opponents off the dribble, Way said, and will be an inside-outside threat.

Martin led the team in scoring Thursday with 12 points. Joiner added 10 and Hines, Pegram, Mack, Jason Johnson and Marquis Holland all added at least seven points.

There are a number of county teams who would celebrate a 13-11 record but for a team with as rich a basketball history as Gwynn Park — 10 state championships — 2012-13 was a bit of a down year.

With a talented core of players set to return, next winter is shaping up to be quite a promising one. But with a different approach.

“I think teams might be surprised. We play a lot faster, We move the ball around, we have to run and drive and kick out and play good defense. We have a lot of athletic guards, we can adjust to anything,” Joiner said.

Monday, May 20
Gwynn Park’s Jalen Harris headed to Nyack College

Gwynn Park’s Jalen Harris headed to Nyack College

Gwynn Park’s Jalen Harris became familiar with the basketball recruiting process last year, watching his teammates set their future plans.

Gwynn Park guard Jalen Harris signs his National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Division II Nyack College. (Photo courtesy Tasha Harris)

Gwynn Park guard Jalen Harris signs his National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Division II Nyack College. (Photo courtesy Tasha Harris)

During his junior season, the 6-foot-2 guard was surrounded by seniors in the Yellow Jackets’ eight-man rotation. While Harris turned his focus toward his senior year, the other seven players all found colleges or prep schools to continue their careers.

After bumping his production up to 18 points per game this winter, Harris relished his chance to make a college pick. He signed with Division II Nyack College earlier this month, picking the New York school over a pair of other Division II options, Barton College (N.C.) and Newberry (S.C.).

“They seemed most interested in me, so that was important,” said Harris, who will have about 75 percent of his first-year costs covered by the scholarship. “Their coaches are very passionate, and I had a good rapport with the team. I felt like it was a good place for me to be successful.”

A three-year varsity player, Harris played an important role on Gwynn Park’s Prince George’s County champion team last year on a squad that featured guard Xavier Richards (Baltimore City Community College) and forward Marcel Boyd (Howard), among others.

But the long-range marksman had to adjust his game as a senior once he became the team’s clear top offensive option. With defenses focused on shutting him down, the guard found fewer open outside shots and had to learn to pick his spots to create his own shot.

This winter, Harris earned honorable mention All-Met honors, averaging 18.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game for the Yellow Jackets, who went 13-11.

Late in the season, he missed three games after spraining his right ankle in practice but returned for the team’s Maryland 2A South playoff game at then-unbeaten Oakland Mills. The Scorpions cruised to a 73-45 victory, but Harris poured in a game-high 22 points, playing at less than full speed in his final high school game.

Harris said Nyack Coach Jason Crafton began pursuing him last summer. The former Navy assistant called Harris “a true gym rat” in a press release announcing his addition to the team.

Harris will play shooting guard for the Warriors and plans to study business administration and sports management at the school located just outside of New York City. He signed his National Letter-of-Intent during a ceremony at the Brandywine school alongside teammate Ackhel Bazil, a 6-foot-6 forward who received a full scholarship to nearby Washington Adventist.

Since the basketball season ended, Harris has been working out with a personal trainer and hopes to play this summer in the Kenner League to get better prepared for the jump in competition.

“I need to work on my strength right now,” Harris said. “I don’t want to be bullied around at the college level.”

Friday, April 12
Gwynn Park’s Ackhel Bazil cuts unique path to basketball scholarship at Washington Adventist

Gwynn Park’s Ackhel Bazil cuts unique path to basketball scholarship at Washington Adventist

Senior Ackhel Bazil moved to Brandywine from St. Thomas to seek a college baskteball scholarship, and he was rewarded with a full ride to Washington Adventist. (Photo courtesy Mike Glick)

Senior Ackhel Bazil moved to Brandywine from St. Thomas to seek a college basketball scholarship, and he was rewarded with a full ride to Washington Adventist. (Photo courtesy Mike Glick)

Washington Adventist men’s basketball Coach Patrick Crarey told Gwynn Park senior Ackhel Bazil he could take his time considering the scholarship offer. But the 6-foot-6 forward felt he’d already waited long enough, so he committed on the spot during a March 26 campus visit.

While still at the Takoma Park school that afternoon, Bazil dialed his mother, Gloria, on the phone back in the Carribean nation of St. Thomas with news that their shared dream had come true.

“She started screaming,” Bazil said by phone this week. “She started laughing. She started crying. She said she was really happy, excited. She couldn’t believe it.”

Long ago, Bazil locked in on basketball as has his ticket to a better life. While still living in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the youngster got his first glimpses of this country through a series of annual trips to Florida with an all-star team of local players.

In early 2011, Gloria Bazil, a nurse in her homeland, took a leap of faith in sending her son to live with a family friend, Sheniko Frett, in Brandywine with the hope he’d earn a free college education through the sport.

Thanks to two strong seasons at Gwynn Park under Coach Mike Glick, the athletic forward with impressive rebounding skills and a raw offensive game has found a home with the Shock, who currently play at the Division II level but will move to the NAIA in 2014.

Bazil, who also had interest from West Virginia State and Baltimore City Community College, will have tuition and full room and board paid for at the school where he plans to major in criminal justice to possibly pursue a career in drug enforcement.

“Defensively, the kid’s a mid to high major [recruit],” said Glick, a former Washington Adventist assistant. “He’s the best shot blocker I’ve had in my seven years at Gwynn Park. … He’s really made a humungous step this season. He was our team MVP.”

Bazil arrived at Gwynn Park too late in his sophomore year to suit up for the Yellow Jackets, but Glick quickly got him in the gym and working out with his team.

At first, progress was slow as the forward adjusted to a different style of play and his new surroundings. Glick saw a player with little confidence who often struggled just to pass and catch on the offensive end because he was trying to move too quickly.

“Everything changed,” Bazil said.

Since then, Bazil has blossomed on and off the court. In his senior season, he averaged 8.5 points, 12.4 rebounds and 4.9 blocks per game for the Yellow Jackets, who finished 13-11.

Bazil said he became aware of Washington Adventist’s interest after posting 23 points and 18 rebounds in a 61-40 loss to eventual Maryland 4A state runner-up Magruder on Dec. 27. From then on, Crarey and his staff kept contact with Bazil, and the senior began to more clearly see his path to a scholarship.

“It made me want to play harder and show off, so he would keep the interest in me,” Bazil said. “I didn’t want him to want me for this week and then forget about me.”

The sport has opened up opportunities that Bazil never thought possible, including the chance to play with the U.S. Virgin Islands national team at the FIBA Americas U-18 Championship in Brazil last summer.

Bazil started in the post for the U.S. Virgin Islands team, which went 2-3 during the competition. That included a 105-42 loss to the United States team that eventually won the title.

At the tournament, Bazil averaged 4.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, but he took his lumps against the Americans. He went scoreless and fouled out in 14 minutes, playing most of that time matched up against Julius Randle, the Kentucky-bound power forward who is considered among the top recruits in the Class of 2013.

Bazil said the experience showed him how much room he has left for improvement, while providing an unforgettable taste of what it might be like to play the sport at the highest level.

“I can’t even tell you how many autographs I signed,” Bazil said. “I signed hundreds and hundreds. They treat you like Kobe or LeBron. It’s amazing, and I owe it all to basketball.”

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Friday, April 12
Power forward averaged 12.5 rebounds per game signs with Washington Adventist
Thursday, April 11, 2013             

On April 4, Gwynn Park High School senior and 6-foot-6 power forward Ackhel Bazil signed his letter of intent to play for Washington Adventist University.

“I consider [Bazil] the top defensive post player in the [3A/2A/1A League],” Yellow Jackets coach Mike Glick wrote in an email. When listing off his stats, Glick mentioned Bazil’s 12.5 rebounds per game, 5.0 blocks per game and 8.5 points per game. He then added, somewhat jokingly, Bazil also had “one million altered shots.”

Despite the Yellow Jackets suffering somewhat of a down year during his senior season, Bazil, who was selected to the Prince George’s County Senior All-Star Game a few weeks back, still recorded five double-doubles and reached double-digit rebounds in 11 games. His season-high was 25 rebounds in a win over Fairmont Heights, which followed a 21-rebound performance in a three point loss to Potomac.

“I embrace it,” Bazil said of his role being primarily to dominate the glass and alter shots. “I like it. I love it.”

Washington Adventist finished the 2012-2013 season 9-19 and its leading rebounder amassed 121 total rebounds. Bazil said he was told that he is currently the “No. 1 power forward they were looking at” and that he should “play major, major minutes.” He guesses that he will likely start as a college freshman.

Bazil’s role, he said, would be “to rebound the basketball, block shots, play defense, and if I can get a shot off, then get a shot off.”

The Shock also looked into other local recruits such as John F. Kennedy’s Marcus Murray, a second-team All-Gazette selection in Montgomery County.

Friday, March 1
Oakland Mills overwhelms Gwynn Park in Maryland 2A South quarterfinal

Oakland Mills overwhelms Gwynn Park in Maryland 2A South quarterfinal

Oakland Mills junior Marvin Williams has worked on his dunking all season during practices, but until Thursday night, he’d never dared to attempt to throw one down in a game. When Williams broke into the open court in the third quarter of the Maryland 2A South quarterfinal against Gwynn Park, the timing suddenly seemed too perfect not to go for it.

With a Yellow Jacket in close pursuit the layup might have been the high-percentage play, but the guard rose for a right-handed slam that whipped the capacity crowd in his home gym into more of a frenzy.

Everything seemed to work for No. 9 Oakland Mills in a convincing 73-45 victory over Gwynn Park in Columbia. The Scorpions kept their unblemished record intact thanks to balanced scoring and a smothering defensive effort in a game they led by as many as 34 points. They will host Largo, which beat Marriotts Ridge, 70-63, in a region semifinal on Tuesday.

“I wanted to go up strong, but I wasn’t sure what I was going to do,” said Williams, who finished with 12 points. “Then I was like, ‘We’re up and it’s the playoffs, so I’m going to try and dunk it.’”

The emphatic victory helped avenge some painful history for Oakland Mills, which remains the only undefeated public school team in the state.

Two years ago, the Scorpions won their first 25 games of the season before Gwynn Park beat them, 52-48, on the same floor in the region final. The Yellow Jackets eliminated the Howard County school three straight years starting in 2009, twice with a state tournament berth on the line.

None of the current Oakland Mills players were around for any of those games, but 2010-11 All-Met Player of the Year Greg Whittington, now a Georgetown sophomore, was in attendance and briefly addresses the team at halftime.

“I didn’t talk much about [the history] because they don’t know,” Oakland Mills Coach Jon Browne said. “They don’t have a care in the world. They don’t think anyone can beat them, and I don’t want to burst their bubble.”

Indeed, Oakland Mills (22-0) left little doubt this time, building its advantage during the middle quarters. Gwynn Park (13-11) converted just one field goal in the second quarter as the Scorpions broke the game open with an 18-4 run.

Seniors Lavon Long (11 points) and Dajuan Dent (12 points) were both strong inside offensively and helped protect the basket on the other end.

Though the outcome had long since been decided, the Oakland Mills students, some of whom began lining up outside the school nearly two hours before tip-off, still exploded onto the court to celebrate at the final whistle.

“We’ve been working for two weeks as hard as we can every day, looking forward to this game and it really paid off,” said Long, a Loyola (Md.) recruit. “There’s not much I can say because I assumed we would do this.”

Gwynn Park senior Jalen Harris scored 19 of his game-high 22 points in the final quarter.

Friday, March 1
Georgetown’s Greg Whittington watches Oakland Mills eliminate Gwynn Park

Georgetown’s Greg Whittington watches Oakland Mills eliminate Gwynn Park

Former Oakland Mills standout Greg Whittington, seen here in a 2011 loss to Gwynn Park, provided his former squad some inspiration for Thursday's playoff victory over the Yellow Jackets. (Toni L. Sandys/Washington Post)

Former Oakland Mills standout Greg Whittington, seen here in a 2011 loss to Gwynn Park, provided his former team with some inspiration for Thursday’s playoff victory over the Yellow Jackets. (Toni L. Sandys/Washington Post)

Oakland Mills Coach Jon Browne didn’t bother with a history lesson before Thursday’s Maryland 2A quarterfinal against Gwynn Park. None of the current Scorpions had ever played against the Yellow Jackets, so as the veteran coach prepared the area’s last unbeaten team for its playoff opener, he thought it best to stay in the present.

Ninth-ranked Oakland Mills squashed any thoughts of an upset early in its emphatic 73-45 victory, and when it was over, the students still spilled onto the court to celebrate.

At 6-foot-8, Greg Whittington rose above the swarm, but really, he fit right in. The 2010-2011 All-Met Player of the Year wore a wide smile as he made the rounds, dispensing high-fives, hugs and pats on the head. The Georgetown sophomore never played with any of these Scorpions, but he clearly took pride from their performance against Gwynn Park, the team that ended each of his final three seasons at the Columbia school.

“He’s still a little kid, man, to me,” Browne said. “He’s a gym rat. He comes around a lot and makes his presence known because this place is special to him. He’s a program guy.”

Whittington, who is currently academically ineligible to compete for the Hoyas, had Oakland Mills in a similar position two years ago when he averaged 23.5 points per game and shot 60 percent from the field. The Scorpions won their first 25 games that season, only to fall to Gwynn Park, 52-48, in the region final.

Recent series history between Oakland Mills and Gwynn Park

2009 Maryland 2A QF Gwynn Park 66-50
2010 Maryland 2A Final Gwynn Park 79-75
2011 Maryland 2A South Final Gwynn Park 52-48
2013 Maryland 2A South QF Oakland Mills 73-45

A Georgetown starter relegated to scout team duties for now, Whittington arrived around tip-off for the teams’ fourth meeting in five years. He watched from the wall underneath one basket with former teammates Isaiah Allen and Evan Hopkins on Thursday.

Perhaps the most celebrated basketball recruit to come out of a Howard County public school in more than two decades, Whittington accompanied Oakland Mills into the locker room at halftime and briefly addressed the team.

“He was here in the same program as us with the same coach,” said senior Lavon Long, a Loyola (Md.) recruit. “In a way, we kind of did it for him because they didn’t get that win [against Gwynn Park] two years ago.”

Now 23-0, Oakland Mills advances to play Largo in a region semifinal on Tuesday. The Scorpions have not made the state tournament since 2001.

Brackets: Follow the Maryland playoffs from regions to the state finals

Friday, March 1
Oakland Mills boys basketball breaks through against Gwynn Park

Oakland Mills boys basketball breaks through against Gwynn Park

Scorpions make statement in 2A South playoffs; Long Reach, Marriotts Ridge fall in region quarterfinals

Oakland Mills vs. Gwynn Park

Oakland Mills' Nekhi Bradley, left, and Deshawn Willis, top, battle Gwynn Park's Evan Joiner for the ball. (Staff photo by Jen Rynda / February 28, 2013)

It was a fitting end to a perfect night. Oakland Mills senior Devin Hunter’s 3-pointer from the wing as time expired hit nothing but net, the Scorpions’ overflow crowd began spilling onto the floor and a celebration five years in the making broke out.

For an Oakland Mills program that had been patiently waiting for another shot to get over the Gwynn Park hump in the playoffs, Thursday night’s emphatic 73-45 2A South quarterfinal win in front of a sold-out gym was everything it could have hoped for.

“That’s a statement win for this team and for me, personally, it’s especially huge,” said Oakland Mills coach Jon Browne, who had lost to the Yellowjackets three straight years between 2009 and 2011. “We needed a game like this against a team like that … I couldn’t be more proud of these guys for their effort tonight.”

Oakland Mills (23-0), which remains the only undefeated public school team left in the state of Maryland, ended up being led by four guys scoring in double figures. Deshawn Willis led the way with 15, followed by Dajuan Dent (12 points, 8 rebounds, 5 blocks), Marvin Williams (12 points) and Lavon Long (11 points, 12 rebounds).

The win advances the Scorpions into a semifinal match-up with Largo on Tuesday.

For Gwynn Park (13-11), Jalen Harris led the way with a game-high 22 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter. By the time he got going, though, the game was well in hand.

In front of a capacity crowd that had filled the gym nearly an hour before tip-off, Oakland Mills came out firing. Williams hit two deep threes in the opening minute to quickly stake the Scorpions to a 6-0 advantage.

“It was really important to get the crowd involved (early) and it made the momentum go up more and more … I was just really feeling it in the pre-game warm up,” Williams said.

Browne said those early points, which ended up giving Oakland Mills a lead it never surrendered the rest of the night, was key to settling the team’s nerves.

“That set the tone, got the fans into it … two absolutely huge shots by him,” Browne said. “From there, we just methodically kept widening the lead after that.”

Oakland Mills was up 13-8 after the first quarter and then really separated itself in the second. Behind a smothering defense that held Gwynn Park to just one field goal in the second quarter, the Scorpions opened up a 28-12 lead at the half.

“We couldn’t score … we struggled against their zone, got down and had to play from behind. That wasn’t where our game plan was,” Gwynn Park coach Michael Glick said.

Things didn’t get much better in the scoring department for the Yellowjackets after intermission, as they mustered just eight points in the third quarter.

“They weren’t shooting the ball well, so we kind of packed it in a little bit more and forced them to take those jumpers,” Browne said. “Their penetration against the zone, I’ve seen it, is incredible at times. We just really wanted to limit that.”

And while Gwynn Park was sputtering, Oakland Mills took advantage.

During a four-minute stretch in the middle of the period, Oakland Mills rattled off a 15-2 run that opened up the team’s first 30-point lead of the night. Included in that game-sealing push was a fast-break dunk by Williams that brought the crowd to its feet.

Oakland Mills went up by as many as 36 points, 61-25, at one point in the fourth quarter before emptying the bench. The 73 points ended up as the second most points Gwynn Park has allowed all season

“We’d beaten them three years in a row in the playoffs, so of course they’re going to be inspired,” Glick said. “We knew we were going to get their best shot … they’re undefeated for a reason.

“All credit goes to them, I thought they played an exceptional game.”

While the victory over the Yellowjackets was certainly big, Browne was careful afterward to point out that this is just the first step in what he hopes is a lengthy postseason run.

We’ll enjoy this one tonight, but we’ve got to come back and do it all again against Largo — another very formidable opponent,” Browne said. “There can’t be a let down, we have to keep going up. This time of year, if you’re not getting better every night, you’re going home.”

Oakland Mills 73, Gwynn Park 45

OM (23-0): Willis 15, Dent 12, Williams 12, Long 11, Bradley 6, Reyna 6, Hunter 3, Kiely 3. Madden-Stricker 3, Zayatz 2.

Oakland Mills vs. Gwynn Park boys basketball [Pictures] Oakland Mills vs. Gwynn Park boys basketball [Pictures]

GP (13-11): Harris 22, Bazil 9, I. Martin 6, Hines 4, Pegram 3, Joiner 1.

Half: 28-12 OM.

Friday, March 1
Notes: Oakland Mills vs. Gwynn Park (2A South)

Notes: Oakland Mills vs. Gwynn Park (2A South)

As the lone undefeated team remaining in Maryland, the expectations are high for Oakland Mills in Class 2A. Considered a favorite for a trip to Comcast Center for the state semifinals and finals, the Howard County champs will have to come out of their 2A South region unscatched.

The Scorpions their journey towards Comcast Center with a dominant 73-45 win over eighth-seeded Gwynn Park on Thursday night, moving to 23-0 behind 15 points from Deshawn Willis.

Marvin Williams hit the first two shots of the game (both three pointers) for the Scorpions, who did not trail at any point in this regional quarterfinal victory.

Oakland Mills extended the top of their zone defense nearly to half court, forcing turnovers while challenging the Gwynn Park guards to drive. On the few occasions that the Yellow Jackets were able to get by Oakland Mills’ first line of defense, forwards Lavon Long and Dajuan Dent were ready and able to alter and swat away layup attempts.

Loyola signee Lavon Long  is leading Oakland Mills as they attempt to make a run at the 2A state title.

Loyola signee Lavon Long is leading Oakland Mills as they attempt to make a run at the 2A state title.

The Scorpions only allowed 20 points through three quarters and were able to force their up-tempo style of play upon the Yellow Jackets, who repeatedly tried to slow the pace to no avail.

