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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

# 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.

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.

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GP uses 2-3 to repel Douglass 72-67

Posted by Michael Glick at Jan 12, 2016 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )

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

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.”