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Eleanor Roosevelt boys, Forestville girls claim Prince George’s County basketball titles

The Raiders, with the assistance of Victor Okafor, defeated the Yellow Jackets, claiming the Prince George’s County championship. (Video by Brandon Martin for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)
February 24 at 11:11 PM

Fresh off his team’s first loss in two months and with the Prince George’s County boys’ basketball championship up for grabs, Eleanor Roosevelt’s Naji Marshall had to suppress much of his eagerness entering Wednesday’s matchup

The Raiders’ opponent, No. 7 Gwynn Park, has built a reputation for limiting the other team’s top player, a notion that Marshall was well aware of as he went scoreless for the game’s first 15 minutes. But the senior didn’t sulk or press the issue. Instead, he simply waited until just before halftime, when the right moment arose.

Spotting an opening in the lane, Marshall sliced through it and converted a floater that led to nine consecutive points and put the No. 6 Raiders on track for a 72-63 win at Wise in Upper Marlboro. The victory marked Eleanor Roosevelt’s second straight county title and fourth in five years.

“I just didn’t try to force the issue,” said Marshall, who finished with 17 points. “I seen the openings and tried to take what they gave me.”

Marshall’s teammates followed his lead and found their rhythm. After the Yellow Jackets scored the game’s first five points, the Raiders quickly responded, led by Trent Bishop (17 points) and his ability to assert himself in the paint and on the offensive glass during a 9-0 run.

The Raiders (19-3) would never trail again, using their methodical play and rebounding advantage to rack up 15 second-chance points while slowly building upon their lead.

“All of our big guys played really well. . . and second-chance points is always an emphasis of ours,” Raiders Coach Brendan O’Connell said. “Naji just had a great all-around game. He went a while without getting any touches, but he stayed patient and got some tough baskets against a tough team.”

After a soaring layup by Marshall gave the Raiders a 13-point lead early in the fourth quarter, the Yellow Jackets (21-2) threatened to rally by pushing the tempo. But their chances were quickly stifled when Bishop connected with Victor Okafor for an alley-oop, sealing the Raiders’s 19th win in their last 20 games.

No. 2 Eleanor Roosevelt downs No. 5 Gwynn Park to take PG County boys hoops crown

UPPER MARLBORO – Coming off their first loss in over two months, and first loss of the entire year to a public school basketball team, Eleanor Roosevelt had to take a back seat and absorb the short term adversity that quickly swirled around the program.

Even though setbacks rarely stumbled across the Raiders this season, chewing and spitting out almost every public school team in their path, they knew dwelling on a disappointing loss to an intra-regional opponent would sap state championship aspirations and potentially plague a landmark season.

So, just 48 hours later, No. 2 Eleanor Roosevelt (20-3) had to get back up quickly as they would face No. 5 Gywnn Park in the PG County Championship. The Raiders suppressed all negative vibes from Monday night’s loss to Bowie, downing the Yellow Jackets 72-63 for their fourth county title in five years.

“I’m happy with how our guys responded because that was a tough loss on Monday,” Eleanor Roosevelt head coach Brenden O’Connell said. “I thought our guys were ready to go tonight … they played hard.”

All season long, Gwynn Park has had the Kryptonite handy when attempting to shutdown the opponents top offensive threat. For Naji Marshall, the Raiders most heralded asset, he was well aware and prepared for what may take place on Wednesday.

And when 15 minutes ticked off the clock, with Marshall yet to register a single point minutes before halftime, he took a few breaths to realize it’s just another night of basketball.

Instead of fretting, he patiently waited. Sure enough, a seam in the lane opened and Marshall exploded to the rim, finishing with a soft floater off the glass that would lead to nine straight points to conclude the final 2:30 of the first half.

Marshall’s nine-point binge to round out the second quarter gave his Raiders team a 34-28 halftime lead.

“I just didn’t try and force the issue,” Marshall said, who finished with 17 points. “I saw the openings, and tried to take what (Gwynn Park) gave me.”

Marshall, a 6-foot-6 towering guard that has numerous of Division-1 offers with Rutgers and Virginia Tech among them, does everything and anything a standout player would do. From his dynamic offensive ability, to disrupting presence on the defensive end, and occasionally making the garbage play, Marshall is there to assert himself in the climax of a contest.

“That’s why he’s so good,” O’Connell said of Marshall. “He does everything.”

After Gwynn Park jumped out to an early 7-2 lead 3:55 into the first, Eleanor Roosevelt responded with a 9-0 run sparked by Trent Bishop (17 points) and his ability to pound the offensive glass.

The Raiders would captivate a stellar regular season, never trailing again by taking a firm threshold with their overwhelming size (11 players 6’3″ or taller and four 6’6″ or taller), blocking numerous of shots around the rim and generating 15 second chance points.

“That’s what we emphasize,” O’Connell said. “If we keep doing that, we’ll be in good shape.”

Gwynn Park (20-2) would get no closer than three points after Aaron Parker (17 points) rattled off seven quick points to start the second half.

The Raiders shot 47.5% from the floor on 29/61 shooting while the Yellow Jackets shot 42.6% on 23/54 shooting.

