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Season ends in 2A South final at Gwynn Park for Westlake boys basketball By AJ MASON email@example.com Updated Mar 5, 2016 BRANDYWINE – Each of the past two seasons the Westlake boys basketball program had captured regional championships in the Class 3A South en route to two straight state final appearances. Despite a whole new starting lineup this season, the Wolverines found themselves back in the regional championship game, this time in the 2A South bracket on Friday night at Gwynn Park of Prince George's County. However, Westlake's playoff run came to an abrupt end at the hands of the Yellow Jackets, who used a balanced offensive attack and aggressive defense en route to a 79-69 victory in front of a packed home crowd. Gwynn Park (24-2 overall), which came off a 68-65 comeback victory over county foe Douglass two nights prior, punched its ticket to the 2A state tournament March 11 where it will take on Baltimore County's New Town. “First off, all our league in the county prepared us for this moment,” said Gwynn Park head coach Mike Glick, whose lone losses were to county opponents Douglass and Largo. “So we've been through every case scenario possible. We are the definition of a team and our kids believed and a different player steps up tonight.” Gwynn Park had four players in double figures as junior guard Justin Faison led all scorers with 27 points, scoring 18 in the second half. Senior guard Marlon White finished with 18 points, scoring 14 points in the first half. Seniors Isaiah Miles and Kollin Mitchell finished with 13 and 10 points, respectively, in the victory. “When [Westlake] went up one point in the third quarter, coach just told me to take over just like the Douglass game,” Faison said. “He believes in me to take over at the point guard position, so that is what I did. This is my first time on varsity this year and I'm already going to a state tournament. I will never forget this moment.” Trailing 39-31 at halftime, Westlake gave the Yellow Jackets all it could handle, starting the third quarter on a 14-5 run to go up 46-45 with 4 minutes 50 seconds left. However, Gwynn Park delivered with a run of its own, outscoring the Wolverines 12-1 to take a 58-46 lead with two minutes left, forcing several Westlake turnovers that led to easy baskets in transition. Gwynn Park went on to take a 62-52 lead entering the fourth quarter. In the final period, the Yellow Jackets went up by as many as 16 points to pull away. Junior guard Everett Mouton collected a team-high 18 points to lead Westlake. After Mouton hit one of his six threes to bring the Wolverines to within 41-39 with six minutes to go in the third, Glick and the Yellow Jackets went to a box-and-one defense to slow down the sharpshooting Mouton. “I think what it did was get him [Mouton] out of the flow of the offense,” Glick said. “We knew he was the primary scorer and we got him out of the game in terms of good looks.” Westlake was also led by juniors Amir Lawrence with 17 points and Jeff Simmons with 15 in the losing effort. On the difference in the game, head coach Edward Mouton Sr. said, “We got stagnant on offense and got cold in the third and fourth quarter and couldn't get the ball in the basket. “[Gwynn Park] got a lot of leak-outs and easy baskets. Once they went box-and-one on Everett and didn't let him see the ball that was the difference.” Gwynn Park jumped out to a 15-4 lead in the first quarter, but Westlake went on a 10-0 run to come to within one point entering the second. The Wolverines finished with a 19-5 record on the season. Westlake senior forward Jamal Murphy blocks a shot attempt by Gwynn Park senior guard Aaron Parker in Friday night's Class 2A South Region championship game at Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine. Gwynn Park won the contest 79-69. Gwynn Park junior guard Justin Faison is trapped in the corner by Westlake's Amir Lawrence, left, and Everett Mouton in Friday night's Class 2A South Region championship game at Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine. Gwynn Park won the contest 79-69 Westlake junior forward Amir Lawrence drives to the basket as Gwynn Park's Kollin Mitchell trails from behind in Friday night's Class 2A South Region championship game at Gwynn Park in Brandywine. Gwynn Park won the contest 79-69.