Junior guard Marvin Williams provided the highlight of the night with a breakaway dunk, sending the capacity crowd into a frenzy and ending any hope Gwynn Park had for a comeback. The Yellow Jackets did not go down without a fight as they managed to score 25 points in the fourth quarter, 19 of which came from senior lead guard Jalen Harris (who did not start).

Oakland Mills will look to extend their season next Tuesday as they take on Largo in the 2A South regional semifinals. Randomly selected as the No. 13 seed, the Lions have won both of their opening games on the road–at No. 12 Marriotts Ridge in the regional quarterfinals and at No. 4 Central in the 1st round.

OM- Willis 15, Dent 12, Williams 12, Long 11, Bradley 6, Reyna 6
GP- Harris 22, Bazil 9, Martin 6, Hines 4, Pegram 3


  • Lavon Long can do it all for Oakland Mills. The lefty forward can bring the ball up against the press, make crisp skip and outlet passes, as well as shooting the three or scoring from in the paint. Pair Long with Dent in the high-low game and the Scorpions have a deadly combination thanks to Dent’s midrange game. A Loyola (Md.) signee, Long is excellent against a zone defense, where he can drive or find open teammates from the high post.
  • Dajuan Dent originally struggled to see his 15 foot jumper fall but got back on track and finished with 12 points. Dent was a monster blocking shots, including a series where he smacked a lay-in attempt off the glass and trailed the fast break to tip in a missed layup for the Scorpions. One thing to watch with Dent is foul trouble, as he fouled out with 4:20 remaining in the fourth quarter in this one. Gwynn Park’s Ackhel Bazil (more on Bazil below) and Isaiah Martin could match up with Dent size-wise, which was a likely reason for his foul problems despite the fact that he got the best of the duo overall.
  • Jalen Harris had a courageous finish in a game that had been decided for over a quarter, coming up with 19 points in the fourth quarter. He was fouled with 5 seconds remaining and began cramping up but the senior limped to the line after a significant delay to take his final free throws. Harris did not start and appeared to be favoring one leg all night, leaving many shots short but still finishing with a game-high 22 points.
  • Ackhel Bazil was the only offense Gwynn Park had early, coming away with six first quarter points off of just putbacks, hitting the boards hard against Long and Dent. Bazil matched up well with Dent’s athleticism and provided a tough matchup down low due to his size and leaping ability. The senior has loads of raw talent but could not come up with regular baskets on the block that could have kept the Yellow Jackets close when they were struggling for offense.
  • Oakland Mills didn’t play a spotless game, going 8-for-14 from the foul line and turning the ball over regularly as they pushed the pace. Guards Nekhi Bradley and Marvin Williams can be great in transition but at times aren’t careful enough with the ball despite being a bit underrated at their positions. Bradley and Williams will be key components to the Scorpions winning a state title if they can continue to lighten the load on Dent and Long while taking advantage of and controlling fast break opportunities.

Mike Wenig is a featured contributor for

Thursday, February 28
Gwynn Park Tops McDonough 49-40 in 1st Round

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Gwynn Park Tops McDonough 49-40

By ERIK LARSON, DMV Elite Director of Scouting

BRANDYWINE, MD – McDonough (13-9) and Gwynn Park (12-10) entered the 2A South first round playoff game on Tuesday night with similar records and matched up well on the floor. Gwynn Park played the game without their leading scorer Jalen Harris who accounts for 18 points per game. It would take a full team effort to allow the Yellow Jackets to win this contest by the score 49-40.

The first half was dominated by McDonough’s point guard Marqel Austin (19 points), a 5’7 senior who was able to control the tempo of the game. He drove to the basket at will and finished with pull up jumpers and floaters over bigger players. He showed the ability to lead his team who was less talented and his ball handling made it difficult for Gwynn Park to pressure the ball. He performed as a one man fast break for most of the first half and was able to get his team out to a 26-20 lead.

The Yellow Jackets were able to turn the second half led by Ackhel Bazil who scored 8 points, but his effort was crucial for the win. Ackhel, a 6’5 senior forward, was the emotional leader and owned the paint on both ends of the floor. Either by blocking shots or rebounding (18 rebounds), he limited possessions for the Rams and provided the emotional boost Gwynn Park needed to pull away in the second half.

Other contributors for the Yellow Jackets included Cedric Hines (13 points), Rashawn Boyd (6 points, 15 rebounds) and Isaiah Martin (6 points). Hines, a 5’9 junior guard has 3 point range and was able to drive the paint and finish. Boyd, a 6’4 senior forward, rebounded well and defended very well. Martin, a 6’6 junior, showed he has a great shooting touch and the length to make a difference in the paint on defense.

Gwynn Park’s will line up at Oakland Mills on Thursday night in Columbia. Coach Michael Glick said he was unsure if Jalen Harris would return for the game.

Friday, February 15
Gwynn Park beats Friendly at the buzzer 65-64 in ot
Friday, February 15, 2013

Gwynn Park High School’s boys basketball team was already without leading scorer Jalen Harris against Friendly on Thursday, but after Ackhel Bazil fouled out at the end of regulation, the Yellow Jackets were also missing their top defensive player. So playing shorthanded made their thrilling overtime victory even sweeter.

With 3.6 seconds remaining in overtime, junior Cedric Hines took an inbounds pass, drove the length of the court, and converted a left-handed layup at the buzzer to give his team a 65-64 win over the Patriots. The victory extended Gwynn Park’s winning streak to four games as it heads into the playoffs.

“All I was thinking in my mind was, ‘Please make the layup.’ It’s unexplainable right now,” said Bazil, who watched the final moments from the sideline. “To watch my team without me and our leading scorer. They made me proud.”

Added Hines: “That was the biggest moment of my life.”

Trailing 62-60 in the final minute of overtime, Gwynn Park’s Xavier Duckworth dove to the floor for a loose ball and managed to slide a pass to Hines while on the ground, which led to a old-fashioned 3-point play.

On the next possession, Friendly’s Michael West hit a bank shot to give the Patriots a 64-63 lead with 3.6 seconds remaining.

Gwynn Park coach Michael Glick then called a timeout before setting up the Hines’ game-winner — a play the team had practiced more than 30 times over the last few practices.

“It was exactly how we drew it up,” Glick said.

The Patriots went ahead early, leading by 12 points in the second quarter. The Yellow Jackets, aided by Bazil’s defensive effort, slowly crept back into the game. He had four blocks, including a pair in the third quarter that helped swing the momentum in Gwynn Park’s favor. Bazil had 16 blocks in a win 68-44 win against Largo on Tuesday and averages nine per game.

Patriots guard Kevin Collins had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but Terry Martin forced him to take a difficult shot. Martin was one of several role players to make significant contributions in the victory.

Harris, a senior, was out due to undisclosed reasons.

“We’re only as strong as our weakest link and once you kids start understanding that, you’ll be a championship team,” Glick told his team after the game.

Gwynn Park has grown accustomed to playing in close games. Before its four-game winning streak, the team suffered three consecutive losses by a combined six points.

“This game is typical of our league,” Glick said. “Our league has been a one or two point league all year long. It’s our third overtime game. Every game we play has been close.”

In addition to hitting the game-winner, Hines also made a pair of clutch free throws with 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime. Hines and junior Mike Pegram led the team in scoring with 16 points, while Evan Joiner tallied 15.

“Right now, I feel like we’re a state championship team,” Bazil said. “We’re going to states. We’re going all the way.”

Gwynn Park 65, Friendly 64

Gwynn Park (10-8) 13 12 13 20 7 — 65

Friendly (11-11) 18 13 8 19 6 — 64


Gwynn Park: Cedric Hines 16, Mike Pegram 16, Evan Joiner 15, Rashawn Boyd 8, Ackhel Bazil 5, John Wilburn 4, Anwar Mack 1.

Friendly: Kevin Collins 20, Michael West 17, Brandon Robinson 8, Michael Clarke 5, Alpha Kamara 5, Emmanuel Edmonds 5, Kevin Holston 2, Bryan Xymnis 2.

Monday, February 4
Dion Wiley shakes off shooting woes to lead Potomac over Gwynn Park in ot
Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 02/04/2013

Letters of Interest: Dion Wiley shakes off shooting woes to lead Potomac (Md.)

Potomac (Md.) junior Dion Wiley takes pride in his offensive versatility. With a potent long-range shot and deft touch around the basket to match, the 6-foot-4 guard has attracted scholarship offers from top college programs across the country.

Potomac’s Dion Wiley overcame a poor shooting night by being aggressive late in an overtime win over Gwynn Park. (Doug Kapustin - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST) But there came a point in the second half of Potomac (Md.)’s 58-55 overtime victory on Friday against Gwynn Park when Wiley concluded it was time to become more one-dimensional.

Wiley pushed through a poor shooting night with one explosive drive to the basket after another. He found a way to produce the offense the Wolverines needed to shake the pesky Yellow Jackets, scoring the game’s final four points from the free throw line in the last 20 seconds.

“My shot wasn’t falling, so I went to the hole and kept on attacking,” said Wiley, who finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds and six steals. “I knew I needed to be aggressive.”

Gwynn Park nearly pulled the upset following a game plan tailored to frustrate high-scoring Potomac. The Yellow Jackets controlled the tempo with their disciplined play on the offensive end, forcing the home team to guard for long stretches. When the Wolverines finally got the ball, they were anxious and rushed shots.

Wiley, who now holds 10 scholarship offers, had trouble finding his rhythm in part because of Gwynn Park’s triangle-and-two defense. The Yellow Jackets sought to deny touches for Potomac’s top two scorers, Wiley and freshman Randall Broddie, and make the other players on the floor provide the offense.

Wiley converted just three field goals and was credited with only eight shot attempts because he was fouled so often trying to get to the rim. He finished 11 of 16 at the free throw line on a night the Panthers hit 31 of 38 as a team.

“That’s the hardest 18 points he’s ever going to score,” Potomac Coach Renard Johnson said. “I promise you that.”

Wiley said the performance helped highlight his improved ball-handling, an aspect of his game he has worked to strengthen.

Last summer, the guard emerged as one of the area’s most coveted recruits, boosting his stock playing with Team Takeover on the AAU circuit. On that squad, St. John’s junior Tre Campbell and Mount St. Joseph’s junior Phil Booth handled the point guard duties, setting up Wiley to showcase his scoring ability.

Though Broddie and senior Chris Winn are both more natural point guards, Wiley will often bring the ball up court for his high school team and initiate the offense.

The formula has worked well as Wiley has averaged 17.1 points per game, and Potomac (Md.) (14-2, 12-1) now hold a 2 1/2 game lead on Central (10-4, 9-3) for the top spot in the Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A standings. The Wolverines are seeking their first league title since 2006.

“Some of the colleges looking at me thought I was just a shooter,” said Wiley. “They didn’t really know I could dribble and create plays for my teammates. When they see me doing that now [for Potomac], I think they’re impressed.”

Late last month, Wiley said Connecticut became the latest team to offer him a scholarship. The list also includes Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, North Carolina State, Villanova, Cincinnati and Miami.

Here are a few other highlights from a busy weekend in area high school sports:

• No. 12 St. John’s beat DeMatha, 60-58, on Friday, downing the Stags nearly 10 years to the day of their most recent win against their WCAC rivals. Junior Darian Anderson hit the game-winning jumper from the elbow with 1.6 seconds left. The last time the Cadets had defeated DeMatha was on Jan. 31, 2003. The weekend almost got even better for St. John’s as it just missed an upset of No. 3 Paul VI on Sunday, falling 55-53.

• Top-ranked Gonzaga added to DeMatha’s struggles with a 68-52 win on Sunday, closing out a regular season sweep of the Stags. All-Met Kris Jenkins led the way with 16 points and seven rebounds as the Eagles stayed unbeaten in WCAC play. With Paul VI’s win over O’Connell on Friday, Gonzaga is alone atop the conference standings, heading into Tuesday’s game against the Knights.

•No. 2 Theodore Roosevelt and No. 11 Oakland Mills are the last unbeaten teams left in The Post’s boys’ basketball Top 20 after Heritage took down Loudoun Valley on Friday, 77-70. Zach Coffman scored 32 points to spark the Pride’s upset.

Saturday, February 2
Potomac edges improving Gwynn Park in OT 58-55

Potomac edges improving Gwynn Park in OT

Ron Bailey, Publisher


Wolverines have to battle Yellow Jackets this time.

February 3, 2013 - Hoping to revenge their 12.20.12 home loss to Potomac, Gwynn Park strode into their PG 3A/2A/1A rival's gym last night with emotion and a solid game plan. Though they forced the game to an extra session, their goal would not be met, losing 58-55, before a packed gym.

"Our goal was to get them into a slow down game" revealed Gwynn Park's head coach, Mike Glick. "They are the most talented team in the league". He also noted during the team's first meeting, a 15 point defeat, Potomac used said talent to run up and down the floor, decidedly to their advantage.

Dion wiley picked up his overall play in the second half.

Last night, Glick employed that strategy in a counter-intuitive manner; down four points early in the fourth quarter, Glick actually held the ball for around 35 seconds, with his Potomac counterpart Renard Johnson eventually eschewing his zone defense and coming out to meet the spread out Yellow Jackets.

It's not common for a team down, to hold the ball, and for the team up, to respond by changing to a more pressure defense.

"We wanted to actually shorten the game" explained Glick, "We wanted less possessions", thereby reducing the touches - read chances to score - Potomac would have going forward. He was not concerned with reducing this own team's scoring opportunities.

Gwynn Park went on to force overtime, with emotion playing a key role; almost every 50-50 ball seemed to be gained by the Yellow Jackets.

Of the playoff atmosphere, the game's leading scorer, junior guard Dion Wiley noted "It was intense".

Wiley, who notched 18 points, though he did miss some crucial free throws down the stretch, saved his best for crunch time, manufacturing buckets out of Potomac's iso-centric attack. It was clear the Wolverines would ride on his shoulders.

Guard Randall Broddie scored 12 points, while going eighth of eight from the line, though he did force some shots late. Senior forward Romone Saunders finished with 11 points and double digit rebounds, while equaling his sophomore teammate's 8-8, free throw clip.

Senior forward Ackhel Bazil was a load down low for Gwynn Park, scoring 11 points and being credited with a whopping 21 boards. Junior guard Ced Hines led GP with 16 points, while class/position-mate Evan Joiner 13 points and seven caroms.

Up next for the Wolverines of Potomac (14-2 overall, 12-1 in league) is a January 5th trip to Largo. Gwynn Park, 8-10/6-8 and according to Glick "0-7 when tied or up with two minutes to go" welcome Fairmont Heights the same day. Both games are 7:15 tips.

"We are getting better" opined Glick of his team, a sentiment Potomac's Wiley conceded, saying "They are stronger (as a team) than last time".

The PG 3A/2A/1A heats up, as expected.

Recruiting Roundup:

Romone Saunders - A 6'3", 210 pound forward, Saunders is instrumental to Potomac's success - he rebounds, shoots, handles the ball against pressure (as a point forward) and finds people, all on a regular basis. Saunders makes it happen. Has reportedly dropped a double-double in every game.

Romone Saunders can do many things.

A solid student, Saunders presently has very little recruiting interest, though he's the type of player that with more work on his perimeter defense/lateral quickness, could transition nicely to a college three-man.

Ced Hines - A point guard that must more fully develop his left hand, Hines gets to the rim regardless, where he can finish - strong. Is very athletic and aggressive.

Is currently un-recruited, but a strong summer and continued good work with Gwynn Park could change that. Also has to demonstrate a consistent stop and pop jumer, to add to his finishing and floaters.

Thursday, January 3
Bazil moved from the Virgin Islands to pursue basketball scholarship
Gwynn Park senior goes from role player to leader

Bazil moved from the Virgin Islands to pursue basketball scholarship

There are hard workers, Gwynn Park High School boys basketball coach Michael Glick said, and then there is senior forward Ackhel Bazil.

The 6-foot-6 post player is here for a reason, though, and he plays like it.

Bazil uprooted himself two years ago, left his family in the Virgin Islands to come to the continental United States where he lives with his legal guardian, Sheniko Frett, in Brandywine, to pursue a basketball scholarship.

“That is what drives me to play every night, to be the best I can be. In the Virgin Islands, my opportunities were very limited. If I came [to the U.S.] I would have the opportunity to help my mom out, she would not have the money to send me to college. I could get a free education and then when I'm done, I would go back and help her, do what I can for my family,” Bazil said.

Glick said there is no doubt in his mind Bazil will earn a scholarship and attend college. Right now, he added, Bazil is focusing on the season and playing his basketball and the two will get to work on making college decisions in March.

Though Bazil quickly adjusted to his new surroundings in Maryland, he needed work on the hardwood, Glick said.

The Virgin Islands are U.S. territory but the style of basketball Bazil grew up playing in no way resembled American ball, he said.

The speed of Gwynn Park's game, the organization and offensive/defensive schemes, Bazil added, was a shock to his system.

But the raw talent was there, Glick said. And in just a year Bazil has gone from being a role player on last year's squad to a prominent post player in the paint this winter, one the Yellow Jackets (4-4), who didn't win the Class 2A South title last year for the first time in three years, have become reliant on.

“It's a totally different game. It was probably hard coming in, not being the best, being a role player. It's a much more up and down, racehorse type of game,” Glick said.

The 20th-year high school coach added that Bazil's experience playing with the Virgin Islands' U-18 National Team at the FIBA Americas U-18 Championship for Men in Brazil over the summer did wonders for his game and confidence.

Bazil is a more well-rounded player this year, Glick said. He has developed better court awareness and the ability to make quick decisions. Bazil said he also now understands the importance of playing strong defense, as well.

Two losses at the Montgomery County's Springbrook High's holiday tournament extended Gwynn Park's skid to four games after a 4-0 start to the season — Glick said only good can come of playing perennial powers such as Springbrook and defending 4A state champion Col. Zadok Magruder.

But Glick said in his time coaching basketball he has learned to look at the big picture, where the team will be in February.

The Yellow Jackets are still adjusting to the loss of seven of their top eight players from last year's team.

Senior leading scorer Jalen Harris (18.9 points per game) is still growing into his own new role as a standout player, Glick said.

Despite the recent losses, Harris and Bazil's dynamic has grown and will only get better.

“We play well together. [Harris] controls the outside and I can control the inside,” Bazil said.

Bazil averages 10.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. But in the past four games, as teams have applied more pressure on Harris, he's averaged 14.25 points, more than double his 6.25 average in the first four contests.

Though only in his second year with the program, Bazil was named a captain this year. Glick said his work ethic and drive immediately earned the respect of his peers.

“When you come from less, sometimes it makes you more motivated. [Bazil] is a kid who is focused and driven, that is his way to college. He has done a tremendous job and he is someone all the kids respect because of how hard he works,”

Saturday, December 29
Springbrook boys edge Gwynn Park 55-50
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Springbrook boys edge Gwynn Park 55-50

Take, for instance, the past week.

The Blue Devils beat defending Class 4A state champion Col. Zadok Magruder in overtime Dec. 21.

The Colonels defeated Gwynn Park by 21 points Thursday, on the first day of Springbrook's holiday tournament but Friday the Blue Devils worked hard for a 55-50 win over the Yellow Jackets.

“Every game is different. Just because [Magruder] beat [Gwynn Park] by 20 or so points ... it doesn't matter the amount of points, a win is a win. And Gwynn Park played a lot better [against us] than they did [Thursday],” Crowell said.

It's true.

Leading scorer Jalen Harris nearly tripled his point total and Gwynn Park (4-4) played at a higher intensity level throughout.

But Springbrook (7-1) was still the more consistent team through four quarters in what Crowell said was the Blue Devils' best overall performance this winter.

“Gwynn Park is a very athletic team, with good [defensive] pressure. I think we did a good job handling that,” Crowell added.

While teams certainly wanted to pick up wins and confidence over the two-day tournament, Crowell and Yellow Jackets coach Michael Glick both agreed their teams are still finding their way and the competition provided at Springbrook with four perennial state contenders — Thomas Stone was the fourth team — provided invaluable playing experience in out-of-league matches.

Tomazye Anderson and Andrew Robinson took control for Springbrook with 19 and 18 points respectively.

Gwynn Park had three players in double digit points: Harris (17), Ackhel Bazil (12) and Evan Joiner (11).

Springbrook led from the start and managed to keep its nose out in front the duration. But the Yellow Jackets were constantly in striking distance.

Springbrook led 12-9 after the first quarter and 26-22 at halftime. Just one point separated the teams in the second half.