When it was all said and done, Monday night’s loss to a potential playoff opponent faded rather quickly and was replaced with a side of perspective.

“Tonight’s a different kind of game, obviously we wanted to win, but if we lose, it’s not like our season is over,” O’Connell said of the county championship. “Monday put things in perspective for us, that we have bigger goals to accomplish.”

MSA Top-25 boys basketball end of regular season rankings: Feb 23rd – Feb 27th

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. Dr. Henry A. Wise Pumas (2) – 99 points (15-3) LW: 2 (+1)

County: Prince George’s, 4A

Last week: WIN, Bladensburg by 7; WIN, Northwestern by 25

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, No. 24 Bowie by 3, Laurel by 41, No. 16 C.H. Flowers by 14, Bladensburg by 7, Northwestern by 25

Losses: DeMatha by 13, No. 1 Eleanor Roosevelt by 2, Riverdale Baptist by 2

2. Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders (1) – 99 points (19-3) LW: 1 (-1)

County: Prince George’s, 4A

Last week: WIN, Parkdale by 40; LOSS, No. 25 Bowie by 3

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, High Point by 45, Laurel by 30, Bladensburg by 7, Parkdale by 40

Losses: DeMatha by 22, Bishop McNamara by 5, No. 25 Bowie by 3

3. Douglass Eagles – 97 points (17-1) LW: 3

County: Prince George’s, 2A

Last week: WIN, Forestville by 19; WIN, CMIT by 73

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, Croom by 76, No. 22 Crossland by 22, Surrattsville by 26, Central by 23, Tall Oaks by 56, CMIT by 73

Losses: No. 2 Gwynn Park by 5

4. New Town Titans (1) – 90 points (17-2) LW: 4

County: Baltimore, 2A

Last week: WIN, Pikesville by 37; WIN, Parkdale by 12

Notable wins: No. 9 Perry Hall by 4, Gilman by 2, Calvert Hall by 7, Whitman by 23, Carver A&T by 87, Western Tech by 34, Loch Raven by 20, Hereford by 37, No. 23 Dundalk by 5, Dulaney by 25, Owing Mills by 5, Pikesville by 37

Losses: No. 8 Poly by 12, Catonsville by 1

5. Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets – 88 points (21-1) LW: 5

County: Prince George’s, 2A

Last week: WIN, Oxon Hill by 13; WIN, CMIT by 57; WIN, Oxon Hill by 17; WIN, Fairmont Heights by 27

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, Central by 4, Tall Oaks by 27, Oxon Hill by 13, CMIT by 57, Oxon Hill by 17, Fairmont Heights by 27

Losses: No. 17 Largo by 2

6. Baltimore Polytechnic Engineers – 88 points (17-3) LW: 6

County: Baltimore City, 3A

Lat week: WIN, Digital Harbor by 25; No. 24 Lake Clifton by 21; WIN, Edmondson-Westside by 8

Notable wins: No. 6 New Town by 12, Edmondson-Westside by 31, St. Maria Goretti by 10, No. 17 Baltimore City College by 23, Patterson by 16, Chaminade-Julienne (Oh.) by 3, Patterson by 13, No. 17 City by 9, Dunbar by 15, No. 18 Lake Clifton by 9, Digital Harbor by 25, No. 24 Lake Clifton by 21

Losses: No. 5 Douglass (PG) by 16, Capitol Christian Academy by 3, No. 9 Perry Hall by 2

7. Oakland Mills Scorpions – 82 points (19-2) LW: 7

County: Howard, 2A

Last week: WIN, River Hill by 34; WIN, Long Reach by 23; WIN, Wilde Lake by 25

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, No. 25 Centennial by 9, Mt. Hebron by 40, Howard by 18, River Hill by 34, Long Reach by 23, Wilde Lake by 25

Losses: Glenelg Country by 11, No. 11 Hammond by 3

8. Quince Orchard Cougars – 76 points (20-2) LW: 8

County: Montgomery, 4A

Last week: WIN, Clarksburg by 2; WIN, No. 16 Tuscarora by 6; WIN, Kennedy by 10

Notable wins: Wootton by 23, No. 18 Springbrook by 11, Avalon by 45, Frederick by 29, Gaithersburg by 3, Poolesville by 55, Seneca Valley by 17, Damascus by 43, Gaithersburg by 31, Watkins Mill by 29, Poolesville by 32, Clarksburg by 2, No. 16 Tuscarora by 6

Losses: No. 20 Bethesda-Chevy Chase by 1, Clarksburg by 3

9. Linganore Lancers – 71 points (20-1) LW: 9

County: Frederick, 3A

Last week: WIN, Frederick by 28; WIN, Westminster by 39; WIN, North Hagerstown by 19

Notable wins: No. 19 Middletown by 25, Catoctin by 49, Walkersville by 47, South Hagerstown by 23, No. 21 Tuscarora by 8, South Lakes (Va.) by 4, Cesar Chavez (D.C.) by 7, Oakdale by 8, Urbana by 28, Winters Mill by 10, Brunswick by 25, Oakdale by 2, Frederick by 28, Westminster by 39, North Hagerstown by 19

