The PYBL summer season is heating up as Washington D.C. and Southern Maryland pulled out single-digit victories. As teams get used to playing together, the theme of "No Easy Summer" is beginning to take shape.
The Southern Maryland Cardinals got back to their winning ways with a 60-56 victory over the Anne Arundel Wildcats. The Cardinals won despite another big game from center Amani Hansberry. Hansberry put up 23 points and 15 rebounds on 10-of17 shooting from the floor.
James Lerner was the unsung hero for the Cardinals, draining six 3-pointers to the tune of 18 points. Southern Maryland and Anne Arundel battled back and forth all game long, with the Wildcats leading 22-19 at halftime.
It took a barrage of 3-pointers late by Lerner for Southern Maryland to retake the lead but in the end, they held on for the victory. Point guard Malik Mack had 17 points and four assists for the Cardinals as well.
The Washington D.C. Bulldogs held off a late rally by the Loudoun Eagles to hold onto a 71-66 victory. The Eagles were feeling the confidence from their last victory, even without forward Alex Bokman.
They outscored D.C. 31-17 in the fourth quarter, but in the end, it wasn't enough. Loudoun was led by another big performance from Kelly Okoroh and Jackson Pugh. Okoroh finish with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Pugh put up 18 points and 10 assists.
For the Bulldogs, Jeremiah Quigley and Jaden Winston led the way with 16 points apiece. Quigley also had 13 rebounds and six assists.
Washington D.C. used a defensive-stifling second quarter to create a big lead in the early going. They outscored Loudoun 17-9 in the frame to gain a 33-23 lead at halftime. After three quarters, the Bulldogs led 54-35 before Loudoun rallied back in the fourth.