“[Friday] we played much harder. When we play collectively as a team, we are as good as anyone. When we play individually and selfish, we can't win basketball games. [Friday] we did a good job, we had open looks and great passes but in the end they took it,” Bazil said.

Springbrook 55, Gwynn Park 50

Gwynn Park (4-4) 9 13 12 16 — 50

Springbrook (7-1) 12 14 14 15 — 55

Gwynn Park — Jalen Harris 17; Ackhel Bazil 12; Evan Joiner 11; Anwar Mack 2; Isaiah Martin 2; Terry Martin 2; Aaron Parker 2; John Wilburn 2.

Springbrook — Tomazye Anderson 19; Andrew Robinson 18; Nick Brewer 8; Isaiah Eisendorf 4; Jarod Mustaf 4; Dekon

Saturday, December 29
Colonels soar past Gwynn Park despite Epps not playing because of broken hand
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Magruder's point guard to be out a month

The out-of-county matchup against Gwynn Park at the Springbrook High School Holiday Tournament was the Colonels' first since losing in overtime to the Blue Devils and first without arguably Montgomery County's best point guard, JJ Epps.

Gwynn Park coach Michael Glick said the Yellow Jackets planned to pressure Magruder with its leading defensive player, Epps on the sidelines, his right arm casted and in a sling — Epps broke his hand in the Springbrook loss and will likely be out until Feb. 1, Magruder coach Dan Harwood said.

Instead Magruder did all the pressuring in a 61-40 victory.

When the Colonels (6-1) need a bail out, Harwood said, Epps is the guy to make that happen. He gets into the lane and creates a play for himself almost every time. But Magruder is an excellent passing team and its ability to move the ball around the court became even more important Thursday.

Matt Ricketts took over as floor general and led the team well, Harwood said.

“No one plays with as much heart as he does, he is the leader of our team,” Harwood said. “Matt Ricketts, I would have to say, is probably the second best point guard in the county. He is usually off the ball [for us] but he is comfortable on the ball and he played well for us.”

Magruder typically implements a man-to-man defensive scheme, propelled by quick-footed and scrappy Epps. Thursday it was the Colonel's match-up zone that made Gwynn Park the Colonels' second-lowest scoring opponent — only Northwood scored less (34 points).

“We didn't really plan on playing it that much [Thursday] but it was working so well so we stuck with it in the second half,” Harwood said.

Magruder virtually eliminated Yellow Jackets leading scorer Jalen Harris (19.1 points per game) from Thursday's contest, which was Gwynn Park's (4-3) worst offensive outing.

Ackhel Bazil's game-high 21 points were well above his 9.1 points-per-game average but it wasn't enough.

“Magruder did an excellent job moving the ball and hitting open shots and we just really struggled to score against their zone. That was the biggest difference, we could not score against their zone,” Glick said.

It took about eight minutes — Magruder scored just 10 points in the first quarter — for the Colonels to adjust to their new dynamic. But after a 10-4 first quarter, they took control on both sides of the ball.

Nick Griffin, Magruder's all-time leading scorer, netted five 3-point shots to pace the Colonels with 20 points.

Usual sixth-man Danny Schaerr (14) also came up with some big baskets for Magruder.

The Colonels doubled their scoring in the second quarter to take a 30-16, halftime lead. They never led by less than 14 points the remainder of the evening.

“We tried to pressure [Magruder] with JJ out...Magruder is a hard team to play from behind,” Glick said.

Magruder 61, Gwynn Park 40

Gwynn Park (4-3) 4 12 8 16 — 40

Magruder (6-1) 10 20 16 15 — 61

Gwynn Park — Ackhel Bazil 21; Evan Joiner 8; Jalen Harris 6; Aaron Parker 3; Cedric Hines 2.

Magruder — Nick Griffin 20; Danny Schaerr 14; Justin Witmer 13; Brian Coleman 5; Josiah Jones 5; Tyril Jackson 2; Matt Ricketts 2.

Thursday, December 27
Boys basketball coaching competition fierce in county
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Boys basketball coaching competition fierce in county

There’s a rivalry brewing in the Prince George’s County 3A/2A/1A boys basketball league.

Multiple rivalries, actually. Between grizzled veterans and wily young newcomers. Between tactical geniuses and calm and composed entities. Between up tempo lovers and defensive specialists.

No, those aren’t the dozens of talented athletes who play for the division’s schools. It’s the coaches.

In a season that already figured to be extremely competitive among the boys basketball teams in the 3A/2A/1A league, the addition of Billy Lanier and the return of Steve Matthews pushed the coaching experience and prowess to an unprecedented level for the 2012-13 season.

“The coaching in this league is ridiculous,” said Gwynn Park coach Mike Glick.

And he’s right. Glick, who is in his seventh year at Gwynn Park after coaching for two decades prior, took over the Yellow Jackets from Matthews and has molded them into a consistent powerhouse.

Matthews is back into coaching after a six-year break and is hoping to transform Crossland in much the same way he did at Gwynn Park.

Lanier shifted from Charles H. Flowers to Friendly, which had a losing season last year, for personal reasons. He also is hoping to create a second dynasty on the heels of the remarkable program he led with Oxon Hill that won state titles in 2000 and 2003.

“You’ve got some of the older coaches who’ve been around for a long time back in it now,” Lanier said. “You’re going to have to coach every night.”

Then there’s Lewis Howard at Largo. He won a state title in 2008, reached the title game last year and is coaching the Lions for his 13th season. Throw in Tyrone Massenburg at Frederick Douglass, who is the president of the newly rejuvenated Prince George’s County Basketball Coaches’ Association, and Lawrence Pugh, who has Central turning many heads early in his third season with the Falcons, and it’s clear the competition is fierce.

“The games, night-in and night-out, [and] the coaching matchups will be very interesting,” said Massenburg, whose team is 3-2 and knocked off Gwynn Park in overtime last week. “I know the style of play and I know the coaches in our league have a lot of respect for it. I know our teams will be prepared and very seldom will they have nights where they don’t play up to their potential.”

Along with that institutional wherewithal are a couple of talented newcomers in second-year coach Renard Johnson, who has transformed Potomac, and Demario Newman at Surrattsville. Newman expected to have a down year after transitioning from being a dominant head coach on the girls’ side, but has started the season strong.

The only two programs that currently are struggling to gain momentum are Fairmont Heights and Forestville Military Academy. Both were winless as of publication.

The beauty of the year, however, is that the parity in the league remains remarkably high.

Schools — excluding Fairmont Heights and Forestville — have combined for 27 wins in 43 games and a large majority of the losses have come from beating each other.

“This is a tough league. It’s a very tough league. It’s a competitive, competitive league,” said Howard, whose team is 3-2 with losses to Surrattsville and Central. “You’ve got teams that are getting better and better. These consistent teams stay consistent and then other teams are climbing up the ladder and becoming better basketball teams.”

Friday, December 28
Magruder Rolls Past Gwynn Park 61-40

No Epps — No Problem Magruder Downs Gwynn Park 61-40 in Springbrook’s Holiday Tournament

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With senior guard JJ Epps missing his first of many games the Magruder Colonels looked stellar without their do-everything point guard.

Now playing the point is senior Matt Ricketts, a rotation player on Magruder's state championship team last year and a starter all season this year, Ricketts stepped in and had 13 assists.

Epps' scoring was replaced by junior forward Danny Schaerr, a junior who hadn't even been in the rotation prior to Thursday. Schaerr emerged as a piece that Magruder will most definitely cherish as the season progresses and playoff time comes around. He finished with 14 points, more then double his point total on the season coming in to Thurday's game. He connected on three 3-balls, and finished with 14 points and six rebounds while shooting 5-7 from the field.

Nick Griffin and Justin Witmer were up to their old tricks scoring 20 and 13 respectively. Griffin was 5-5 on three point field goals. He also added 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 blocks. Witmer added three rebounds, three assists, and a block to go along with his 13 points. Forward Brian Coleman continued his rock steady play in the paint going for 5 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal.

Gwynn Park of PG County was led by 6'6" senior Ackhel Bazil. Bazil scored a game high 23 points. Playing in his first career varsity game for Gwynn Park today was freshman Aaron Parker. Yellow Jackets coach Mike Glick is very excited about Parker and his promise for the future. While Parker seemed a little hesitant to shoot you could tell he will be a super player in a couple years. He showed phenomenal basketball instincts, the ability to push it up a gear and uncanny court vision. He projects to be a true point and we look forward to watching him develop over the next couple years.

Tomorrow Magruder will play Thomas Stone at 7PM and Gwynn Park will play host Springbrook at 5PM.

Friday, November 30
2012-13 Preview

Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets

Coach: Michael Glick, 7th year

Last season's record: 19-6

Returning starters: One

Last state tournament appearance: 2011

As was the case last year, Gwynn Park is losing nearly every member of a team that had supreme success the season before. Guard Jalen Harris (2011-12's leading scorer with 16 points per game) is the only one of eight Yellow Jackets coming back who received significant minutes. But the future is bright. A guard trio of Evan Joiner, Anwar Mack and Mike Pegram all are being called up from a junior varsity squad that went 35-1 against county opponents in the last two seasons. Junior forward Isaiah Martin and power forward Ackhel Bazil (both 6-foot-6) should again help make Gwynn Park one of the taller teams in the area. “We feel confident every year because we feel like we have a program where we have a lot of depth,” said coach Mike Glick.

— Nick Cammarota

Friday, March 2
Douglass stuns top-seeded Gwynn Park
Douglass stuns top-seeded Gwynn Park

Eagles advance to 2A South final on buzzer-beater; Largo wins, Friendly and Surrattsville lose in regional playoffs

To say that the Frederick Douglass High School boys basketball team has been off the radar this season would be an understatement. The Eagles were 9-13 during the regular season, including a 6-12 mark in the Prince George's County 3A/21/1A League.

None of that matters anymore.

On Thursday night in a 2A South Region semifinal game, Douglass stunned top-seeded Gwynn Park as Mike Cunningham hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Eagles a 53-52 victory.

Douglass will visit Largo at 2 p.m. Saturday in the region final.

Trailing 52-50, Douglass took a time out to set up a play with four seconds remaining in the game.

"I told them we're good," said Eagles' coach Tyrone Massenburg. "The energy that we had, the way we were playing, I felt confident that we would make a play. I wouldn't predict a win, but I felt like we were going to do something good.

"I didn't think [Gwynn Park] would play us as tight, they didn't want to foul ... we got a big shot from Mike Cunningham that won the game for us."

JaSahn Johnson led Douglass with 17 points, hitting 9 of 11 at the foul line. As a team, the Eagles were 16 of 19 at the line, while Gwynn Park was 9 of 11. Cunningham had 13 points and Jeffrey Calhoun and Montez Lee each had 10. Xavier Richards had 13 points and Ageyi Gregory added 11 for Gwynn Park (19-6).

Calhoun, the Eagles' starting point guard, suffered a broken hand during the fourth game of the season, an 81-66 loss to Gwynn Park. He returned the lineup last week.

"Since he's been back, we haven't lost a game," Massenburg said. "He's elevated everyone else's game and all the pieces are falling in place for us."

Douglass lost both of its regular season games against Largo, 73-54 in the season opener on Dec. 6 and 76-56 on Jan. 20.

"They're a great team," Massenburg said of Largo. "[The Lions] and Gwynn Park are two of the top teams in the county, so we got our hands full."

Thursday, March 1
Gwynn Park tops Flowers in county title game
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Basketball notebook, Feb. 29

Greg Dohler/The Gazette Gwynn Park High School's Marcel Boyd (center) and Eric Batts (left) celebrate winning the county championship trophy after defeating Charles H. Flowers last week. The Yellow Jackets might face a familiar foe for the 2A South Region crown on Saturday, Largo.

by James Peters and Dan Feldman

Staff WritersThe Prince George’s County championship game is suppose to decide who’s the best boys basketball team in Prince George’s County. But the answer to that question may not be known until Saturday, if ever.

Gwynn Park defeated Charles H. Flowers in the county title game on Feb. 22. But Largo — which split the County 3A/2A/1A League title and two regular-season games with Gwynn Park but lost a coin toss to determine the league representative in the title game — could make a case.

Did Gwynn Park’s 57-51 win against Flowers prove it was the county’s top team?

“No, no,” Gwynn Park coach Michael Glick said emphatically. “I think that Largo could’ve very, very easily been right here and done the same exact thing.”

Largo, in fact, was at the contest and introduced as a league co-champion before Gwynn Park and Flowers were introduced.

“I really have no feeling toward it one way or the other,” Largo coach Lew Howard said. “If the coin toss had went the other way, we’d be playing in the game and would have prepared for them. It wasn’t. It’s no big deal. Our ultimate goal is to compete in the regional tournament and to hopefully to represent Prince George’s County at the Maryland state playoffs.”

Provided they both win Thursday’s region semifinal games, Gwynn Park and Largo could meet for the 2A South Region championship on Saturday. Then, fans might really know which was the best team in the county this year.;

Thursday, February 23
Prince George’s County basketball: Gwynn Park beats C.H. Flowers for boys’ title

Prince George’s County basketball: Gwynn Park beats C.H. Flowers for boys’ title; Wise wins girls’ crown over Gwynn Park

There was nothing special about Gwynn Park guard Agyei Gregory’s pregame routine on Wednesday. But when he took the court against No. 17 C.H. Flowers for the Prince George’s County boys’ basketball championship at Wise, his night turned extraordinary.

The senior, who came to the Brandywine school from his native U.S. Virgin Islands for his final year of high school, hit all six of his three-point attempts to power the No. 20 Yellow Jackets past the Jaguars, 57-51, and to their first county title since 2006.

“This was a game that I had to feel it,” said Gregory, who had a game-high 22 points.

Gwynn Park (18-5) was the co-champion of the Prince George’s County 3A/2A/1A league. It was playing in the county title game because it had won a tiebreaking coin toss with No. 18 Largo; many Lions players and coaches were watching from the stands.

While Gwynn Park senior Marcel Boyd (13 points and 12 rebounds) was a vital presence under the basket, Gregory was automatic from beyond the arc. He only missed two field goals and a free throw.

When the Jaguars (16-5), led by junior guard Dontae Holloway (12 points), cut a six-point halftime deficit to 51-49 with 2 minutes 43 seconds left, Gwynn Park senior forward Xavier Richards had two crucial layups and Gregory nabbed three important fourth-quarter rebounds.

“It was a big game and coach said to shoot the ball, so I shot the ball,” Gregory said.

Wise shows its depth

As usual for the eighth-ranked Wise girls’ team, standout senior guard Eliqua Brooks and Khadijah Gibson shined.

They carried the offensive load in the girls’ county championship: The duo combined for 46 points and 15 rebounds as the Pumas won, 79-57, over Gwynn Park.

It is Wise’s second county title in three years.

But Wise’s supporting cast played an important role in the win. Freshman center Ciara Lee played assertively under the basket — she had 15 points and 15 rebounds.

Senior guard Candace Ross played well on the perimeter and finished with 16 points.

To make another deep run in the playoffs, the supporting cast will be crucial factors for last year’s Maryland 4A finalists, players said.

“They’ve always been important,” said Brooks, who scored a game-high 24 points. “Candace, we call her the X-factor. . . . We’re going to need everyone on the bench and the starting five to work as a team.

Added Gibson (22 points): “I think that was great. I think that’s exactly what we need. We need all five people.”

Wise (21-1) held a 36-29 halftime lead on Gwynn Park before it began to pull away in the third quarter.

The Yellow Jackets (20-3) were led by senior forward Tiana Hall (14 points).

Thursday, February 23
Win avenges Gwynn Park's 2010 setback
Win avenges Gwynn Park's 2010 setback

Boyd, Gregory and Richards lead Yellow Jackets past Flowers in county championship game

Just before riding to Henry A. Wise High School for the Prince George's County championship game Wednesday, the Gwynn Park boys basketball team watched the fourth quarter of 2010 county title game.

Crowded into coach Michael Glick's classroom, the players saw the previous edition of the team blow a 13-point lead in a little more than the final two minutes. They saw Oxon Hill make a shot at the buzzer to win. They saw the tears flow on the sideline afterward.

Still motivated a few hours later by the video that Glick never showed even that 2010 team, the Yellow Jackets beat Charles H. Flowers for the 2012 Prince George's County championship, 57-51. Gwynn Park led by eight early in the fourth quarter, but unlike 2010, it surged to victory after a 46-46 tie midway through the period.

“I wanted to win this so bad,” said Marcel Boyd, the only current Yellow Jacket to play in that 2010 game. “At the end of the game, when they started coming back a little bit, I thought in my head about the sophomore loss at the last second and thought, ‘No, I can't. I can't let my team go down like this.' So I stepped up. I motivated my teammates. I said, ‘C'mon, we're not going to lose this game.'”

Boyd's contributions were more than just intangible. The 6-foot-9 Howard University recruit had 13 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.

“Marcel Boyd was the difference in the game,” said Glick, whose team split the County 3A/2A/1A League title with Largo and won a coin flip to reach Wednesday's contest. “I thought he was a commanding presence inside.”

After Glick said that, he was reminded of Agyei Gregory, who had 22 points and eight rebounds.

“I guess I should give Agyei Gregory some credit,” Glick said laughing. “Agyei Gregory, I couldn't be prouder of him. He shot the ball so well, and he's really coming into his own.”

The senior guard didn't play as much earlier in the season as he learned to deal with physicality, but now a starter, he made six 3-pointers.

“Agyei is awesome,” Boyd said when asked about Gregory's outside shooting. “It freed me inside, so I could do my inside work.”

If Gregory enabled Boyd's offense, Xavier Richards did the same defensively. The senior guard helped protect the rim with three blocks and funneled his own man toward the long arms of Boyd.

“Xavier's a beast,” Boyd said. “He's a man-child. This kid is super athletic.”

Richards scored Gwynn Park's last two baskets and three of its final four, including a turnaround layup while falling.

“Anything he does [never] ceases to amaze me,” Glick said. “He's an unbelievable athlete. He makes shots that I just can't imagine how the go in.”

Richards' late defense might have been even more incredible.

On Flowers' final possession, Richards blocked a 3-pointer, and when he thought the ball went out of bounds, he celebrated momentarily before collapsing inside and getting a steal.

“I just go for the ball all the time,” said Richards, who finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. “That's all I see right there when it comes down to the last seconds of the game.”

For all Richards' late heroics and Gregory's game-long shot-making, Glick kept going back to Boyd. At the end of the first quarter, Boyd had the ball well beyond the 3-point arc as part of a designed play. But instead of kicking to a guard, as the play prescribed, Boyd turned around and made his first 3-pointer of the season — which Glick deemed the game's best play.

“I guess he figured he was the 3-point shooter,” Glick said.

And why not? After the heartbreaking loss two years ago, Boyd redefined his legacy in the county championship contest Wednesday. Couldn't he redefine his game, too?

After the victory, the Gwynn Park players passed around their new trophy like they passed around compliments.

But, perhaps, the highest praise came from their opponent.

“We played a good basketball team — and definitely not a 2A/3A team,” said Flowers coach Billy Lanier, whose team won the County 4A League to reach the game. “It looked like a 4A team.

Gwynn Park 57, Flowers 51

Gwynn Park 14 15 15 13 — 57

Flowers 14 9 15 13 — 51

Gwynn Park (18-5): Agyei Gregory 22, Marcel Boyd 13, Xavier Richards 12, Jalen Harris 4, Jarvis Hawkins 2, Robert Flint 2, Achkel Bazil 2.

Flowers (16-5): Dontae Holloway 12, Brandon Green 11, David Barnes 10, Reggie Sidbury 8, Clint Robinson 4, Darret Gorham 2, Kofi Andoh 2, Malik Harris 2.

Thursday, February 23
Gwynn Park Wins PG Title For First Time Under Glick

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Gwynn Park Wins PG Title


UPPER MARLBORO – Agyei Gregory came to Gwynn Park High School from the Virgin Islands for his senior season and faced a different climate, a new school and a sea of unfamiliar faces.

He seemed right at home draining 3-pointers against C.H. Flowers in Wednesday’s Prince George’s County championship game though, going a perfect 6-for-6 from long range to lift the Yellow Jackets to a 57-51 victory at Wise High School.

“I was feeling great,” said Gregory, who finished with a game-high 22 points. “This was a new thing for me; I’m from the Virgin Islands and this is all new to me coming up here and playing in the County championship, so I was ready. I heard about it all week during school and I was ready.”

