UPPER MARLBORO, MD - The area’s largest season-opening event took place last weekend, as 18 teams took part in the 5th Annual DMVelite Buffalo Wild Wings Tip-Off Classic at Largo High School.
The event attracted area media and several college coaches, including Maryland head man Mark Turgeon. Also represented were George Mason, George Washington, Towson, Texas A&M Corpus-Christi, Delaware State, Lebanon Valley and Eastern Mennonite.
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NATIONAL COLLEGIATE 71, LARGO 68 | BOX SCORE
The event’s first game came down to the final shot, with National Collegiate surviving a 3-point attempt at the buzzer to hold off the host Lions.
Largo overcame a 16-point halftime deficit to take a 58-57 lead on an Isaiah Boggs bucket with 5:16 remaining. National Collegiate used a clutch 3-pointer by Andre Ross and a pair of Quentin Michaels free throws to take the lead, and hold on for the win.
2016 guard Mike Barnett, Jr. led the Panthers with 21 points - 16 of which came in the first half – while Adnan Hussein hit four 3-pointers en route to 18 points and Aaron McCullough finished with 10.
Boggs led all scorers with 28 points and 15 rebounds, while John Nwokoro had 14 and Victor Littles 11.
DOUGLASS-PG 58, POLY 42 | BOX SCORE
Douglass used a dominant start and finish to pick up an impressive win over Poly in an intriguing Maryland public school matchup.
Douglass jumped out to a 19-7 lead after one quarter, and outscored Poly 21-7 in the fourth to close the game out. Poly actually outscored Douglass in the second and third quarters, 28-18.
Ross Allen scored a game-high 18 points off the bench – going 4-of-5 from 3-point range – to lead the Eagles, while Demarius Pitts had 14 and Cam Hayes had 12.
“I started to feel myself and I got warm,” Allen said of his hot shooting night. “Down the stretch I just got my rythm and started knocking down shots.”
Poly briefly took the lead on a Jordan Jones bucket late in the third quarter, but Hayes answered with a jumper that put Douglass ahead for good.
“The fast start was important,” Hayes said. “Poly is a really good team; they’re strong, athletic and they can do a lot. It was important, because if we started out slow they would have beat us.”
Poly's De’vondre Perry had 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Deshaun Mosley had 12.
CH FLOWERS 57, SOUTHERN 41 | BOX SCORE
Elliot Brown had 19 points and 9 rebounds and Kyree Freeman chipped in 11 points for Flowers, which never trailed in a PG vs. Arundel County matchup.
Brown was remarkably efficient, going 6-of-7 from the field to pace the Jaguars attack. Flowers shot 51.2 percent from the field as a team while holding Southern to just 31.8 percent shooting, and outscored the Bulldogs 36-12 in the paint.
Brandon Horvath finished with 13 points to lead the Bulldogs, while Curtis Holland added 9.
WISE 57, MILLER SCHOOL 48| BOX SCORE
The Pumas – considered by many to be the favorites for the Maryland 4A state title – opened the season in impressive fashion against the Mavericks.
Michael Speight went for 26 points (8-of-12 from the field and 4-of-6 on 3-pointers) while Darron Barnes had 18 to lead Wise.
“I think we did a great job on the defensive end boxing out those two bigs (Tyler Creammer and Dajour Dickens) they had, and keeping them off the glass,” Barnes said. “We executed well, got the ball to where it needed to be, and we just had energy all game and that really helped us.”
Added Speight: “We came out strong on the defensive end. Coach told us to pressure them. We wanted to see if they could handle pressure and it seemed like they couldn’t at the beginning so we just kept the pressure on throughout the whole game and came out with a ‘W.’”
Chance Sheffey had 18 points to lead Miller School.
NATIONAL CHRISTIAN 70, BOWIE 63 | BOX SCORE
Led by their pair of Division I-bound senior guards, National Christian held off Bowie late in Saturday’s marquee matchup.
Mohammed Kabir (The Citadel) had 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Christian Matthews (Georgia Tech) added 16 points and 11 boards.
[The key was] just toughing it out at the end,” Matthews said. “All PG County schools don’t get a chance to play teams like us, so they’re going to come out with a little bit more grit, a little more fight. We need to play above the level of our competition, adn that’s what we did toward the three-minute mark of the fourth quarter and we pulled it out.”
Quinton Drayton scored 17 points to lead the Bulldogs, while Corey Clemons added 11 and AJ Barnes 9.
THURGOOD MARSHALL 83, CRISTO REY JESUIT 42 | BOX SCORE
The Warriors used their pressure defense to seize control early and never looked back, cruising to victory in Sunday’s opener.
2016 guard Desmond Rene poured in a game-high 28 points for Thurgood Marshall, which led 30-6 after one quarter. The Warriors forced 26 turnovers and converted them into 42 points.
“We concentrate mostly on defense,” Rene said, “and I like to put pressure on each guard because I’m small so I have to be, like, a bug to everybody. We got a lot of steals off the defense and that led to easy buckets.”
Joining Rene in double figures for the Warriors were Lonnie Gordon (14) and Anwar Henson (12).
Jakai Evans led the Hornets with 12 points, while Terry Curry added 10.
CESAR CHAVEZ 62, CAPITOL CHRISTIAN 57 | BOX SCORE
2017 guards Jacob Long and Keleaf Tate came up big down the stretch as Chavez held off a furious Capitol Christian rally.
Long finished with 22 points while Tate had 17, the final two of which came after he stole an inbounds pass and laid it in to seal the victory.
Darryl Smith scored 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting (4-of-6 from deep) to lead the Warriors, who rebounded from a 13-point first quarter. The teams exchanged the lead several times down the stretch. Smith hit a 3 with 57.3 seconds to go to put Capitol Christian up by one, but Tate and Long each hit a pair of free throws to put Chavez back ahead.
Kobby Ayetey had 12 points and 8 rebounds for the Warriors.
PROMINENCE ACADEMY 83, COOLIDGE 81 (OT) | BOX SCORE
In perhaps the most exciting game of the weekend, Prominence Academy guard Charles Norman hit a 3 at the buzzer to force overtime, and free throw shooting proved the difference in the extra period.
Trailing by one in overtime, the Colts missed a pair of free throws and had to foul, and Prominence’s Jahlil Rawley made one of two shots to create the final margin.
Prominence jumped out to a 15-point lead in the first quarter, but Coolidge battled back behind BJ Hill and Sean Dotson. Hill finished with 25 points, while Dotson had 19 and Khalil Jeter 10.
Rawley scored 14 to lead Prominence, while Malik Sanders had 14, BJ Pittman 14 and Norman and Kristupas Totoris 11 apiece.
HD WOODSON 75, TAKOMA ACADEMY 41 | BOX SCORE
The defending DCIAA champions improved to 4-0 with an impressive victory that showcased their impressive collection of talent.
The Warriors only dressed seven players due to missing players for football, but had five score in double figures. Derquan Washington led the way with 18 points, Kiyon Boyd had 15, Antwan Walker and Kavon Montgomery 12 apiece and Tamontae Chambliss 11.
Washington went 6-of-10 from 3-point range for Woodson, which shot 63.4 percent (26-of-41) from the field overall.
Ethan Murphy and Christian Flaherty had 12 points apiece for the Tigers.