Losses: No. 20 Tuscarora by 5

10. Hammond Golden Bears – 68 points (18-3) LW: 10

County: Howard, 3A

Last week: WIN, Long Reach by 19; WIN, Mt. Hebron by 14; WIN, Howard by 18

Notable wins: Howard by 23, Centennial by 14, Atholton by 24, Marriotts Ridge by 33, Randallstown by 21, Digital Harbor by 47, Long Reach by 22, No. 4 Oakland Mills by 3, Centennial by 6

Losses: No. 4 Oakland Mills by 6, Mt. Hebron by 1, Dunbar by 18

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Gwynn Park Now # 7 in Washinton Post

Posted by Michael Glick at Feb 23, 2016 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
Boys’ basketball Top 20: Westfield, Hylton, Loudoun Valley, Wakefield, Potomac (Va.) claim conference titles AllMetSports Staff February 22 1. H.D. Woodson (29-0) LW: 1 Antwan Walker scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lift the Warriors past Coolidge, 67-62, and into Wednesday’s DCIAA final against No. 17 Theodore Roosevelt. 2. St. John’s (27-3) LW: 2 Anthony Cowan Jr. and Dejuan Clayton totaled seven three-pointers to help the Cadets hold off McNamara and advance to Monday’s WCAC final against No. 3 DeMatha. 3. DeMatha (26-4) LW: 3 Markelle Fultz scored 21 points as the Stags surged past then-No. 9 Gonzaga for a 79-66 win, securing their third straight trip to the WCAC title game. 4. National Christian (21-1) LW: 4 Mohammed Kabir’s 29-point, 16-rebound performance pushed the Eagles past Clinton Christian on Saturday and their win streak to 16 games. 5. Westfield (20-2) LW: 5 The Bulldogs completed a perfect run through Virginia Conference 5 play for the second straight year, beating Chantilly, 76-61, in Friday’s conference final. Host B.J. Koubaroulis runs through the top plays from the week of basketball in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. (Video by Nick Plum for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post) 6. Eleanor Roosevelt (18-2) LW: 6 The Raiders earned a spot in Wednesday’s Prince George’s County championship game after 13 different players scored in Friday’s 80-40 win over Parkdale. 7. Gwynn Park (20-1) LW: 7 The Yellow Jackets won three games in three days this past week, but still must beat Fairmont Heights on Monday to clinch a berth in the Prince George’s County title game against Eleanor Roosevelt. 8. Douglass (17-1) LW: 8 The Eagles completed their regular season with a 93-20 win over Chesapeake Math and IT, but could play in the Prince George’s County championship game depending on Monday’s results. 9. Hylton (20-3) LW: 11 Dwayne Hill dropped a season-high 25 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 69-58 victory over Woodbridge in Saturday’s Conference 4 final, their 10th straight win by double digits. 10. Loudoun Valley (23-0) LW: 12 The Vikings took care of business in the Conference 21B tournament with double-digit wins over Rock Ridge and Heritage to earn the No. 1 seed in the 4A West region playoffs.
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Miles, Yellow Jackets sting Oxon Hill 67-54

Posted by Michael Glick at Feb 21, 2016 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
Miles, Yellow Jackets sting Oxon Hill 22 Feb 2016 Written by Sean Farrell, Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Isaiah Miles DKOXON HILL – The Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets stung Oxon Hill and the area’s leading scorer Shawn Moss, 67-54 on Feb. 18. Isaiah Miles led the way for Gwynn Park, scoring 21 points. However, Miles had some help from his supporting cast. Aaron Parker scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Justin Faison added 17 points, including nine points from beyond the arc. “I think we played pretty well, but we could’ve played better transition defense,” Parker said. “We gave up a lot of points, but we keyed in on Moss and I think we got him out the game for the most part.” The match was close throughout the first half as both teams were deadlocked at 17 after one quarter of play. Moss led the way for Oxon Hill by scoring 12 points, but then the star guard got into foul trouble. Miles continued to dominate in the paint for Gwynn Park by scoring 13 points in the first half. “The team needed me to post up more and get easy inside buckets and that’s what I did today,” Miles said. “I feel as a team they wanted to get me open, so when they wanted to make space for me they got me open and I just capitalized on it. “Coach (Michael) Glick drew up a good game plan and wanted to shut (Moss) down and make somebody else beat us and nobody could. Moving forward, we just want to win states. We just have to take it one game at a time and just get better each game.” Gwynn Park also added 17 points in the second quarter and went into the half up three, 34-31. In the second half, Oxon Hill kept up with the Yellow Jackets, but still couldn’t crack into the three-point deficit heading into the fourth as they trailed 47-44. In the final quarter, Gwynn Park took off. The Yellow Jackets swarmed Oxon Hill defensively in the final quarter and exploded for 20 points to put the game away for good. Oxon Hill was constantly pressured into taking bad shots and committed a handful of turnovers. The Clippers only managed to score 10 points in the final frame. Moss finished with just one basket in the second half, by the way of a three-pointer in the final minutes. “I was very proud of CJ Miller. I thought his defense on Moss was outstanding,” Glick said. “I was really proud of how we executed our game plan.”