Howard-bound senior center Marcel Boyd scored 13 points and grabbed 123 rebounds for Gwynn Park, while senior forward Xavier Richards added 12 points.


Junior guard Donte Holloway made four 3-pointers and scored a team-high 12 points for Flowers, while junior guard Brandon Green had 11 and senior guard David Barnes 10.

The 6-foot-3 Gregory – a native of St. Thomas – had shown the ability to make perimeter shots since he arrived in Maryland, and had hit four in a game twice this season. He made his debut as a starter on Senior Night against Largo on Feb. 13, and Gwynn Park coach Michael Glick said he’s likely to stay there.

“He has a really, really good skillset,” Glick said, “but he’s not a physical kid, so he wasn’t used to the style of play in Prince George’s County and the physicality of the league. So it took him time to adjust, and he adjusted very well. He is what he is – he’s a 3-point shooter – but he made some other really, really good plays, too. I wish he was a junior, but I think he’s adjusted.”

The annual Prince George’s County title game matches the winners of Prince George’s County’s 4A league against its 3A/2A/1A winner. The Yellow Jackets (18-5) tied with Largo for the county 3A/2A/1A league title, and got their spot in Wednesday’s game by virtue of a coin flip. Largo was in attendance, and was recognized before the game as county co-champion.

The whole coin-flip scenario served as motivation, Boyd said.

“We wanted it more,” he said. “We came in today and we wanted it more. We were tired of people saying, ‘Oh, y’all tied with Largo, y’all not the true 3A/2A/1A champions.’ So we were coming out here to prove that we deserved it.”

Boyd had some extra motivation, as well. He is the only member of this year’s team to previously play in a county title game, when Gwynn Park blew a late 13-point lead to Oxon Hill and lost at the buzzer two years ago at Wise.

Glick said he showed his team the tape of that game in his classroom just before they left to come to Wise on Wednesday.

“That team actually advanced and went to the state finals,” Glick said, “but we tried to show our guys that you’ve got to have to be able to close games out. We showed our guys crying on the sidelines and we told them that you only have one opportunity and this is your opportunity. I thought they seized the moment.”

Both teams already have byes in their respective regional brackets. The Yellow Jackets will face the winner of Glenelg and McDonough in 2A South action next week, while the Jaguars (16-5) get either Suitland or High Point in the 4A bracket. [In each class, the winners of the four respective regions meet at the University of Maryland’s Comcast Center for the state semifinals].

Earlier in the night, the Wise girls beat Gwynn Park behind 24 points from senior Eliqua Brooks and 22 from senior Khadijah Gibson. Senior Candace Ross had 16 for the Pumas (21-1) and freshman Ciara Lee finished with 15. Senior Tiana Hall led the Yellow Jackets (20-3) with 14 points, while sophomore Tashina Cardwell had 13 and junior Genesis Lucas added 10.

The Wise girls face either Eleanor Roosevelt or Northwestern next week in the 4A South bracket, while the Gwynn Park girls host the winner of Douglass and Central in 2A South action.

The boys' game was even from the start, with Flowers holding the early edge until Boyd banked in a 3 from near halfcourt to make it 14-14 after one quarter. It was the 6-foot-9 center’s first 3-pointer of the season, and Glick said it was a “game-altering Shot” because it allowed Gwynn Park to some out in a zone defense to start the second quarter since they weren’t trailing.

“That was a huge shot for us,” he said. “That was the play – well actually, he was supposed to kick it out to the 3-point shooter [Gregory or Jalen Harris], but I guess he figured he was the 3-point shooter.”

The Yellow Jackets led 29-23 at halftime and 44-38 after three quarters. They led by as many as eight points in the second half, but the Jaguars twice rallied to cut it to two.

Flowers’ Reggie Sidbury made a 3-pointer with 2:45 remaining in the game to cut the Gwynn Park lead to 51-49, but Richards answered with an acrobatic lay-up on the ensuing possession. A Green lay-in made it 53-51 GP wit 1:41 to go, but the Jaguars never got any closer.

“When we made our run, I don’t think we had enough energy to get over the top,” Flowers coach Billy Lanier said. “We had expended so much energy to get back from eight down, and then I think our guys didn’t have enough energy to take it over the top.”

Lanier said his team didn’t do a good enough job of finding Gwynn Park’s shooters on the perimeter – particularly Gregory – and making them drive the ball. Still, he said he was proud of his team’s effort and feel good about its chances in the regional playoffs.

“You want to be playing well, and I thought we played well,” he said. “Do I think we can play better? Yeah, I think we could have played better. But I thought we’ve been playing well the last couple weeks, and going into the playoffs we want to continue to play well. So, I’m pleased where we are. Of course, we need to go back to the table and make sure we clean up some things – and we will do that – and I think we’ll be fine.”

Agyei Gregory 22, Marcel Boyd 13, Xavier Richards 12, Jalen Harris 4, Jarvis Hawkins 2, Alex Bazil 2, Robert Flint 2.

Donte Holloway 12, Brandon Green 11, David Barnes 10, Reggie Sidbury 8, Clint Robinson 4, Kofi Andoh 2, Darrett Gorham 2, Malik Harris 2.
Gwynn Park 14 15 15 13 – 57
C.H. Flowers 14 9 15 13 – 51
3-point goals: GP 8 (Gregory 6, Boyd 1, Harris 1) F 9 (Holloway 4, Barnes 2, Sidbury 2, Green 1). Total Fouls: GP 9, F 17. Fouled Out- None.

TOP: Gwynn Park players pose with the Prince George's County Championship trophy. RIGHT: Gwynn Park senior guard Robert Flint puts up a shot over Flowers junior guard Brandon Green. BOTTOM: The Yellow Jackets celebrate their title. - Photos by Marcus Helton, DMV Elite.

Thursday, February 23
Gwynn Park Defeats Flowers, Wins County Championship

Gwynn Park Defeats Flowers, Wins County Championship

by: Kevin Green 2/23/2012

It was apparent from his first shot of the game that Agyei Gregory had his shooting stroke working Wednesday.

After he made his first 3-pointer of the night, the St. Thomas, Virgin Islands native would attempt five more over the course of the game. Each of his subsequent shots from downtown swished through the net just as smoothly as his first.

The Gwynn Park boys’ basketball team rode the impeccable three-point shooting of its senior sniper en route to claiming the Prince George’s County championship, defeating Charles H. Flowers 57-51. Gwynn Park’s title is the second in program history and the first at the school for head coach Mike Glick, who had taken the Yellow Jackets to two other county championships, each ending in defeat.

Gregory led all scorers in the contest with 22 points, including shooting a perfect 6-for-6 from beyond the 3-point arc. Late in the third quarter, the Yellow Jackets (18-5) threatened to pull away from Flowers for good with an 11-3 scoring run which included the last two of Gregory’s six threes, each coming on passes from Marcel Boyd, who himself had been commanding more attention in the post. The run increased Gwynn Park’s lead to 44-33. Gregory would also add eight rebounds and two assists in his efforts.

“He’s always shot the ball well and this is the best he’s shot the ball this season, and he stepped up at a crucial time,” Glick said.

“After [Gregory] shot the ball a couple of times we didn’t do a good job of identifying him and closing down and making him put the ball on the floor,” Flowers coach Billy Lanier said.

The presence of Boyd in the low post also paid dividends for Gwynn Park. The Howard-bound senior notched another double-double, scoring 13 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, blocking three shots, and challenging several other shots. His ability as an offensive threat helped open up opportunities for his teammates, including both Gregory and Xavier Richards, who also posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

“When you have a 6-8 kid like that who can score it makes it a whole lot easier for the guards,” Lanier said.

Three of Boyd’s 13 points came in an unusual circumstance at the end of the first quarter. On an inbounds play, he banked in his first three of the season on a buzzer-beating half-court shot after not finding any teammates open to pass to.

Perhaps Boyd’s most impactful play of the night came late in the fourth quarter, with the Yellow Jackets leading 48-46. As he had done several other times in the game, he received a pass in the low post with the Jaguars’ Darret Gorham guarding him. Boyd got past Gorham with a post move and scored on a layup while getting fouled. He would convert on the three-point play and give Gwynn Park a five-point lead which it would not relinquish.

“Marcel is really developing as a player and I thought tonight he was very assertive offensively,” Glick said. “His presence inside was the difference in the game.”

Despite falling behind by 11 late in the third quarter, Flowers (16-5) battled back to tie the score with a 13-2 run in the fourth quarter due to forcing turnovers and clutch shooting, but Boyd’s presence in the middle of Gwynn Park’s 2-3 zone defense forced the Jaguars to settle for 23 3-pointers, of which they made nine. Junior guard Dontae Holloway led the Jaguars with 12 points on four-of-eight shooting from behind the arc.

“We got good looks the whole game,” Lanier said. “We had a couple of rim-outs and bad luck, and shots just didn’t go down tonight. We have to do a better job of getting easier opportunities on offensive rebounds and we didn’t do that.”

Gwynn Park’s switch to the 2-3 zone was unusual for a team that mainly plays man-to-man, but because Glick knew that Flowers attacks the basket often, he wanted to get the Jaguars out of their comfort zone with the defensive change. Lanier credited Boyd with clogging the lane and making it difficult for his team.

Because both teams won their own leagues and hold top seeds in their respective regional tournaments, the teams will next take the court Tuesday and await the results of Friday’s first-round action. Despite losing the county championship, Lanier can now focus his team on many goals that still lie ahead of the Jaguars.

“At the end of the day, our goal was to win our league, and we did,” Lanier said. “And then play in the regional and hopefully be successful. Our goals are still in front of us.”

Thursday, February 23
Gwynn Park Captures 2012 P.G. County Championship with 57-51 Victory Over Flowers
Gwynn Park Captures 2012 P.G. County Championship with 57-51 Victory Over Flowers21 hours ago by Marc Stern in ( Capitol Hoops Video , High School , Top Stories )

Gwynn Park senior Agyei Gregory saved one of the best games of his high school career for one of the Yellow Jackets biggest games of the season. The 6'3' shooting guard connected on all six of his three point attempts in leading Gwynn Park to the 2012 P.G. County Championship game in front of a packed house at Wise High School in Upper Marlboro.

The victory marked the first P.G. County championship for the Yellow Jackets since 2006. That was the year before Gwynn Park head coach Mike Glick took the helm for the Brandywine school. Glick was elated to win his first PG County chip. He and his Yellow Jackets have become regulars at the Maryland State tournament's finals at the Comcast Center but this was something different. This victory reassured Gwynn Park that they have bragging right's as the best of the best in PG County. The craziest thing about the victory is that Gwynn Park was so close to not even playing in the game. The Yellow Jackets had identical records with Largo, and they elected to flip a coin to see who would represent the 3A/2A/1A side of the bracket versus C.H. Flowers, the winner of the 4A side of the PG bracket. Gwynn Park won the coin toss and the rest is now history.

Agyei Gregory would make the game's first basket, a three pointer right in front of the Flowers bench 1:16 in to the game. He wouldn't cool down. He was hitting everything and Flowers was unable to stop him. Flowers would connect on nine 3-balls in the game themselves, but almost all of them were why trailing. Gwynn Park led for almost the entire game, however the game was very close. In fact three of the four quarters saw both teams score the same amount of points. It was the second quarter when Gwynn Park outscored Flowers by six points and they would hold on to that lead for the majority of the duration. The Yellow Jackets got big performances from many other players in this game. 6'8' center Marcel Boyd double doubled going for 13 points and 12 boards. Xavier Richards showed why he is arguably the most athletic player in PG county, scoring 12 points and making a few acrobatic shots to preserve the Gwynn Park lead. Yellow Jacket sharp-shooter Jalen Harris who entered the championship game with 46 three's on the season, had a quiet night going for four points. But he hit a huge three late in the game to end a late Flowers surge. Robert Flint and Jarvis Hawkins did a phenomenal job breaking the vaunted Flowers press.

Flowers had a balanced attack. They had four players score between 8 and 12 points. They were led by Dontae Holloway's 12 points which came on four triples. Senior David Barnes played a terrific game for Flowers. He was often at the top of the Yellow Jackets zone defense reversing the ball and patiently waiting for opportunities to slither in the lane, find his shot, and distribute to players who found holes in the Gwynn Park zone. It was a four point game with a minute to go but Flowers couldn't get a shot to drop, and Gwynn Park began to tack on late points from the stripe. The final score was 57-51 Gwynn Park.

Both teams now turn their attention to the Maryland State Tournament. Gwynn Park earned the #1 seed in the 2A South. They have a first round bye and then host the winner of Glenelg and McDonough next Tuesday night . It appears that Gwynn Park has a fairly easy road to the 2A South championship when they will potentially host Largo. Largo and Gwynn Park split a pair of games in the regular season. Flowers will be the #1 seed in the 4A South. They too, have a first round bye. They may have a tough test on their hands in the second round with a Suitland led Roddy Peters squad. They will then potentially host Wise in the regional semi-finals. If they can win those games they could potentially play Eleanor Roosevelt for the 4A South Regional championship with a trip to the Comcast Center on the line. Flowers and Roosevelt met last year for the regional chip and Roosevelt came out victorious.

Thursday, February 23
2011-2012 Prince George's County Boys and Girl's Basketball Championships

Challenge to the Championship

2011-2012 Prince George's County Boys and Girl's Basketball Championships

In the Boy's Championship Game it was Gwynn Park that had the size advantage; not the whole team but one player Marcel Boyd: Boyd is 6' 9" and his 13 points did not reflect his true impact on the game. He drew attention while Gwynn Park was on offense and C.H. Flowers had to be cognizant of his shot blocking when they were on offense. Gwynn Park seemed to be pulling away from Wise late in the 4th Quarter but as characteristic for this year's team they let their opponent back in the game.

Gwynn Park has held substantial leads in games this season only to end up in tight games or even end up losing games. Robert Flint hit two clutch free throws with under 30 seconds to go to ensure that Gwynn Park came up a victor in this game.

Gwynn Park is a perennial 2A State title contender so Flowers should not be overly concerned with their 57- 51 loss. Still, there were lessons to be learned for them and Gwynn Park too if they envision capturing State Title in their respective classifications.

Tuesday, February 21
Three schools to battle for two county titles/ PG Co Rankings
Three schools to battle for two county titles

Wise, Flowers and Gwynn Park square off for Prince George’s basketball championship

 In the second game, the Charles H. Flowers and Gwynn Park boys teams meet.

Gwynn Park (17-5) shared the County 3A/2A/1A League title with Largo, but won a coin flip to advance to this game. Flowers (16-4) is the County 4A League champion.

Junior Brandon Green leads the Jaguars with 13.6 points per game. Flowers has won 12 of its past 13 games.

Jalen Harris leads the Yellow Jackets with 14.7 points per game. Gwynn Park has won 13 of its past 14 games.

2A South

No. 1 seed Gwynn Park (17-5) and No. 2 seed Largo (18-4) both earned first-round byes. They Prince George's County 3A/2A/1A League rivals split their two regular season games against each other and shared the league title.

Gwynn Park is scheduled to play Prince George's 4A League champion Flowers on Wednesday in the county championship game at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Henry A. Wise High in Upper Marlboro as a tune-up for the playoffs.

“That's our singular goal right now,” said Glick, whose team earned a berth in the county title game ahead of Largo on a coin flip. “We'll worry about the state playoffs on Thursday.”

Glick said his top goal each season is to secure the No. 1 seed, and the luxury of a home game would boost Gwynn Park if it has a rubber match with Largo in the region final.

“We'll focus on Largo if we get there,” Glick said.

Central (11-9) is scheduled to play Calvert in the first round.

How they rank PG County Gazette Boys basketball top 10

1. DeMatha Stags, 24-3

2. Riverdale Baptist Crusaders, 29-2

3. Largo Lions, 17-4

4. Charles H. Flowers Jaguars, 15-4

5. Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders, 17-4

6. Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets, 16-5

7. Henry A. Wise Pumas, 14-6

8. DuVal Tigers, 14-6

9. Suitland Rams, 13-6

10. Potomac Wolverines, 15-6

Saturday, February 18
Final Prince George's 3A/2A/1A Standings 2-17-12
Prince George's 3A/2A/1A
Gwynn Park 17-5 16-2
Largo 18-4 16-2
Potomac (Md.) 16-6 14-4
Central 11-9 10-8
Friendly 9-13 9-9
Crossland 9-13 6-12
Douglass 8-13 6-12
Forestville 8-11 6-9
Fairmont Heights 7-15 5-13
Surrattsville 4-17 2-16

Thursday, February 16
Gwynn Park center steps up on, off the court

 Thursday, February 16, 2012

Marcel Boyd always had a lengthy list of chores growing up: taking out the trash, cutting the grass, sweeping the floor, vacuuming the steps, cleaning his room, cleaning the living room, cleaning the basement.

And as the son of an Army officer and a corrections officer, he never had any leeway in completing his tasks.

But as a high school sophomore, Boyd faced his biggest responsibility: taking care of his brothers, 3 and 10 years younger than him, while his father served for a year in Iraq and Afghanistan and his mother worked.

"It was stressful,” said Boyd, who's now a senior at Gwynn Park. “It was my first year playing basketball. I had a lot on my plate.”

To find his way, Boyd emulated his dad. He made his younger brothers do their homework immediately after school, just as his father made him. And when they didn't want to do their chores, he was firm with them, just as his father was with him.

“Sometimes, I'd say stuff to my brother, and he'd be like, ‘Man, You're acting like dad. You're acting like dad.'” Boyd said. “Well, he's not here, so I have to take on that responsibility. You always say that you don't want to be like your parents, but I always find myself feeling like I'm my father.”

Boyd also missed some AAU games that year, his first playing varsity basketball. Moving between Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia and Maryland — with more stops in some states than he can remember — he never settled in one place long enough to establish himself on a team.

If that slowed Boyd's progress, he's well on his way now. The 6-foot-9, 230-pound center is averaging 12.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game for Gwynn Park, which would win at least a share of the Prince George's County 3A/2A/1A League title with a win against Friendly on Thursday.

“He's been our MVP,” Gwynn Park coach Michael Glick said of Boyd, who was the team's ninth man as a sophomore and eighth man as a junior before signing with Howard University last fall. “If he was still available, he would have numerous offers off of what he's done this year.”

Boyd has been part of Gwynn Park's ROTC program since he enrolled in the school as a freshman. He doesn't plan to enlist in the military — he wants to become a firefighter — but he wanted to keep his connection with a military lifestyle.

He still addresses adults as “sir” and “ma'am,” and the ROTC class has taught him about leadership and different ways to motivate people. Boyd often speaks of “good pressure” — the kind of pressure that encouraged him to do his chores, the pressure that helped him improve on the court to the point he earned a college scholarship and the pressure the forced him to step up while his father, who has served for 19 years and plans to retire soon, was overseas.

“It made me see through my father's eyes of how stressful life can be and how much you need to appreciate the things that you have while they're there,” Boyd said. “It definitely made me more mature.”

Tuesday, February 14
Graham-McNeill combo leads Largo boys past No. 15 Gwynn Park

Graham-McNeill combo leads Largo boys past No. 15 Gwynn Park

Video: Michael Graham and Damante McNeill were too much to handle on the inside as Largo tops Gwynn Park.

Largo senior Michael Graham is a 6-foot-5 athletic forward who can throw down a dunk with the best of them. His teammate, senior Damante McNeill, is a 6-4 forward who packs the muscle and size to fight inside for positioning and rebounds.

Both have had standout games for the Lions this season but more often than not they haven’t come at the same time. Case in point: the last time Largo faced No. 15 Gwynn Park in mid-January, they fell by two.

But in Monday night’s rematch, Graham and McNeill had perhaps their best combined outing of the season to power host Largo to a 68-55 upset of Gwynn Park.

“We just kept our heads together in the game and we just knew where each other was going to be on the court and what to do,” said Graham, who finished with a team-high 17 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks.

While both players are among the best post players in Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A, both acknowledged after Monday’s win that sometimes their best games haven’t coincided.

“When he has a good day in practice, he does well in the game,” said McNeill, who finished with 16 points and seven rebounds. “When I have a good day in practice, I do well in the game. It’s what we do in practice.”

Added Largo Coach Lew Howard: “Consistency is the most important thing. They’ve both been playing really well throughout the season and I thought tonight if both of them gave us a really good effort we’d have a chance to win.”

