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.)
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.