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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

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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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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.”

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