Against a tough Gwynn Park (16-5, 15-2) team, both players did. The Yellow Jackets — who defeated the Lions, 78-76, on Jan. 13 — jumped out to a 17-8 first quarter lead on Monday. But the Lions (17-4, 15-2) used the inside moves of McNeill and the vacuum cleaner-like rebounding of Graham to take a 30-26 halftime lead.

The two connected on one play early in the third quarter when McNeill lobbed the ball toward the basket and Graham snatched it out the air and slammed it in for a dunk — his second such play of the game.

Largo’s standout point guard Derrick Colter was in his usual form (16 points) until he began cramping in the second half. Gwynn Park, led by senior guard Jarvis Hawkins (23 points), trimmed a 15-point deficit to seven points by the start of the fourth quarter.

But Graham and McNeill proved too much down the stretch for the Yellow Jackets.

“The sky’s the limit,” McNeill said. “If we play together like this, the sky’s the limit.”

Tuesday, February 14
Largo tops Gwynn Park to move in first place tie
Monday, February 13, 2012
 Largo tops Gwynn Park to move in first place tie
Largo High School's Damante McNeill left the gym, looked at his travelling party and declared: “I'm driving.”

That was appropriate because he had taken the wheel all night, leading the Lions boys basketball team to a 68-55 win over visiting Gwynn Park. McNeill -- whose 6-foot-5, 260-pound frame screams forward -- spent a bulk of the second half initiating the offense like point guard in a game that left both teams with identical 15-2 records in Prince George's County 3A/2A/1A League standings.

Both teams are scheduled to play their final league game Thursday, and if either wins, it clinches at least a share of the conference title. Each team would also clinch at least a share of the conference title if the other loses.

Largo is scheduled to host Forestville, which it beat by eight in January. Gwynn Park is scheduled to host Friendly, which it beat by nine in January.

Largo coach Lewis Howard said he's concerned with only one game Thursday.

“We're not going to be rushing to the paper,” said Howard, whose team avenged a two-point loss to loss to Gwynn Park a month ago. “We're not going to be rushing to call the Post, The Gazette. It is what it is. We play our game, and we take care of our business, we shouldn't have to worry about anybody else.

“A title's a title. There's people who coach their whole careers and never get a title, so we'll take it. Our kids have earned it. If it's outright, it's outright. If it's co, it's co. It's still a title.”

Largo is in a position to win a conference championship in large part due to McNeill. He finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists, and several of his passes led to free throws for his teammates.

Perhaps his biggest accomplishment was finding Michael Graham often, including a third-quarter alley oop that helped blow the game open. Graham, who scored just three points in Largo's first game against Gwynn Park, admitted he can lose focus when he doesn't get the ball.

So, before the game, McNeill told Graham he'd get him the ball.

“He told me to stay with, keep my head, and then we're going to win,” said Graham, who was engaged offensively and defensively and finished with 17 points, 18 rebounds, three blocks and two steals. “So, I listened, and then we won.”

McNeill said his favorite thing to do on the basketball court is play like a point guard, especially when he's setting up his teammates.

“And then I take my man off the dribble and get to the basket,” McNeill said. “It's just easy.”

He didn't have much more difficulty after the game. After a brief protest, he did drive home.

McNeill got behind the wheel, turned on the lights and drove out of the Largo High School parking lot -- Gwynn Park in his rearview mirror, Forestville and a possible league title straight ahead.

Largo 68, Gwynn Park 55

Gwynn Park 17 9 17 12 55

Largo 8 22 20 18 68

Gwynn Park (16-5, 15-2): Jarvis Hawkins 23, Marcel Boyd 9, Xavier Richards 8, Jalen Harris 6, Agyei Gregory 5, Robert Flint 2, Achkel Bazil 2.

Largo (17-4, 15-2): Michael Graham 17, Damante McNeill 16, Derrick Colter 16, Lafayette Nelson 11, Khari Sewell 4, Daemond Carter 4.

Tuesday, February 14
Washington Post Rankings 2-14-12

Washington Post Rankings 2-14-12

1 Paul VI Catholic 25-2
2 DeMatha 25-3
3 Magruder 20-1
4 Gonzaga 24-4
5 Riverdale Baptist 30-2
6 Montrose Christian 17-2
7 Episcopal 19-3
8 Bullis 24-3
9 North Point 20-2
10 Gar-Field 23-1
11 Arundel 21-1
12 Coolidge 25-6
13 Thomas Stone 21-1
14 Springbrook 18-3
15 Gwynn Park 17-5
16 Spingarn 21-5
17 Westfield 20-4
18 W.T. Woodson 20-4
19 Eleanor Roosevelt 18-4
20 Urbana 17-4

Saturday, February 4
Gwynn Park vs. Potomac: Marcel Boyd makes his presence felt in win
Gwynn Park vs. Potomac: Marcel Boyd makes his presence felt in win

In four years of high school, Gwynn Park senior Marcel Boyd has grown over five inches. It may not seem like a lot, but when you were a 6-foot-4 freshman, it makes you a very tall teenager. Boyd is 6-9, wears a 16 size shoe and has a wingspan of roughly 7-1. (It was a 7-foot last year and he guesses it’s only gotten longer.)

Against a much-improved Potomac (Md.) team on Friday night, the Howard recruit powered the sixteenth-ranked Yellow Jackets with a strong defensive effort in a 61-55 win over the Wolverines in Brandywine.

 (Mark Gail/The Washington Post) - Gwynn Park's Xavier Richards gets an easy layup in the first quarter as Potomac's Davon Williams looks on.

Boyd readily admits his offensive game is still developing, though his size alone makes him the frequent target of double-teams in the post. Still, he chipped in 11 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked six shots in a game that avenged a previous loss to Potomac.

“If my offense doesn’t fall, I just try to play as hard as I can on defense and help my team win,” he said.

Paired with Gwynn Park forward Xavier Richards, the Yellows Jackets have a strong front-court duo. Richards, a 6-foot-1 senior with tremendous leaping ability, had a team-high 16 points to help Gwynn Park (14-4, 13-1) jump out to a 16-8 first-quarter lead.

Boyd was a constant defensive presence, putting back teammates’ misses and displaying an adept passing feel out of the post when double-teamed. It was an impressive showing for a player who didn’t even start last season.

“He’s just done such a good job of progressing,” Gwynn Park Coach Mike Glick said. “There’s a saying, an old adage that big men take a bit longer to develop and it’s absolutely true in his case. What’s changed with Marcel is approach to the game and his seriousness.”

Added Boyd: “I’m kind of getting more comfortable and getting more used to my body and developing.”

By halftime, the Yellow Jackets led 26-20 and appeared poised to pull away in the third quarter. But a 13-point lead with 5:38 left was whittled down to two points with 1:55 left by the Wolverines (12-6, 10-4), behind standout sophomore guard Dion Wiley (22 points).

But senior guard Jarvis Hawkins, Boyd and Richards all made key plays in the final minutes to help secure the victory.

The win helps Gwynn Park keep pace with No. 19 Largo at the top of the Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A league.

“It was just determination,” Boyd said. “They beat us the first time. And I’m so determined to make it to the county championships.”

Saturday, February 4
Gwynn Park boys get payback vs. Potomac 61-56
Saturday, February 04, 2012l

With 1:31 remaining in the fourth quarter on Friday night, the Gwynn Park High School boys’ basketball team appeared on the verge of collapsing. The Yellow Jackets were clinging to a two-point lead that had been 13 four minutes earlier, had no timeouts and committed three consecutive turnovers.

All this against visiting Potomac — the only team in the Prince George’s County 3A/2A/1A League to beat the Yellow Jackets this season.

Gwynn Park’s next two plays, however, were sensational, and the Yellow Jackets’ 61-55 victory helped turn the race for the league’s top seed into a two-team battle: Gwynn Park against Largo.

“Great win. Resilient win. It’s only going to make us better for the playoffs,” said Gwynn Park coach Mike Glick. “We have to maintain pace with the teams in our region and Largo in our league.”

Following Gwynn Park’s final time out, 6-foot-9 senior Marcel Boyd caught the ball in the low post and fed senior guard Jarvis Hawkins on a backdoor cut, easily beating Potomac’s pressure defense for the layup.

In doing so, Boyd and Hawkins accomplished what the offense had failed to for a majority of the fourth quarter by crisply executing a set play. The bucket gave Gwynn Park (14-4, 13-1) a 55-51 lead. Following a missed jumper by Potomac’s Mark Givens, senior guard Xavier Richards completed a wild right-handed scoop/runner in the lane to increase Gwynn Park’s lead to six with 1:14 remaining. That late-game precision boosted Gwynn Park to its 10th consecutive victory while the Wolverines (12-6, 10-4) had their five-game winning streak snapped.

“We stayed calm throughout the fourth quarter,” Richards said. “That’s really about it. We tried to stay calm and play to our abilities.”

Richards, the 6-foot-2 guard with you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it jumping abilities, finished with a team-high 16 points, Hawkins had 14 (all in the second half) and Boyd finished with a double-double (11 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks).

“[Potomac was] talking a little trash before the game about how they owned us and how we couldn’t beat them,” Boyd said. “I wanted to go out there and impose our will on them and show them we’re still the team to beat.”

The Yellow Jackets amassed their largest lead, 51-38, with 5:24 remaining, only to see Potomac score 13 of the next 15 points. Even so, Gwynn Park’s shot selection was above average in the second half as Glick’s squad converted 14 of its 22 attempts in the final 16 minutes and finished the game shooting 48.9 percent from the floor (24 of 49).

“We can do big things,” Richards said. “We’ve got good team chemistry. We make things great around here.”

Potomac’s sophomore sensation Dion Wiley led all scorers with 22 points (six 3-pointers). Despite Gwynn Park’s best defensive efforts — tight man-to-man, a box-and-1, aggressive step-outs — Wiley still scored more than a third of his team’s points.

“He’s the best sophomore in our league and one of the best players in our league,” Glick said. “He’s got to be one of the best sophomores in the DMV. “I thought we did a very poor job guarding him from the very first play of the game to the end.”

The Wolverines missed five of their six fourth-quarter free throws, and with the loss likely dropped out of contention for one of the league’s top two spots. Still, after four wins last season, first-year coach Renard Johnson is pleased with the progress in 2012.

“I can’t be disappointed in a loss like this,” Johnson said. “Not just because Gwynn Park is good, but the teams were evenly matched, we were on their home floor, we took their best shot and we put ourselves in a winning position at the end.”

As players filed out of Gwynn Park’s locker room following the game, two assistant coaches could be overheard dissecting the opponent.

“They’re deep. They’re really talented,” one said.

“I wouldn’t want to face them again,” replied the other.

The Yellow Jackets won’t have to, as the teams go to separate regional tournaments — Potomac to the 3A South and Gwynn Park to the 2A South. Glick concurred with his coaching staff.

“They’ve given us the hardest time of anybody in our league,” he said of Potomac. “They’ve done a tremendous job of turning the program around. I’m just happy they’re in 3A.”

Gwynn Park 61, Potomac 55

Potomac 8 12 14 21 — 55

Gwynn Park 16 10 18 17 — 61

Potomac (12-6, 10-4): Dion Wiley 22, Romone Saunders 10, Mark Givens 8, Dondre Brandon 6, Davon Williams 4, Aaron Williams 3, Valshawn Wallace 2

Gwynn Park (14-4, 13-1): Xavier Richards 16, Jarvis Hawkins 14, Marcel Boyd 11, Jalen Harris 10, Agyei Gregory 6, Robert Flint 4

Saturday, February 4
Gwynn Park Holds Off Potomac 61-56

Gwynn Park Holds Off Potomac

by: Kevin Green 2/4/2012

Photos: Boys Basketball: Potomac vs. Gwynn Park (2/3/2012);

Gwynn Park senior center Marcel Boyd provided his usual production on the defensive end and in the offensive low post, but the team utilizing him as a decoy helped put the Yellow Jackets past Potomac Friday night.

Leading by two with less than two minutes remaining, Boyd provided two assists leading to four crucial points as Gwynn Park held off Potomac 61-55.

The 13-point lead that Gwynn Park enjoyed midway through the fourth quarter suddenly shrunk to two points late in the game. Coach Mike Glick called a timeout, and he knew that his team’s offense, which had suddenly gone stagnant, needed a jolt.

Leading 53-51, Gwynn Park (14-4, 13-1 Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A) quickly broke Potomac’s full-court press. Like several other instances in the game, they looked to Boyd to make a play in the post. Instead of looking for his own shot, Boyd dished it to a cutting Jarvis Hawkins for a momentum-shifting layup to put the Yellow Jackets ahead by four. After getting a defensive stop, they would repeat this tactic on an inbounds play with Boyd giving it to fellow senior Xavier Richards who made the layup while being fouled.

Boyd, the 6-foot-9 Howard commit, provided a steady force in the low post on both ends of the court, tallying 11 points, 16 rebounds, and six blocked shots. For Potomac coach Renard Johnson, it was difficult to prepare for such an imposing player.

“He’s a true big man,” Johnson said. “We haven’t really faced a guy like him the whole year. I wish him well next year at Howard University. They’re very fortunate to have him.”

Despite Boyd’s modest offensive output, Glick says that the way shorter opponents play him in the league inhibits his ability to succeed on the offensive end.

“He’s probably one of the biggest underrated big men in our area,” Glick said. “He doesn’t have as bad an offensive game as people think, but everybody’s game plan is to [double-team] him so we just try to make him into a better passer.”

Potomac standout sophomore Dion Wiley proved to be just as much of a problem for Gwynn Park. Wiley scored a game-high 22 points – including making six of 14 from the three-point line – and added eight rebounds.

“He’s probably one of the best sophomores in the [area],” Glick said. “I thought we did a very poor job guarding him from the first play of the game to the very end.”

Richards would also post a double-double with a team-high 16 points, as well as 10 rebounds and four blocks. After being shut out in the first half, Hawkins provided 14 critical points off the bench.

Gwynn Park looked to pull away from Potomac during the second half, but Potomac (12-6, 10-4) would not go away quietly. After falling behind by 12- and 13-point deficits in the second half, the Wolverines would battle back each time, including going on a 13-2 run in the fourth quarter. After seeing his team suffer its only league loss to the Wolverines earlier in the year, Glick knew that they would be a tough out.

“They’ve given us the hardest time of anybody in our league,” Glick said. They’ve done a tremendous job with turning the program around in one year and I’m just happy that they’re in 3A.”

However, Potomac could not overcome a poor performance from the free-throw line. Shooting 62 percent from the line this year, the Wolverines only made five of 14 attempts from the charity stripe, including just one-for-eight in the second half. With the Wolverines down by five, Dondre Brandon was fouled behind the three-point arc, and he only made one of the three foul shots.

“When you make a run on the road trying to come back in the game, sometimes you lose a little focus, and that’s when you miss foul shots,” Johnson said.

With the win, Gwynn Park maintains control of its destiny for a first-round bye in the 2A South playoff tournament and stays on top of the league standings, tied with Largo (15-3, 13-1).

“This helps us because we want to get that bye in the playoffs, but at the same time we just need to get better every day,” Boyd said. “It’s tough because you can be in any situation and still lose in the playoffs.”

Wednesday, February 1
Recruit Report: Gwynn Park Pull Away From Douglass 64-44

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Recruit Report: Gwynn Park Pull Away From Douglass

By ERIK LARSON, DMV Elite Director of Scouting

Gwynn Park entered Tuesday nights match up with a young but energetic Douglass team on top of PG County 3/2/1A Division. After a great defensive effort, they left with their first place status in tact by putting up 64 points and holding Douglass to 44. Key performers were Xavier Richards (18 points, 12 rebounds), Jarvis Hawkins (13 points), and Marcel Boyd (10 points, 12 rebounds). The game Douglass squad kept the score close much of the game, but was unable to make a late run. Douglass was led by Micheal Cunningham (10 points), Saquan Epps-Walker (8 points) and Trevor Johnson (8 points). Here are their evaluations:


Xavier Richards 6'2 W 2012- Xavier is an exciting player with an evolving game. Athletically, he is great. He is strong, fast, and can finish above the rim. He had four dunks, one of them being an alley oop, on Tuesday. He has the ability to attack the rim off of the dribble and score inside on post ups. Defensively, he can defend quality players and cause turnovers in trap situations. He also competes on the boards on both ends of the floor. To improve, Xavier needs to add jump shooting to his scoring repertoire. Avoiding being over aggressive on his basket drives is also important so he doesn't rack up charges. Xavier is late to the scene, but may become a major player his senior year. He has the athleticism and toughness to play on the low D1 level.

Jarvis Hawkins 6'4 F 2012- Jarvis is an athletic forward that does a lot of things well. He is fast, can stay in front of his man on defense and his long arms make him useful when trapping. He can shoot the ball from 3 point range and finish on the break. He does need to add strength and bulk, this will make him more effective in all of his current strengths. He also can improve in ball handling, allowing him to have more scoring opportunities. Jarvis will be a very good D3 player. If he has a really strong finish to the end of his senior campaign, there is a chance he can get a few D2 looks.

Marcel Boyd 6'9 F/C 2012 (Committed to Howard University)- Marcel has improved immensely since he arrive at Gwynn Park as a sophomore. He has increased his strength, athleticsm and overall effectiveness. His ability to rebound and block shots is what seperates him from a lot of big men. He has also improved his offensive game with good post ups, passing and finishing. He still needs to become more proficient with his left hand and should look to strengthen his hands. He does need to get his footwork tighter and be consistently active throughout the game. Marcel is committed to Howard, adding to the list of DMV members on the Bison squad. He has the ability to be very effective there. Look for him to be among the MEAC Conference leaders in block shots early in his career.

Wednesday, January 18
Gwynn Park's Hawkins Drops 30 in 65-56 victory @ Friendly

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Gwynn Park's Hawkins Drops 30


FORT WASHINGTON – The inside of the Friendly Patriots’ gymnasium is hot. Even on a mild day where the audience barely fills the stands, it’s a warm place to be. And when the stands are filled to capacity, there aren’t too many things hotter.

Unless you’re a guard by the name of Jarvis Hawkins. In his first game as a reserve, the senior had the best night of his career as he led the Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets with 30 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and five assists in a come-from-behind 65-56 victory over rival Friendly on Tuesday night.

After Friendly guard Jordan Gaither nailed a desperation halfcourt shot to put the Patriots up 26-12 after the first quarter, it appeared as if the Patriots would run away with the game. But Gwynn Park refocused and responded with a stout defensive performance in the second quarter, holding Friendly to just seven points.

“I thought the key to the game for us was our defensive pressure,” Gwynn Park coach Mike Glick said. “The key part of the game was that second quarter. We were able to get back into the game with our pressure.”

Behind Hawkins, Gwynn Park was able to outscore Friendly 17-7 in that pivotal second quarter, allowing them to go into halftime down just four points after a chilly start. But Hawkins saved his best for the second half where the guard officially put out his calling card for all colleges with a next-level performance. Hawkins was Mr. All Everything for the Jackets, notching steals, collecting rebounds and baskets at an alarming rate. By the time the third quarter ended, the Jackets had a one-point lead at 47-46 and Hawkins next spectacular play would shift the momentum completely.

With Gwynn Park leading 53-49, Hawkins received the ball at the top of the three point line, shook his defender with an in-and-out dribble and finished off the glass with a contorted layup before staring at a roaring Yellow Jacket section.

The play zapped the fan support from the Friendly faithful and forced Patriots head coach Mark Edwards to burn a timeout to collect the minds of his troops. But Gwynn Park guard Jalen Harris nailed a three on the Jackets’ next possession to push the lead to nine and the Patriots were done.

“I knew it was going to be a tough game,” Hawkins said. “We came today ready to play.”

For much of the season, Gwynn Park coaches have been down on Hawkins for a lackadaisical effort. In an effort to light a fire under Hawkins, Glick decided to bring him off the bench for Tuesday’s game and the results were excellent.

When informed that Hawkins scored 30 points, Glick’s face lit up.

“Did he? Wow!” an excited Glick asked. “It’s the first game he’s come off the bench this season. He’s been a starter and played the most minutes for us but we were disappointed in his performance so we brought him off the bench and challenged him and he definitely responded.”

Gwynn Park (9-4, 8-1 in 3A conference) moved to first place in the division after beating Largo (10-2, 8-1) on Saturday. Friendly (6-5, 6-3) remained in third place with the defeat.