No. 10 Gwynn Park pulls away from Westlake, wins 2A South By Mark Giannotto March 4 at 11:24 PM ? The celebration was on in Brandywine, and Gwynn Park junior Justin Faison stood to the side watching his teammates line up to cut down the nets when the reason why this was all happening came to him. The Yellow Jackets are “the definition of a team,” Coach Mike Glick would say later, with a roster full of potential leading scorers who don’t actually care who scores the most in any given game. Such was the case again as No. 10 Gwynn Park pulled away from Westlake after halftime for a 79-69 win in the Maryland 2A South region boys’ basketball final Friday night. The Yellow Jackets simply had too many options, and it’s why they’re headed back to the Maryland 2A state semifinals for the first time since 2011. They will face New Town, which won the Maryland 2A North region title, next Friday at the University of Maryland’s Xfinity Center. “It’s just a blessing to have this many great players with me,” Faison said. The contributors in this latest triumph varied from quarter to quarter. First came a 10-point barrage by forward Isaiah Miles as Gwynn Park (24-2) built an early double-digit lead. Senior guard Marlon White followed with his own second-quarter flurry, scoring 11 of his 18 points in a matter of minutes to keep the Yellow Jackets ahead going into halftime. Behind a strong second half, the No. 10 Yellow Jackets defeated the Wolverines 79-69 to take the Maryland 2A South region title (Video by Matt Kelliebrew for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post) Faison (27 points) then applied the finishing touches, attacking the basket at will once junior Everett Mouton got Westlake (20-5) to within one point by nailing consecutive three-pointers to start the second half. By the time Gwynn Park was done, it had broke open the game with a 12-1 run and eventually widened the lead to 74-55 in the fourth quarter. “They came out and tried to give it their best shot, and we had to let them know it wasn’t happening,” White said. “I love this team so much. We have so much diversity. It’s like every game it’s everybody’s game at the same time.” A strategic defensive change by Glick also helped. He turned to the same box-and-one defense that worked so well in crunch time when the Yellow Jackets beat No. 7 Douglass on Wednesday to slow down Mouton (15 points). More than anything, though, they were just a group of veterans who took their lumps in previous seasons and came out more resilient this winter as a result. And they did it all together. “I don’t think anybody had us winning this region at the beginning of the year, and you know what,” Glick said. “We believed in ourselves.” ? HUNTINGTOWN 52, MAGRUDER 46: The Hurricanes are headed to the state semifinals for the first time after coming from behind in the fourth quarter to beat the Colonels during a back-and-forth 3A South final in Calvert County. Point guard Brandon Easton (16 points) put Huntingtown up for good with less than two minutes remaining in regulation.
Gwynn Park boys move on to state semis 05 Mar 2016 Written by Sean Farrell, Photo by Michael Smith GwynnPark JustinFaison2BRANDYWINE – The Gwynn Park boys’ basketball team just keeps buzzing along. The Yellow Jackets stung yet another opponent and made a statement by moving into the final four of the MPSSAA 2A state playoffs with their victory over Westlake 79-69. Justin Faison led the way for Gwynn Park by scoring 27 points and was a stinger in Westlake's side for the entire second half. He scored 18 of his 27 points in the final 16 minutes, including 10 free throws. But the win wasn't entirely easy. The game started off close with Gwynn Park holding a 15-14 lead after the first. Isaiah Miles scored eight points in the opening quarter before getting into foul trouble. That allowed Westlake to stay in the game, along with a Stephen Curry-like buzzer beater by Jeff Simmons. The second quarter was when both teams needed a player to step up. Fortunately for Gwynn Park that player was Marlon White. White erupted for 14 second quarter points and helped his team take a 39-31 lead into the break. “Basically I only needed one shot to hit for me to really gain my confidence. Once that first shot went in, my teammates kept giving me confidence and told me ‘keep shooting it, keep shooting it.’ And when I got it I shot the ball with confidence and they started dropping,” White said. The second half was when Faison took over. He made a living at the free throw line by blowing by defenders off the dribble and constantly drawing contact on his way to the rim. “Whenever a person on our team is going off, coach always says that means someone else is going to go off in the next quarter,” Faison said. “Marlon was going off in the first half and I guess the second half was mine, so we kept attacking. “After the Roosevelt game everyone said my shot wasn’t falling, so I got back in the gym and kept working and the practice paid off tonight. I used to have troubles shooting free throws, but my three ball was good. So tonight I buckled down and made sure both of them are knocked down.” The score was 62-52 in favor of Gwynn Park heading into the final quarter and the Yellow Jackets were determined to put the game away. CJ Miller was once again the hero defensively and, like many games this season, took away the opponent's top scorer while adding six points of his own. “I think CJ Miller did a phenomenal job on [Everett] Mouton and that just has to be mentioned. His defense was impeccable,” Gwynn Park Head Coach Mike Glick said. “Our league prepared us for this. The trials and tribulations and battles we have in our league prepared us for this moment. No tougher league. Nobody’s had a tougher road to get here than us.” Gwynn Park is now only two wins away from a state championship and will play Friday at the Xfinity Center in College Park. “All weekend we’re going to celebrate, but starting Monday we’re back in there to get our state championship that we all want,” Faison said. Last modified onSaturday, 05 March 2016 05:23
Gwynn Park Rallies Past Douglass Gwynn Park Eliminates Douglass In 2A Playoffs - DMVelite.com Video of Gwynn Park Eliminates Douglass In 2A Playoffs - DMVelite.com Highlights from Gwynn Park's 68-65 comeback win over Douglass in the Maryland 2A South semifinals on March 2, 2016. Includes interviews with Gwynn Park's Marlon White, Isaiah Miles and Justin Faison.