Monday, January 16
2011-12 Washington Post Rankings GP # 17

2011-12 Washington Post Rankings

Boys Basketball as of 1/16/2012
1 DeMatha 15-1
2 Montrose Christian 11-1
3 Gonzaga 14-0
4 Paul VI Catholic 14-2
5 Magruder 11-1
6 Episcopal 11-1
7 Bullis 15-2
8 Riverdale Baptist 20-2
9 North Point 10-2
10 Springbrook 10-2
11 Thomas Stone 12-0
12 Osbourn 14-0
13 Gar-Field 14-0
14 Arundel 11-0
15 DuVal 8-3
16 Eleanor Roosevelt 8-3
17 Gwynn Park 8-4
18 Largo 9-2
19 Glen Burnie 12-1
20 Spingarn 12-5

Saturday, January 14
Largo's Fourth-Quarter Comeback Falls Short at Gwynn Park

Largo's Fourth-Quarter Comeback Falls Short at Gwynn Park

by: Kevin Green 1/14/2012

Photos: Boys Basketball: Gwynn Park vs...;

Even with a 21-point lead late in the third quarter, the Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets knew that handing Largo its first league loss would be difficult.

Despite late-game turnovers, inopportune fouls and subpar free throw shooting, the Yellow Jackets weathered a furious comeback from their rivals to the north, defeating the Lions 78-76. Gwynn Park moved into a tie atop the Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A league standings.

Behind 11 fourth-quarter points from guard Derrick Colter, the Lions did not go quietly. The standout senior guard notched a game-high 24 points and added four rebounds, three assists, and five steals.

As Gwynn Park looked to control the ball and burn the clock, Largo head coach Lewis Howard used a mixture of presses and traps on defense and forced the Yellow Jackets to turn the ball over. On the offensive end, Largo attacked the basket and got to the free-throw line at the expense of Gwynn Park’s 6-foot-9 center Marcel Boyd, whose defensive presence was lost after fouling out. The Lions would convert 11 of 14 free throws down the stretch to narrow the sizable margin.

The Lions (9-2, 7-1 PG 3A/2A/1A) pulled to within four points of Gwynn Park after a three-point play from junior Daemond Carter with 1:40 left in the game, but critical free throws from seniors Ageyi Gregory and Xavier Richards helped put the game out of reach as the lead grew to 77-70 with 20.3 seconds left. Colter would hit two desperation three-point attempts, but Gwynn Park successfully ran out the clock before Largo could foul again.

“We [were] still in the game as long as there’s time on the clock,” Howard said, recalling what he told his players during that critical third quarter. “We’re upset that we lost, but the numbers show that we fought back, so that’s a good sign for us.”

Such is the sentiment among two rival teams that annually contend for the league title. Yellow Jackets coach Mike Glick has respect for the coaching job Howard has done in keeping his Lions focused on their comeback attempt.

“They’re a never-say-die team,” Glick said. “They did a great job of applying pressure. I thought we struggled towards the fourth quarter handling the pressure. We were lucky to escape with a victory.”

Already holding a respectable 39-31 halftime advantage, Gwynn Park (8-4, 7-1 PG 3A/2A/1A) opened the lead to 62-41 behind the inspired play of senior Xavier Richards, who played much bigger than his 6-foot-2-inch frame, scoring 19 points, pulling down 17 rebounds, and blocking five shots.

Junior Jalen Harris also came alive in the second half. Despite Harris shooting poorly in the first half, Glick was still pleased with his shot selection and encouraged Harris to keep his head up and keep shooting. He scored 10 points in that pivotal third quarter en route to a co-team-high 21 points.

“The good thing about Jalen is that he plays with no conscience,” Glick said, regarding Harris not getting gun-shy after his subpar first half. “He’s got the attitude of a shooter.”

Boyd also appeared to dominate the boards in the first half, pulling down eight of his 10 rebounds to go with seven points, but his height quickly drew the attention of Largo forwards Damante McNeill and Michael Graham. McNeill added 18 points on the offensive end.

Gwynn Park also opened the game strong thanks to the sharp shooting of Gregory, who also scored 21 points, in the first quarter. Coming off the bench, he provided a spark for the Yellow Jackets, hitting two three-pointers and making three free throws after being fouled while shooting from behind the arc.

Both teams will hit the road Tuesday for their next contest, with Largo taking on Forestville (5-7, 3-5 PG 3A/2A/1A) and Gwynn Park traveling to Friendly (6-4, 6-2 PG 3A/2A/1A). Despite pulling even with Largo in the league standings, Glick could not stress enough the importance of Tuesday’s contest.

“If we lose to Friendly, we’re just giving a game back that we won here,” he said. “This victory is just one win. We’ve got to bounce back and be ready to play on Tuesday in a very tough environment on the road.”

Saturday, January 14
Gwynn Park upsets No. 13 Largo in Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A boys’ basketball

Gwynn Park upsets No. 13 Largo in Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A boys’ basketball

Forgive Gwynn Park seniors Xavier Richards and Agyei Gregory for not knowing at first just how important Friday night’s Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A game against Largo was going to be. They’re both natives of the Virgin Islands and came to Gwynn Park for their final year of high school for a better shot at college.

And even though adjusting to a new school and a different style of basketball wasn’t easy at first, the cousins showed that they’re quickly grasping their new surroundings — and they’re excelling in it, too. Richards and Gregory combined for 40 points in a thrilling 78-76 upset win over the 13th-ranked Lions in Brandywine.

“I love playing with [Richards],” said Gregory, who led the Yellow Jackets with 21 points off the bench. “He’s my biggest competition and I’m sure I’m his biggest competition. But when we’re on the floor together, it’s great.”

Back home on the island of St. Thomas, Richards and Gregory played for rival high schools, joining forces only during summer basketball. But together they decided to move in with their uncle Scheniko Frett, who lives near Gwynn Park.

“I didn’t really know about the opportunity but [my uncle] told me to come because he knew I was good at basketball and I needed a better education,” said Richards, who had 19 points.

And though both admit it was difficult at first to pick up everything that was new, they have both started to settle in at their new school.

Against Largo (9-2, 7-1), the 6-foot-1 Richards showcased his incredible leaping ability, recording 11 rebounds and five crucial blocks. Gregory, a 6-foot-2 sharpshooter, had 15 points at the half to help the Yellow Jackets build a 39-31 lead.

Gwynn Park (8-4, 6-1) pushed further ahead in the third quarter, leading by 21 points, before Largo mounted a comeback behind standout senior guard Derrick Colter (20 points). The Lions trimmed the deficit to four points with a 1 minute 40 seconds left.

Led by Richards and Gregory, the Yellow Jackets withstood a pair of three-pointers by Colter in the final 14 seconds to eke out the win over their rivals, who were unknown to both of them only months before.

“We knew about the hype from our teammates and the build-up during the week,” Gregory said.

Saturday, January 14
Gwynn Park notches 78-76 nail-biting victory vs. Largo
Saturday, January 14, 2012

Most athletes and coaches at Gwynn Park High School consider Frederick Douglass High their arch rival, but this winter in boys basketball, the Yellow Jackets may temporarily give that title to Largo.

In a raucous atmosphere Friday night in Brandywine, the Lions and Yellow Jackets put on a show that demonstrated they may be the two best teams in the Prince George’s County 3A/2A/1A League this season.

After trailing by 21 points in the third quarter, Largo managed to make the contest a nail-biter, but the Lions were unable to complete the comeback and Gwynn Park escaped with a 78-76 victory.

The Yellow Jackets (8-4 overall, 7-1 league) moved into a tie for the league lead while handing the Lions (9-2, 7-1) their first loss in the county this season.

“I think in our league, this has become the rivalry,” said Gwynn Park coach Mike Glick. “This has become the Duke vs. North Carolina. It’s a great rivalry. I think we’re both very good. Being good and always fighting for the top of the division makes it great for both teams.”

As an added bonus, Friday’s game potentially was the first of three between the teams this season. Gwynn Park will visit Largo on Feb. 13, and in the postseason both teams will play in the 2A South Region. Largo previously was a 3A school, which meant the teams went their separate ways during the playoffs. But Largo was reclassified to the 2A ranks starting this school year.

Gwynn Park junior guard Jalen Harris, who has been one of the surprise players in the county this season, scored 21 points, three above his average. Yellow Jackets’ senior Agyei Gregory, who has become a starter in place of injured junior Alex Bazil, also had 21 points. High-leaping senior Xavier Richards had 19 points for Gwynn Park.

In recent years, the Yellow Jackets have had a dynamite duo to lead the way. Brandon Ford and Tion Barnes were the cornerstone of the team the past two seasons as Gwynn Park won two consecutive 2A South Region titles. But this season, the Yellow Jackets are getting contributions from many players, and Glick said this year’s team is “the most balanced” he has had in six seasons at the Brandywine school. The team has an inside punch from 6-foot-9 senior center Marcel Boyd, rebounding from Richards and Boyd and outside shooting from Harris.

“We can rely on a bunch of different people on this team,” Harris said. “Coach tells us to move the ball around in practice and we carry that over to the game. That helps us get open shots and get to the basket.”

Largo, which has a senior-laden lineup, has grown to expect a battle every time it steps on the court. Friday night, the Lions already were eagerly anticipating the teams’ next meeting Feb. 13

“The conversation we had in the locker room is that we’re going to punish them the next time we play them,” said Derrick Colter, who had a game-high 24 points. “We’re the team to beat and they’re feeling good because they beat us. It’s personal. Next time they come to play at our house, it’s on. They’re our biggest rival now.”

Leading 39-31 at the start of the third quarter, Gwynn Park played with more energy and outhustled the Lions to start the second half. Gwynn Park had boosted its lead to 62-41 with a little more than a minute to play in the third period.

But over the next 5 minutes, the Lions began using full-court pressure and outscored the Yellow Jackets, 14-6, to cut the deficit to nine with 5 minutes remaining in the game.

The Lions would cut got to within four points at 74-70 with 1:40 remaining in the game. But a series of misses and turnovers hurt the Lions’ chances, and then time expired.

“It has become a rivalry within the County 3A/2A/1A League,” said Largo coach Lewis Howard. “It’s a competitive situation. You have two very good teams playing. We are the barometer for our league, however, [Gwynn Park] is the barometer as well. Now that we’ve dropped to Class 2A, we’re in the same region now. There’s potential that we will play again after the second game. We relish it.”

Gwynn Park 78, Largo 76

Largo 13 18 14 31 — 76

Gwynn Park 25 14 23 16 — 78

Largo (9-2, 7-1): Derrick Colter 24, Damante McNeill 18, Lafayette Nelson 14, Daemond Carter 11, Michael Graham 3, Jeffery Garvin 2, Tyeke Jones 2, Khari Sewell 2.

Gwynn Park (8-4, 7-1): Agyei Gregory 21, Jalen Harris 21, Xavier Richards 19, Marcel Boyd 7, Jarvis Hawkins 6, Robert Flint 2, Trevor Ford 2.

Sunday, January 8
Chemistry developing for Gwynn Park boys
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Chemistry developing for Gwynn Park boys

Most of the firepower that propelled the Gwynn Park High School boys’ basketball team into the Maryland 2A semifinals last season was lost to graduation last spring. But a new cast of characters could be on a track similar to last year’s team.

A hot-shooting first quarter that included six 3-pointers was enough for the Gwynn Park to earn a 76-64 victory against Fairmont Heights on Friday night in Brandywine. The Yellow Jackets improved to 6-4 overall and 5-1 in the County 3A/2A/1A League, while the Hornets (3-7) dropped their fifth in a row.

“I think we’re picking up momentum,” said Gwyn Park coach Mike Glick. “We knew that it would take a while for them to develop chemistry with five new starters this season. We knew that as the season moved on we would get better and they’re starting to get to know each other.”

Gwynn Park’s 6-foot-9 senior center Marcel Boyd was impressive, scoring 16 points while grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking three shots. Senior forward Xavier Richards added a spark with 10 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks.

“This is a breaking point for us as a team,” Boyd said. “We’re starting to come together as a team. We know each other’s roles and what each other can and can’t do, and we’re starting to work and become a better team. I think the second half could shape up really good for us.”

“It all starts in practice,” Richards said. “We play together, developing our chemistry. We just have to keep the same intensity and bring it every night.”

Underscoring the completeness of the effort on Friday, Gwynn Park had a season-high 19 assists as a team.

Junior guard Jalen Harris has been a driving force all season, averaging 18 points per game. He had 20 against Fairmont Heights, and senior Agyei Gregory added 14 points, including four 3-pointers.

Fairmont Heights senior forward Julian Livingston had an outstanding night with a game-high 32 points, to go along with seven rebounds and four blocks. But the rest of the Hornets struggled to play consistently.

“Right now we have a lot to learn,” Livingston said. “We keep making the same mistakes and turnovers. People can’t handle the ball and pressure [defense], and that keeps putting us in bad situations at the end of the game.”

Hornets’ coach George Wake said the team’s experienced leaders need to demand more from their teammates.

“We’re lost at this point, and a car riding down the road without a driver,” Wake said. “We have no leadership. If you’re practicing and practice is not going well, it should be a leader, not a coach pulling the players back in to work hard. You always want a leader that makes the team accountable and we don’t have that.”

Game notes: Gwynn Park will be without senior leader Eric Batts for at least several weeks after he suffered an injury to his reconstructed left knee during practice on Tuesday. Batts, who tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in December 2010 and missed the rest of last season, reinjured his knee when a teammate fell on the back of his leg.

“My knee stiffened up but it’s going to take a couple of weeks,” said Batts, a 6-foot guard. “This year has been frustrating. Before hurting my knee again, I felt close to 100 percent. Every game I’m getting better and that’s what I’m happy about and I’m having a progression right now.”

“He was really getting better and more confidence in his knee,” Glick said. “He’s our most tenacious player, and losing him is a big blow because he plays harder than anybody. He plays bigger than what he is.”

The Yellow Jackets are looking forward to the return of 6-11 senior center Kevin Walters, who has missed all of the Yellow Jackets 10 games this season after breaking his wrist in practice. Glick said he expects for Walters to return within the next two weeks.

Gwynn Park 76, Fairmont Heights 64

Fairmont Heights 13 12 15 24 — 64

Gwynn Park 25 13 16 22 — 76

Gwynn Park: Jalen Harris 20; Agyei Gregory 14; Marcel Boyd 16

Fairmont Heights: Julian Livingston 32; Jamar Cuthbertson 6; Javon Nance 5; Kavan Sclafford 5

Thursday, January 5
Howard recruit leads Gwynn Park

Howard recruit leads Gwynn Park

Photo by Jacqui South. Marcel Boyd, a Howard University recruit, leads Gwynn Park.

Photo by Jacqui South. Marcel Boyd, a Howard University recruit, leads Gwynn Park.

Published on: Friday, January 06, 2012

By Brandy L. Simms

At 6-foot-9 inches tall and weighing 230 pounds, Gwynn Park High senior center Marcel Boyd stands out on the hardwood.

Boyd has helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a 4-4 record through the team’s first eight games and has registered four double-doubles in the process.

The graduation of players such as Tion Barnes, Brandon Ford and Daniel Henry has forced Boyd to take more of a leadership role this season.

Described by Gwynn Park head coach Mike Glick as “athletic with a tremendous upside,” Boyd will take his skills to the District of Columbia next season when he suits up for the Howard University Bison.

“Howard’s a great fit because it’s close to home,” said Boyd, who signed with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference school during the November early signing period.

The Bison are coached by Kevin Nickelberry, a 47-year-old District native who began his coaching career as an assistant at Takoma Park’s Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) in the early 1990s.

Nickelberry held assistant coaching positions at various Division I programs including Charlotte and Clemson but got his big break when Hampton University hired him to be their head coach in 2006. After a three-year stint at Hampton, Nickelberry spent a season coaching the Libyan national team before he was hired by Howard in 2010.

“Coach Nickelberry, he’s a great coach,” Boyd said. “He told me when I come there he’s going to teach me a lot of stuff that I don’t know, he’s going to develop me.”

The Bison roster is littered with Prince George’s County products including Prince Okoroh (Eleanor Roosevelt), Brandon Bailey (Largo) and Ford, Boyd’s former high school teammate.

“I’ve been playing with them guys since tenth grade so it (will be) fun to play with them again,” Boyd said. “That just made the deal even sweeter.”

In the meantime, however, Boyd has his sights set on helping Gwynn Park get back to the state tournament and capturing the Brandywine school’s first Maryland state title since 1988.

Thursday, January 5
Gwynn Park, Eleanor Roosevelt open tourney with losses

Gwynn Park, Eleanor Roosevelt open tourney with losses

Photo by Jacqui South. Eleanor Roosevelt's Chaun Miller guards Nick Griffin, who put up 11 points for Magruder.

Photo by Jacqui South. Eleanor Roosevelt's Chaun Miller guards Nick Griffin, who put up 11 points for Magruder.

Published on: Friday, January 06, 2012

By Brandy L. Simms

Montgomery County basketball made a statement last week as both Springbrook and Magruder captured wins in the opening games of the Roberts Oxygen Holiday Tournament at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring.

The two day tournament featured Springbrook and Magruder against Prince George’s County powers Eleanor Roosevelt and Gwynn Park.

Magruder senior forward Garland Owens scored a game-high 16 points to go along with eight rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots to lead the Colonels past Eleanor Roosevelt in the opener, 64-45.

“Garland, he’s about 6-4 and a half but he plays like he’s 6-8, 6-9,” said Magruder head coach Dan Harwood.

The dynamic junior backcourt duo of Nick Griffin (11 points) and J.J. Epps (15 points) combined for 26 points and classmate Justin Witmer finished with ten points for Magruder.

Several Division I college recruiters were in attendance including George Washington head coach Mike Lonergan and Howard University head coach Kevin Nickelberry.

In the nightcap, Springbrook held on for a 61-59 victory over Gwynn Park after racing out to a 15-point halftime lead.

“We’ve been off for a week. That’s no excuse, but I think we were a little lackadaisical in the start,” said Gwynn Park head coach Mike Glick. “But overall, I’m proud of the way we responded. Springbrook’s an excellent team.”

Springbrook was led by senior forward Demetric Austin who scored a game-high 25 points; Charles Taylor finished with 14 points and Tomazye Anderson added 11 points for the Blue Devils.

Meanwhile, Gwynn Park was led by the trio of Jalen Harris (16 points), Marcel Boyd (12 points) and Xavier Richards (11 points) who combined for 39 of the Yellow Jackets’ 59 points.

Thursday, December 29
Magruder Holds On Versus a Game Gwynn Park 67-61

Magruder Holds On Versus a Game Gwynn Park 67-61

20 hours ago by Marc Stern in ( CHTV Video , High School , Top Stories )


Entering the 2011 Robert's Oxygen Holiday Invitational most fans thought that the most lopsided game of the tournament would be the match-up that featured #9 Magruder and #25 Gwynn Park.

Those who stuck around for the tournament finale saw arguably the best game of the two day showcase, an up and down affair that saw Magruder's big 5 click on all cylinders. The Yellow Jackets however showed incredible fight and kept the game close throughout. Magruder connected on ten 3 point field goals, 8 of which came from junior's Nick Griffin and Justin Witmer. The pair combined for 25 first half points. Witner finished the game with 19, Griffin 17 and senior Garland Owens scored 19 as well.

Despite losing the contest, Gwynn Park's fight and resolve were the story of the game. For the third consecutive game and fifth time this season, the Yellow Jackets were led in scoring by sharp shooting Junior guard Jalen Harris. Harris scored 21 on Wednesday night and has now made 19 3-pointers through 8 games this season. He has made at least two 3's in every game this season but two and is also shooting over 80% from the free throw line. Center Marcel Boyd added 9 points and 5 rebounds but was only 1-7 from the free throw line and missed two critical free throws with seconds remaining that could have brought the score down to a one possesion lead. Guard Xavier Richards had a double-double for the Yellow Jackets scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

The tournament was great experience for a Magruder team that Gwynn Park coach Mike Glick considers the favorite to win the 4A state championship this year. With Baltimore's Patterson High School being moved down to the 3A, most consider 4A defending state champions North Point, and Magruder, the class of the division. The problem for Magruder is that they don't get tested often. Their season opener with DeMatha was a great test, as was this Christmas tournament, but the Montgomery County Schedule they play offers only a couple of games that should challenge the #9 Colonels.

When the regular season resumes after the new year, Magruder will host Gaithersburg on January 3 while Gwynn Park hosts Broadneck on the 4th. 

Thursday, December 29
# 4 Magruder 67 vs Gwynn Park 61
Magruder boys sweep Prince George's

Colonels remain hot from outside to defeat Gwynn Park at Springbrook tournament

Gwynn Park High School boys basketball coach Mike Glick experienced a touch of the six-degrees-of-separation phenomena Wednesday night and it wasn't exactly a pleasant occurrence.

Facing Col. Zadok Magruder during the second day of the Roberts Oxygen Invitational at Springbrook High School, Glick ran into the son of a long-time friend and former Catholic Youth Organization basketball teammate, namely Colonels junior forward Justin Witmer, whose 21 points, including a timely 3-pointer to end the third quarter, helped the Colonels to a 67-61 win.

Joking that the sting of the loss was lessened considering who it was against, Glick was more than pleased with his team's effort, including trimming a 64-54 deficit with 2 minutes and 10 seconds left in the game to as close as four points, 65-61, with 23.3 seconds following a 3-pointer by Jalen Harris. A furious full-court press turned Magruder miscues into points.

“We're getting better,” said Glick, whose Yellow Jackets fell to 4-4 with three of those losses coming to 4A powerhouses Eleanor Roosevelt (6-2), Springbrook (6-2) and Magruder (7-1). “I'm proud of my players; the way they responded. They didn't have any quit in them. There's a lot of room for improvement. I think we need to get better every day and if we do, we'll be where we want to be.”

The boys side of the invitational gave some of the top public school teams from Montgomery and Prince George's counties a chance to play each other. Magruder is ranked second by the Montgomery Gazette, Gwynn Park sixth by the Prince George's Gazette.

For Magruder, the victory was the team's seventh straight since a season-opening loss to DeMatha and it gave the Colonels a two-game sweep at the two-day, four-team, non-championship tournament. They also own a 59-50 win against the Blue Devils this winter.

“It's just a statement for us because they're supposed to be the best teams in PG County and we want to be the best team in Montgomery County,” said Witmer, who nailed four 3-pointers in the win. “It's just a good win. We just played as a team, kept our heads in the game and overall played pretty good. Seven and one is definitely where we want to be right now.”

Like in the Roosevelt win, Magruder was hot offensively in the first quarter with 23 points for a six-point advantage. That lead grew to 38-29 at halftime following a 3-point play by Witmer with 1.2 seconds left in the half.

Witmer opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer and ended it with one for a 52-41 lead. Gwynn Park held possession late in the third quarter but a travelling violation gave Magruder the ball and Witmer nailed an open 3-pointer from the right wing as the buzzer sounded.

“They're about as good defensively as we're going to see this year,” Colonels coach Dan Harwood said. “We want to spread the floor, keep the ball moving and we were getting some good looks passing the ball to Nick [Griffin] and Justin. [Witmer] definitely knocked some shots down that opened things up for us.”

Magruder kept its lead between 6-10 points for much of the fourth quarter but Glick employed his “Jungle” press in the final few minutes of the game and it forced a trio of turnovers and led to seven straight points by Harris, who scored 13 of 23 points in the fourth quarter on mostly drives to the basket and finishes in traffic.

But a pair of missed free throws with 6.2 seconds by the Yellow Jackets and then a pair of double bonus free throws by Garland Owens (15 points) with four seconds left sealed the win for the Colonels.

Wednesday, December 28
MoCo vs. PG: Springbrook tops Gwynn Park 61-59
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
MoCo vs. PG: Springbrook tops Gwynn Park 61-59

Every day before practice officially starts, Springbrook High School boys basketball coach Tom Crowell asks his players to shoot 100 free throws.

That seemingly tedious task paid dividends in Tuesday's 61-59 win over Prince George's County's Gwynn Park on the first day of the Roberts Oxygen Holiday Invitational at Springbrook.

The Montgomery Gazette's fourth-ranked team (6-1) made 14-of-22 free throws, which allowed them to prevail despite a six-point third quarter. Most importantly, senior Demetric Austin netted both of his attempts with six seconds remaining in regulation to all but clinch the game at 61-56.

Gwynn Park is ranked sixth by the Prince George's Gazette.

Yellow Jackets junior Jalen Harris' fourth 3-pointer of the night fell in at the buzzer.

“I've got to thank my coach,” Austin said. “That just showed how important free throws are.”

Added Gwynn Park coach Mike Glick: “Free throws are a huge part of the game. A lot of games are decided by free throws. They ran a great out-of-bounds play to get the ball into [Austin] and he knocked down both of his shots.”

Springbrook's two-day tournament pits two of Montgomery's best against two of the best Prince George's has to offer. Austin said a bit of intercounty rivalry made the game even more exciting.

The Blue Devils are scheduled to face fourth-ranked Eleanor Roosevelt at 5 p.m. Wednesday, with Magruder and Gwynn Park to follow at 7 p.m.

Springbrook took advantage of Gwynn Park's (4-1) slow start Tuesday and jumped to a 31-16 halftime lead. Once the Yellow Jackets' shots started falling, however, they were able to employ their full-court press and the Blue Devils struggled to adjust to the pace.

Gwynn Park outscored Springbrook,17-6, in the third quarter to cut the Blue Devils' lead to 37-33. The Yellow Jackets twice got within three in the final minute of regulation.

“They started trapping and we did not know what to do,” Austin said. “We didn't have a game plan. Then [Crowell] told us a couple of plays to open up the lanes.”

Once Springbrook started to penetrate the paint and dish the ball out to Austin (25 points) for the pull-up jumper or to inside-out threats Charles Taylor (13) and Tomazye Anderson (12), the Blue Devils were able to regain control.

Harris scored nine of his team-high 17 total points in Gwynn Park's fourth-quarter comeback bid. Ten of 6-foot-9, 230-pound senior center Marcel Boyd's 14 points were scored in the second half.

“Springbrook is an excellent team, one of the best teams we'll play,” Glick said. “We're just trying to get better.”

Springbrook 61, Gwynn Park 59

Gwynn Park (4-1) 8 8 17 26—59

Springbrook (6-1) 15 16 6 24—61

Gwynn Park: Jalen Harris 17, Marcel Boyd 14, Xavier Richards 11, Jarvis Hawkins 6, Robert Flint 4, Eric Batts 3, Achkel Bazil 2, Trevor Ford 2. Springbrook: Demetric Austin 25, Charles Taylor 13, Tomazye Anderson 12, Wayo Adjei 5, Brandon Emery 4, Timmy Christian 2.

Wednesday, December 28
Springbrook Outlasts Gwynn Park 61-59

Springbrook Outlasts Gwynn Park 61-59

2 days ago by Marc Stern in ( High School , Top Stories )


Demetric Austin carried Springbrook in the night cap of Tuesday's double header in the Roberts Oxygen Holiday Classic at Springbrook High School.

Austin scored 16 of his game high 25 points in the fourth and decisive quarter to go along with 10 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Springbrook got out to an early lead, and as the first half ended it appeared that "The Brook" had it wrapped up. But Mike Glick's Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets have always been known as a scrappy bunch and that was evident tonight. Gwynn Park, who won last year's Capitol Hoops Game Of The Year - a thrilling win over an undefeated Oakland Mills team to capture a regional championship and advance to the Comcast Center graduated all five of its starters from last year's team. Glick, who called his team a "work in progress", saw his squad storm back from a 15 point half time deficit behind a swarming full court press to cut the lead to just one on 2 separate possessions. Springbrook began to break the press late and come away with easy transition baskets. They also made 10 fourth quarter free throws to secure the victory.

Gwynn Park was led by Center Marcel Boyd, who scored 14 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Gwynn Park's Jalen Harris scored 17, including four 3-pointers; but Boyd's inside presence is what stood out.

On Wednesday in day two of the tournament #19 Springbrook will play #14 Eleanor Roosevelt at 5pm. #25 Gwynn Park will play #9 Magruder in the night cap.

Sunday, December 18
E. Roosevelt boys pull away from Gwynn Park 51-41
Sunday, December 18, 2011
E. Roosevelt boys pull away from Gwynn Park 51-41

Two-time defending 4A South Region champion Eleanor Roosevelt notched a 51-41 victory against two-time 2A South Region champ Gwynn Park in the marquee game of the More Than Basketball Winter Showcase: 2A/3A vs. 4A Challenge at Riverdale Baptist School.

The event featured five games matching teams from the Prince George's County 4A League against teams from the County 3A/2A/1A League. Both Roosevelt and Gwynn Park viewed Saturday night's meeting as a signature game, as both have been the signature teams in their respective regions the last two years.

As it has done consistently in the past two seasons, Roosevelt (4-1) once again relied on its defense to control the game and defeat Gwynn Park (4-1). After coming from behind in the fourth quarter to beat Henry A. Wise 54-47 on Friday night, Roosevelt’s stifling 2-3 zone defense gave Gwynn Park problems throughout Saturday's game.

On the offensive end, senior Chaun Miller led the way for the Raiders with 14 points.

“He’s been a great senior leader for us,” said Roosevelt coach Brendan O’Connell.

The Raiders knew they were facing a formidable offensive team in Gwynn Park, which had reached the 80-point mark in two of its first four games, including an 81-66 win against Frederick Douglass on Friday.

“I’m proud of my players,” O'Connell said. “They fought through battles, [and] made enough plays to win. We knew if we kept getting stops it would keep us in the game and ultimately some shots started falling.”

Despite the loss, Gwynn Park remained confident.

“It’s a game that’s going to make us better, though tonight we did not shoot the ball well,” said Yellow Jackets' coach Mike Glick. “We’ve been scoring in the 70s and 80s, and their defense held us to 41.”

Jarvis Hawkins was the leading scorer for Gwynn Park with 13 points, followed by 12 points from Xavier Richards, who gave Roosevelt problems in the second half.

The tempo of the game favored Roosevelt from the opening tip, as the Raiders made many defensive stops. But Roosevelt had trouble capitalizing on offense.

Gwynn Park led 13-12 at the end of the first quarter, and there was even less scoring in the second quarter, as Roosevelt took a 21-19 lead into halftime. The Raiders held a 33-28 lead heading into the fourth quarter, and then had their most productive period of the game, scoring 18 points in the final eight minutes.

Roosevelt 51, Gwynn Park 41

Roosevelt 12 9 12 18 – 51

Gwynn Park 13 6 9 13 – 41

Roosevelt (4-1): Chaun Miller 14, Malachi Alexander 9, Amir Baiyina 9, Tiwain Kindley 7, Arnaud Mulosa 5, Enuoma Ebinum 4, B.J. Antoine 3.

 Gwynn Park (4-1): Jarvis Hawkins 13, Xavier Richards 12, Marcel Boyd 4, Jalen Harris 4, Agyel Gregory 3, Trevor Ford 2, Achkel Bazil 2, Eric Batts 1.

Saturday, December 17
Chemistry develops quickly for Gwynn Park
Friday, December 16, 2011
Chemistry develops quickly for Gwynn Park

His team lost all five starters from last year and it was unclear how the returning players would respond.

Watching the Yellow Jackets demolish rival Frederick Douglass, 81-66, in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Gwynn Park on Friday, however, one would have thought Glick’s lineup has played together since birth.

Gwynn Park 6-foot-9 senior center Marcel Boyd and senior swing man Xavier Richards combined to score 43 points and grab 23 rebounds in the dominant effort. Both played above the rim more often than not in helping the Yellow Jackets improve to 4-0.

The duo commenced the onslaught from the opening tip when Boyd swatted the ball into Gwynn Park’s offensive zone. Richards then ran onto it, took two steps and dunked it with both hands. It was the first of three dunks for Richards, while Boyd added two, including a breakway dunk that gave Gwynn Park its largest lead of the night, 72-51, midway through the fourth quarter.

“Marcel Boyd has taken his game to a different level,” Glick said. “A lot of the credit goes to Marcel and him stepping up his game. And Xavier Richards is sparking us offensively. He’s a tough matchup.”

Boyd finished with a game-high 23 points and 13 rebounds while Richards added 20 points and 10 rebounds. Boyd was 10 of 15 from the floor with the majority of his buckets coming in the paint. Despite being double-teamed often, Boyd frequently converted or found an open man (he had four assists).

Richards, meanwhile, was 9 of 16, scoring in a variety of ways. He displayed an unmatched level of athleticism not only with his dunking ability, but his quickness off the ball and rebounding in traffic. The Yellow Jackets beat Douglass (1-3) on the boards 39-25 in what Glick called his team’s best rebounding effort this season.

“It’s a very unique team and a very disciplined team,” Glick said. “It’s a very together team and a very unselfish team. I think that makes up for the lack of experience.”

Facilitating for the Yellow Jackets was 6-foot-4 senior point guard Jarvis Hawkins, who finished with 11 points and five assists. His calming presence and heady play allowed Gwynn Park to perform like a veteran squad despite its rather inexperienced roster.

“I came in here knowing that I would have to do a lot for my team to win,” Hawkins said. “Whatever my team needs for us to get the win, I’m there.”

Despite four Douglass players recording double figures in points — led by 16 apiece from Saquan Epps-Walker (who also had nine rebounds) and JaSahn Johnson — Gwynn Park’s attack was too meticulous and unrelenting for the Eagles to counter.

“We knew they had height. It played a bigger role than we anticipated,” said Douglass coach Tyrone Massenburg. “[Richards], his athleticism, we just couldn’t match it on our side. We had a hard time containing him. It was a good night for them. We picked a bad time to not really play our best.”

The teams traded blows evenly in the first quarter, which ended 19-18 in favor of Gwynn Park, but the Yellow Jackets pulled away with an 8-0 run midway through the second quarter and their lead was never again threatened.

Both teams will play Saturday in the second annual MTB Winter Showcase-2A/3A vs. 4A Challenge at Riverdale Baptist. Douglass will face Bowie at 6:40 p.m. before Gwynn Park takes on Eleanor Roosevelt at 8:20 p.m.

“We’re looking forward to it. We get to represent our league and enter as the underdog,” Glick said.

Gwynn Park 81, Douglass 66

Frederick Douglass 18 12 10 26 — 66

Gwynn Park 19 18 23 21 — 81

Gwynn Park (4-0): Marcel Boyd 23, Xavier Richards 20, Jalen Harris 14, Jarvis Hawkins 11, Trevor Ford 6, Ackhel Bazil 4, Ageyi Gregory 3

Douglass (1-3): JaSahn Johnson 16, Saquan Epps-Walker 16, Mike Cunningham 10, Marvis Davies 10, John Carroll 4, Davonte Gordon 4, Marsalis Hurley 4, Jeffrey Calhoun 2

Friday, December 16

2011-2012  CAPITOL HOOPS TOP 25 RELEASEDsingleimage


After a couple weeks of play under our belts Capitol Hoops has taken the opportunity to watch a lot of basketball and while a familiar face is ranked #1 its our #2 ranking that's stirring up the controversy. Check out our top-25 as follows .....

#1 Montrose Christian 5-0 (Rockville, MD)

#2 Paul VI 5-0 (Fairfax City, VA)

#3 DeMatha 3-0 (Hyattsville, MD)

#4 Gonzaga 5-0 (Washington, DC)

#5 Patterson 2-0 (Baltimore, MD)

#6 Mount St. Joseph 8-0 (Baltimore, MD)

#7 North Point 2-0 (Waldorf, MD)

#8 St. Frances 2-1 (Baltimore, MD)

#9 Magruder 2-1 (Rockville, MD)

#10 O'Connell 5-0 (Arlington, VA)

#11 Episcopal 3-1 (Alexandria, VA)

#12 Dunbar 2-0 (Baltimore, MD)

#13 National Christian 3-1 (Fort Washington, MD)

#14 Eleanor Roosevelt 1-1 (Greenbelt, MD)

#15 Riverdale Baptist 6-2 (Upper Marlboro, MD)

#16 John Carroll 9-1 (Bel Air, MD)

#17 Coolidge 4-1 (Washington, DC)

#18 Milford Mill 0-0 (Baltimore, MD)

#19 Springbrook 2-0 (Silver Spring, MD)

#20 Wise 2-0 (Upper Marlboro, MD)

#21 Bullis 4-0 (Potomac, MD)

#22 St. Johns 3-1 (Washington, DC)

#23 Landon 2-2 (Bethesda, MD)

#24 Lake Clifton 2-0 (Baltimore, MD)

#25 Gwynn Park 2-0 (Brandywine, MD) 

Saturday, December 10
Gwynn Park finishes with a flourish 88-63
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Gwynn Park finishes with a flourish

Forestville Military Academy’s fans and players might have preferred if it went in.

Gwynn Park center Marcel Boyd, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound senior, left his feet midway through the lane, grabbed the missed layup in mid-air with his baseball-mitt sized hands and thundered the ball through the hoop for an emphatic dunk.

The gym at Gwynn Park was packed, but in that instant every seat was vacant. Rattled by the boisterous crowd and a mountain of momentum piling up against it, Forestville fell apart in the final 3 minutes, 30 seconds of the game and lost 88-63 to the Yellow Jackets.

“It’s definitely exciting and it gets the crowd going,” said Boyd, a Howard University recruit who said he was able to dunk for the first time as a freshman. “That’s what I love about it, getting everybody going like that.”

Boyd did more than excite the crowd. His 6-9 frame and impossibly long wingspan frustrated Forestville players throughout the game. And it was just because of his dunking. Every time the Knights managed to slip past Gwynn Park’s first line of defense, they faced Boyd in the lane, who would alter their shots or send them right back where they came from. The senior center finished with five blocks to go with 20 points and 15 rebounds.

“This was Marcel’s biggest game of the season,” said Gwynn Park coach Mike Glick. “He made a humongous difference. He played smart while with fouls ... today our size advantage was huge.”

A woefully undersized but scrappy Forestville squad trailed from the outset of the game. It took more than five minutes for the Knights to score their first points, but by then they were already trailing by 12. Five Gwynn Park players scored in the first quarter as the Yellow Jackets jumped out to a comfortable 21-5 lead.

“A start like that totally alters the game,” Glick said. “This is the second game in a row we have been able to do that and it made a big difference.”

But Forestville standout guard Juwan Cole didn’t let the Yellow Jackets run away with it. The senior dropped in 10 of his 24 points in the second quarter, getting to the free throw line 11 times and connecting on eight foul shots in the second period.

“We tried to get the ball out of his hands tonight,” Glick said. “If Cole isn’t the best player in the league he’s absolutely one of the top three or four.”

Cole helped bring the Knights back to within 10 points of Gwynn Park with 6:46 remaining in the game. But hot shooting by Jalen Harris and gritty inside play by Boyd helped the Yellow Jackets maintain control. Harris finished 18 points after scoring 25 in the Yellow Jackets’ 67-62 win against Surrattsville on Tuesday. Gwynn Park ended the game on a 25-10 run.

The Yellow Jackets lost in last year’s 2A state semifinals at the University of Maryland’s Comcast Center. Then they lost most of last year’s varsity team to graduation. But their motivation this winter is clear.

“I’ll be any kind of player we need,” said Boyd after the game. “I’m just going to do whatever it takes to get back to Comcast.”

Gwynn Park 88, Forestville 63

Forestville 5 21 22 15 — 63

Gwynn Park 21 17 22 28 — 88

Gwynn Park (2-0): Marcel Boyd 20; Jalen Harris 18; Jarvis Hawkins 12; Xavier Richards 11; Trevor Ford 3; Terry Martin 2; Ackhel Bazil 2

Forestville (0-2): Juwan Cole 24; Clarence Johnson 19; Joseph Jackson 6; Terrell Strokes 6; Randell Nelson 4; Raymond Cooper 4

Thursday, December 1
3A/2A/1A PG League Preview: Largo 1st, Gwynn Park 2nd, Friendly 3rd

2. Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets

COACH: Michael Glick


OUTLOOK: After reaching the 2A state semifinals last season, Gwynn Park heads into 2011-12 needing to replace all five of its starters. Six-foot-9 Howard University recruit Marcel Boyd (3.8 points per game) and 6-4 senior Jarvis Hawkins (4.4 ppg) are the only two returning players who logged significant minutes last season, and both must make up for the loss of leading scorer Brandon Ford (17.3 ppg), a Gazette-Star All-County first team selection who is now a freshman at Howard. Junior shooting guard Jalen Harris averaged 21 points per game at the junior varsity level, and coach Michael Glick said he expects Harris to emerge as a go-to player. With so much inexperience, the Yellow Jackets will be tested with a difficult out-of-conference schedule. Glick called this year's squad his “closest-knit” team since 2008. “We'll have a great deal of size, but no superstars,” Glick said. “We're very strong on offensive and defensive rebounding and we'll be a balanced team.”

— Nick Cammarota

Wednesday, October 12
Gwynn Park senior bound for Howard

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Gwynn Park senior bound for Howard

Three years ago, Marcel Boyd was an exceptionally tall junior varsity football player, and his coaches at Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine knew the 6-foot-5 ninth-grader was out of place.

“My coaches were, like, ‘we got to get you on the basketball team,’” Boyd said.

As a sophomore, Boyd played organized basketball for the first time. Now standing 6-9 in his senior year, Boyd recently gave a verbal commitment to accept a basketball scholarship at Howard University.

“Basically it came down to me and my family sitting down and discussing it, and I really wanted to get my college decision out of the way so I could focus on the season,” Boyd said. “It also came down to Howard because [2011 Gwynn Park graduate] Brandon Ford is on the team, and that’s a person I know. Also Howard is not too far from home and my parents can come to all of my games. The education offered there is also top-tier.”

Boyd also drew interest from Robert Morris University, Mount Saint Mary’s and St. Francis.

“It’s perfect for him,” said Gwynn Park coach Mike Glick. “It is the classic win-win position. First of all, Howard is getting a kid who’s going to end up being much better than his level. When Marcel is 20, 21 years old people are going to say that was a great recruit. They’re getting a kid with tremendous upside that does not have to step in and win right away.”

Boyd now turns his attention to preparing for his senior season. He will play a key role for the Yellow Jackets, who are the 2A South Region title the past two years. Last season, Boyd averaged 7 points, 6.5 rebounds and a team-high 2.5 blocked shots per game.

Glick said Boyd’s progress from novice to an NCAA Division I scholarship in three years is impressive.

“I think Marcel has made remarkable improvement since I first got him, and all the credit goes to him and his work ethic and the hard work he put in,” Glick said. “I think Gwynn Park was an ideal situation for him because gave an opportunity to play a lot and learn from his mistakes. Playing on good teams really helped him where he didn’t have to shoulder the load.”

Boyd has spent a lot of time playing the past two summers with club teams, which he said has helped him immensely.

“I’ve been working on my footwork and all of that stuff for two years now,” Boyd said. “I played with Team Takeover my sophomore year. They helped me tremendously with my footwork. They played so many games. Then I joined Dynamic Disciples and they helped me tremendously with my coordination.”

Boyd’s conditioning has improved massively over the years, Glick said.

“Athletically, his stamina has gotten much better. Strength and coordination is much better,” he said. “In his first year, he played weak physically. He’s gotten some offensive moves where he can score consistently with a turnaround jumper and jump hook.”

In Glick’s six seasons at Gwynn Park, Boyd is the fourth Division I college player the Yellow Jackets have produced: Sean Thomas (Morgan State), Harold Washington (Canisius) and Ford (Howard).

“I’m just blessed to get the opportunity to play high school basketball and get a scholarship to a good school,” Boyd said.

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Thursday, September 29
Gwynn Park's 6'9 Marcel Boyd commits to Howard

Gwynn Park's 6'9 Marcel Boyd commits to Howard

Published on: Thursday, September 29, 2011

By Brandy L. Simms

Gwynn Park 6-foot-9 senior Marcel Boyd has verbally committed to play college basketball at Howard, opting for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference school over Robert Morris, according to Yellow Jackets head coach Mike Glick.

“I think Howard is a great place for him,” said Glick, who noted the Bison are getting an athletic player with tremendous upside. “Howard is a great choice for him.”

As a junior, Boyd averaged 5.5 points, six rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in guiding the Brandywine school to a 17-9 record, including a Maryland 2A state semifinal appearance.

Boyd will join former high school teammate and current Howard freshman Brandon Ford at the Washington, D.C. school.

The Bison also boast Prince George’s County products and freshmen players Prince Okoroh (Eleanor Roosevelt) and Brandon Bailey (Largo).

Boyd is among the county’s first players in the 2012 class to verbally commit to college. DeMatha seniors James Robinson (Pittsburgh) and Jerami Grant (Syracuse) have also made oral commitments to Division I college programs.

Gwynn Park lost all five starters to graduation but return seven seniors this year including Boyd and 6-foot-11, 270-pound center Kevin Walters.

“We’ve got a very good senior class,” Glick said.

Wednesday, July 6
Gwynn Park’s summer season ends
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Gwynn Park’s summer season ends

Tuesday evening in the quarterfinal round of the Falconers’ Summer Basketball League at Riverdale Baptist School in Upper Marlboro, the Yellow Jackets did little to alter that reputation as they fell to Suitland, 29-24.

Gwynn Park (4-5) managed only two points from rising senior Marcel Boyd in a sluggish third quarter. The Yellow Jackets, who dressed only six players for the game, did get 10 points in the game from rising senior Jarvis Hawkins, however. Suitland managed only two points in the third period as well on a layup by Dequan Doyle.

“I thought we played as good game,” Hawkins said. “I know it was tough with only six players. But we stayed with them. It was a good summer. I think we have a lot of good players coming back, and we have some players moving up [from the junior varsity team]. This whole summer league was a good experience. I think we learned a lot about working together. I think we can win the [2A South] region again. I’m confident we can do that again.”

Hawkins scored the Yellow Jackets’ first three points and later added the first four points of the second quarter, which ended with the score tied 10-10. Hawkins had a conventional 3-point play late in the fourth quarter to bring the Yellow Jackets within one at 23-22 with 2 minutes, 19 seconds remaining. But Suitland’s Keyshawn Miller countered with two buckets and Lamont Reed had one as the Rams pulled away in the final 2 minutes to advance to Wednesday’s semifinals against top-seed Riverdale Baptist.

Wednesday’s semifinal games were played after The Gazette went to press. The championship game is scheduled for 8 p.m. today at Riverdale Baptist.

Gwynn Park summer coach Spencer Way commended his undermanned squad for its effort on Tuesday and throughout the summer.

“We were a little sluggish in spots, but when you only have six players that’s going to happen,” Way said. “We tried to slow it down. We just had too many turnovers in key situations late in the game. But overall, I thought it was a good summer for these guys.”

Yellow Jackets’ rising junior Tracey Hudgens spent the previous two seasons with the junior varsity squad, but he expects to be part of the varsity team this coming winter. Hudgens connected on two jumpers in the second quarter, including the team’s only 3-pointer of the night during an 11-3 run that gave the Yellow Jackets their last lead of the game at 15-13 with 2 minutes left in the first half. Those buckets were quickly offset by two jumpers from Miller, which gave the Rams an 18-15 edge at the intermission.

“I think this summer showed me how much harder I have to work,” Hudgens said. “I watched the varsity games last year and they’re a lot better than JV. I have to improve my strength and conditioning, and I need to become more aggressive on the floor. It’s a lot tougher playing with only six players. You don’t get to rest. [Suitland] had some good shooters. I tried to stay with [Miller] but he got away from me a couple of times.”

Wednesday, June 15
Flowers, Gwynn Park basketball teams focused on future
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Flowers, Gwynn Park basketball teams focused on future

Charles H. Flowers High School rising junior Brandon Green said Jaguars’ boys’ basketball coach Billy Lanier rarely mentions his days at Oxon Hill.

“The only time he brings up Oxon Hill is to tell us that he has rings and we don’t,” Green said. “He mentions Oxon Hill to let us know what it takes to win.”

Two years ago, the Jaguars won just four games. Last year, they won 14 and found themselves in the 4A South Region final in their second season under Lanier, who guided Oxon Hill to Class 4A state titles in 2000 and 2003. Lanier’s passion and confidence has rubbed off on his players at Flowers.

“We feed off him and he gets into us and into our heads,” said Green, who averaged 13.5 points per game last season. “That fuels us.”

Despite losing Tuesday night’s Falconers Summer League game to Gwynn Park, 30-23, the Jaguars understand that championships are built piece by piece and by doing all of the little things that helps teams become successful.

“We just have to keep working hard in the weight room, getting better on our own,” said Flowers rising junior Brandon Holloway.

Meanwhile, Gwynn Park was without a formidable presence on Tuesday, as rising senior guard Eric Batts continues to recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee, which he suffered in December. He has faced physical and mental challenges as he rehabilitates.

“It was emotional, especially when I first got the surgery,” Batts said. “Sometimes it felt like I wasn’t going to come back. It’s been real frustrating, especially considering it happened in my junior year, one of the most important years of my high school life. But I have people to push me like my family and my friends. I have great support behind me.”

Batts said he does not expect to be cleared by doctors to resume team activities until August or September.

The Yellow Jackets ended up getting hot at the right time last season, capturing the 2A South Region title before losing in the state semifinals. Batts believes the team’s fortunes may have been different had he been able to play.

“I feel like I brought that toughness to the team,” said Batts, who averaged 7.3 points per game through seven games in December. “I felt that when I went down, they got down a little bit but they got it together and started to win. I think if I would have played, we would have won the state title.”

Gwynn Park coach Mike Glick wants to make sure Batts comes back totally healed.

“I think the most important thing not only for Eric but for anybody is that they’re young and have a lot of career in front of them,” Glick said. “We want him to come back at 100 percent and not too early, and that’s the biggest thing. If he could rejoin us by January and be 100 percent, I would be elated.”

Glick said Batts has almost been like an extra assistant coach while he’s been sidelined, adding that seeing the game from that perspective will make Batts a better player once he’s back on the court.

“We really need his leadership on a team that returns no starters,” Glick said. “He’s had as good an attitude as any player I’ve coach with a major injury. He’s not depressed or down. He’s really been a great leader for our kids.”

Monday, March 14
Final 2010-11 Washington Post Top Poll (GP #13)

Montrose Christian boys finish No. 1 in The Post Top 20

The Post final boys’ rankings have a loaded Montrose Christian team atop the poll. The Mustangs won 22 of 23 games, including wins over national powers Oak Hill and Findlay Prep.

Other candidates for the top spot included Maryland 4A champion North Point (27-0), which enjoyed unprecedented success for a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference team, Interstate Athletic Conference champion Episcopal (25-3) and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and City Title champ DeMatha (26-7).

1. Montrose Christian (22-1) Next: NHSI, Mar. 31-April 2

2. North Point ( 27-0) Maryland 4A champions

3. Episcopal (25-3) IAC champions

4. DeMatha (27-6) WCAC champions; next: Alhambra Invitational,

5. Gonzaga (24-7) WCAC finalists; next: Alhambra Invitational,

6. Friendly (23-4) Maryland 3A semifinalists

7. Landon (19-6) IAC runners-up

8. Magruder (22-4) Maryland 4A semifinalists

9. National Christian (26-5) Closed with nine-game win streak

10. TC Williams (25-6) Va. AAA semifinalists

11. Springbrook (22-3) Maryland 4A West region finalist

12. Potomac Falls (30-1) Va. AA Div. 4 champions

13. Gwynn Park (17-9) Maryland 2A semifinalists

14. Oakland Mills (25-1) Maryland 2A South region finalist

15. Paul VI (21-11) WCAC semifinalists

16. Eleanor Roosevelt (17-9) Maryland 4A semifinalists

17. Theorde Roosevelt (25-6)DCIAA champions

18. Potomac (VA) (23-3) Va. AAA quarterfinalists

19. Middleburg (26-5) VISAA Div. 2 finalists

20. Herndon (23-3) Va. AAA Northern Region semifinalist

Saturday, March 12
Maryland 2A boys basketball: Gwynn Park’s season ends on a sour note in loss to Digital Harbor

Maryland 2A boys basketball: Gwynn Park’s season ends on a sour note in loss to Digital Harbor

By Josh Barr, Saturday, March 12, 1:02 AM

As the final minutes ticked off the clock, there was no sobbing on the sidelines for 13th-ranked Gwynn Park. The game’s outcome had long been decided. Coach Mike Glick donned his black suit jacket well before the postgame handshake, which was interesting only for the unusually high number of tournament officials chaperoning both teams.

The Yellow Jackets fell behind early, then were routed in the second half, losing 75-45 to Digital Harbor of Baltimore in a feisty Maryland 2A semifinal on Friday night at Comcast Center.

Five days after knocking off undefeated Oakland Mills in an emotional regional final, Gwynn Park was unable to muster another big victory. The Yellow Jackets (17-9) trailed 11-6 after one quarter and 29-18 at halftime before things quickly unraveled.

Then, midway through the fourth quarter, Gwynn Park guard Daniel Henry and Digital Harbor guard Kevin Smith engaged in a lengthy staredown under the basket. That was followed by several players on both teams exchanging shoves and menacing looks. Henry and Smith were assessed technical fouls and Gwynn Park was assessed a team technical foul, apparently for having players come off the bench.

The game finished without further incident, though there was plenty of tension.

“I’m not used to it, we’re not used to being in that situation,” Glick said. “We’re usually very resilient and can get back in games. It was a weird feeling. I was glad we kept our composure and were able to shake hands at the end.

“We were thoroughly outplayed in every aspect of the game. It doesn’t detract from our season, but it’s tough to end our season on this note.”

Henry led Gwynn Park with 15 points. But leading scorer Brandon Ford, who entered averaging 18 points, was held to a season-low two as Digital Harbor played a box-and-one defense on him.

“We studied the film on YouTube, that’s all we had,” said Rams Coach Johnnie Grimes, whose team is trying for its second state title in three seasons. “It worked.”

Digital Harbor (15-7) advanced to Saturday’s 6 p.m. final against Easton, which defeated South Carroll, 69-52.

Saturday, March 12
Digital Harbor blows by Gwynn Park in Class 2A state semifinals

Digital Harbor blows by Gwynn Park in Class 2A state semifinals

Three Rams players post double-doubles in 75-45 rout. (VIDEOS COMING)


Cook, Smith, N. Manns

RAMS ON A ROLL: (from left) Daquan Cook, Kevin Smith and Nyme Manns combined for 38 points in the win.



At the start of the season, Digital Harbor’s boys basketball coach Johnnie Grimes knew that he had a collective group of talented players. But with several transfer and first-year players, he also knew that it would take a while for the team to build its chemistry.

After the Rams’ dominating performance in Friday night’s Class 2A state semifinals against Gwynn Park, it’s hard to believe that this squad hasn’t played together for a couple of years.

The Baltimore City school had three players tally double-doubles on its way to a dominating, 75-45, rout over the Yellow Jackets of Prince George’s County at the University of Maryland.

“Right now, they are really, really jelling and they are giving so much of a big effort on the defensive end, especially in rebounding the ball,” Grimes said of his team.

“In the beginning, we knew that we could jell but we started off bad,” junior guard Daquan Cook explained.  “But we knew that we would come together. We practiced hard every day.”

Digital Harbor began the season with a 3-3 mark but slowly started to play as a cohesive unit as the year wore on.  In last Friday’s 2A North Regional championship, the Rams avenged an earyl season loss to Edmondson by stunning the Red Storm, 80-55, to claim the title.

Digital turned in another impressive win at the Comcast Center. Junior Antonio Manns led the way with a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds. Cook filled the stat sheet with 15 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, while Nyme Manns added 15 points and 10 boards.  Senior Kevin Smith contributed eight points.

Daniel Henry had 15 points, while Tion Barnes and Jalen Harris each had 9 for Gwynn Park (17-9).

“I think we came into the season with not much chemistry,” said Antonio Manns. “We had a lot of transfers and then once we got ourselves together, we just started playing together and going hard…We just want to go out and play strong and play together.”

The Rams (15-7) scored the first seven points of the game behind a jumper by Antonio Manns, a layup by Cook and a three-point play from Nyme Manns.  Gwynn Park closed to within 7-4 with 3:33 left in the first quarter but that was the closest the Jackets would get over the remaining 27 minutes.

Digital Harbor pushed the lead to 29-18 at halftime. Ronald Epps (seven points) finished a putback inside, Antonio Manns scored inside and Nyme Manns flushed a one-handed jam in a decisive 13-3 run in the third quarter to open the Rams’ lead to 44-26 midway through the period.

Ahead by 21 points entering the fourth quarter, Digital Harbor finished off Gwynn Park with an 11-0 run to push their advantage to 32 points.

The Rams dominated in every phase of the game.  They out-rebounded the taller Yellow Jackets, 49-29, including grabbing 14 offensive boards.  Digital Harbor was quicker to loose balls and played unselfishly.  Of the 29 field goals that they scored, 15 of those buckets were assisted.

“On this night, we got beat by a better team. I thought Digital Harbor played great,” said Gwynn Park coach Mike Glick. “They had an excellent game plan…In this game we were thoroughly outplayed in every aspect of the game.”

The Rams will face Easton, a 69-52 winner over South Carroll on Friday, in the Class 2A state championship tomorrow, Saturday, at 5 p.m.  Digital Harbor is looking for its second state crown in three years after winning the Class 1A title in 2009.

No. 8 Digital Harbor 75, Gwynn Park 45
  1 2 3 4 F
Digital Harbor 11 18 24 22 75
Gwynn Park 6 12 14 13 45
Digital Harbor:
Cook 15, K. Smith 8, Epps 7, N. Manns 15, A. Manns 16, Williams 2, Shango 2, Barnes 7, Conyers 2, D. Smith 1. Totals 29 20-31 75.
Gwynn Park:
Hall 1, Ford 2, Walton 2, Henry 15, Barnes 9, Hawkins 6, Harris 9, Grant 1.Totals 18 13-19

Saturday, March 12
Digital Harbor boys cruise to Class 2A state final

10:16 p.m. EST, March 11, 2011

Mid-November through the month or so that followed — a time when the Digital Harbor boys basketball team was more like an uneven collection of individual talent — is now a distant memory.

No more struggling to identify roles. No more having one player or the next trying to do too much. No more losses.

The surging Rams, who started the season with a 2-4 mark, have turned the corner and then some.

Taking turns stepping up on offense, rebounding at both ends and playing solid team defense, the No. 6 Rams proved too tough to handle for Gwynn Park in the Class 2A state semifinals, coming away with a dominating 75-45 win over the Yellow Jackets from Prince George's County Friday night at Comcast Center.

A state champion in Class 1A in 2009, Digital Harbor (15-7) will try to add a 2A crown when it returns to Comcast Center on Saturday to meet the South Carroll-Easton winner. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

Antonio Manns (16 points, 11 rebounds), Nyme Manns (15, 11) and Daquan Cook (15, 10) — all junior transfers — registered double doubles as Digital Harbor shot 50 percent from the field and outrebounded the Yellow Jackets (17-9), 49-29.

"I think we came into the season with not much chemistry — we had a lot of transfers — and then once we got ourselves together, we just started playing together and going hard. We just want o go out and play strong and play together," said Antonio Manns.

That was certainly the case in Friday's stunning win over Gwynn Park, which lost to City in last year's title game but was banking on that experience pulling them through this year.

The Rams led 29-18 at the half and methodically pulled away in the third quarter. Five different players scored in the pivotal quarter — Cook leading the way with eight — as the Rams took a 53-32 lead into the final quarter.

Senior point guard Kevin Smith, who scored eight points and took care of the basketball, isn't surprised the team is one win away from a state title.

"Yeah, that was our goal from the beginning — to get to where we are today. We had a setback with the losses, but we still had our goal," said Smith, who transferred from Huntington Prep in West Virginia. "We just started over at practice, started from the basics and worked our way up. It's paying off."

After a tough 68-65 loss to No. 4 Dunbar to end their regular season, the Rams hit their stride in the tough Class 2A North region, grinding out a 72-70 road win at Lake Clifton in an early-round game before avenging an 83-66 loss against Edmondson with an 80-55 statement performance for the regional crown.

DH – A. Manns 16, Cook 15, N. Manns 15, Epps 7, K. Smith 8, Barnes 7, Shango 2, Williams 2, Conyers 2, D. Smith 1. Totals: 25 20-31 75.

GP – Henry 11, Barnes 9, Harris 9, Ford 6, Hall 1, Walton 2, Hawkins 6, Grant 1. Totals: 14 13-19 45.

Half: DH, 29-18

Saturday, March 12
Gwynn Park falls to Digital Harbor in 2A semifinal
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