20 Jun Week 1 Game Recap
By Nolan Wick
Here is some quick recap for the games on June 13-16, most of the games during Week 1. Many talented players and teams proved themselves as such, which is possible insight into how the rest of the season will go. Keep reading for more analysis.
Here is the recap for games 4-7 on June 13th:
DC Evolution (Wilson) vs Eagles (NCA): A good matchup featuring two quick and talented teams, NCA kept it close until Wilson ran away with the game in the second half, winning 62-55. Wilson’s Darren Buchanan Jr. (3) had himself a great game, dropping 20 points and 13 rebounds, the most for each category than any other player in the game.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase (BCC) vs Sandy Spring: This game had a tight first half with multiple lead changes, and Sandy Spring led by just two points at the first buzzer. Despite a small comeback effort from BCC, Sandy Spring held on to win 53-47. Outstanding performances from Aidan Camper (#2, 25 pts) and Cyrus Chisolm (#4, 9 rebounds) are a big reason for Sandy Spring’s victory.
DeMatha vs Bulldogs Elite/Goodman: In front of a noisy home crowd, the DeMatha Stags cruised to a 77-46 victory despite a solid start from Goodman, who kept it close for some of the first half. Heavily recruited prospect Jakoi Hutchinson (12) put up 12 points for the Stags during his 15 minutes of playing time, and was benched for much of the second half as DeMatha pulled away with the lead. Although his team lost, Goodman’s Jacob Morgan (4) impressed, who scored 11 points and made 4 rebounds.
St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes vs Gonzaga: The momentum immediately shifted in St. Stephen’s favor as soon as the second half began, with a big scoring run. The Saints made several good plays on both offense and defense. Gonzaga, meanwhile, bent but didn’t break, as they never let St. Stephen’s pull that far ahead of them. The second half of this game was intense and down to the wire. Gonzaga eventually came out on top, winning 65-59. Gonzaga’s Devin Dinkins (0) was by far the key player in this game, with 27 points and 8 rebounds. St. Stephen’s Elliott Black (5) continued to impress, with 15 points and 18 rebounds.
Here’s the daily recap for June 14th’s games:
Churchill Bulldogs vs Bishop McNamara: McNamara appeared to have control for most of the first half, until Churchill went on a scoring spree that almost put them ahead in the final minutes before halftime. McNamara ended up beating Churchill 67-52. McNamara’s Favour Aire (11) impressed, with 18 points and 8 rebounds.
The Brook (Springbrook) vs Georgetown Prep: Georgetown Prep dominated from the moment the game began, triumphing 64-33 over Springbrook. Prep’s Bryce Sewell (3) led scoring with 17 points, while his teammate Stefan Marcelle (4) led rebounds with 9. Springbrook’s Jordan Kwende (50) also played well, with 12 points and 7 rebounds.
Potomac vs Sandy Spring: With slightly over a minute remaining in the game, Potomac was up 39-38. Sandy Spring quickly made a shot to take a one point lead; but fouled Potomac’s Khalil Williams (2). Williams made two free throws with .3 seconds remaining, handing Potomac a 41-40 victory over Sandy Spring. Despite the loss, Aidan Camper (2) dropped 18 points and 5 rebounds. Potomac’s Carter Lawrence (23) played a large role in his team’s victory, with 10 points and 7 rebounds.
Takoma Academy vs Gonzaga: Takoma got off to an early lead against Gonzaga in the first half, but Gonzaga climbed back to win 64-48. Quinn Clark (21) was a key contributor to his team’s victory, with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Takoma’s Julius Mitchell (10) also impressed, with 10 points and 6 rebounds.
Whitman Vikes vs Woodson Cavaliers: Woodson beat Whitman, 78-66. Woodson’s Andre Pacheco (12) was a key player in their victory, with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Whitman’s Michael Ward (42) also impressed, with 22 points and 14 rebounds.
Spalding vs Rock Creek: A closely contested game between two stacked teams, Spalding edged Rock Creek, 78-75. Spalding’s Cam Whitmore (11) showed why he is a 4-star prospect, as he put on a show with 29 points and 16 rebounds. Spalding’s CJ Scott (1) played another big role in his team’s victory, with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Rock Creek’s Benjamin Williams (5) also impressed, with 18 points. Williams’ teammate Kevon Corley (2) was solid, with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Regardless of the outcome, both teams proved they are forces to be reckoned with in this league because of their talent.
Now, the recap for the games on the 15th:
Oxon Hill (Good Fellas) vs Churchill Bulldogs: It seemed as if Oxon Hill had won, until Churchill’s Ben Ash (3) made a clutch 3-pointer to tie the game at 65 with less than a second left. Oxon Hill eventually got their way, winning 78-72 in overtime. Oxon Hill’s Hasson Dorman (2) went off for 30 points and 10 rebounds. Ash’s teammate Andrew Silver (1) also had a good game, with 22 points and 6 rebounds.
Bullis vs NCA Eagles: In large thanks to a 19 point game from Tyler Boston (50), Bullis defeated NCA 74-38. NCA’s Cortez Whitney (0), also scored 19 points despite his team’s loss. In the second half, Bullis held NCA to only 17 points.
DeMatha vs Potomac: It was all DeMatha from the start, as they dominated Potomac, 75-49. DeMatha’s Tyrell Ward (15) scored 14 points, and Jakoi Hutchinson (12) had 10 points with 4 rebounds. Potomac’s Khalil Williams (2) scored 9 points with 10 rebounds, a nice effort despite losing.
Maret vs Georgetown Prep: Although Maret only trailed by one point at halftime, Georgetown Prep quickly dug them a big hole, ultimately winning 55-40. Georgetown Prep’s Bryce Sewell (3) scored 17 points and made 7 rebounds, while his teammate Stefan Marcelle (4) scored 15 points and 13 rebounds. Prep’s Khani Rooths (11) also performed well, with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
McNamara vs Spalding: In a physical matchup, McNamara beat Spalding 61-43. Spalding were notably missing star players Cam Whitmore and CJ Scott. McNamara’s Jaden Johnson (10) impressed, with 23 points and 7 rebounds.
Pallotti vs Rock Creek: Despite being outscored 42-25 in the second half, Rock Creek defeated Pallotti 73-66. Rock Creek’s Willie Rivera (1) played a big role in the victory with 18 points. Despite losing, Pallotti’s Craig McCord (1) had an impressive evening, with 20 points and 4 rebounds.
Last but not least, the games on June 16th:
Takoma Academy vs Sandy Spring: This game was not very close, with Takoma coming away with a 66-51 win. Takoma’s Aiden Price (11) was a key component in his team’s win, with 13 points. Takoma’s Chris Davis (44) also had a good game, with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Sandy Spring’s Aidan Camper (2) played well, with 14 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds.
Churchill Bulldogs vs Brandywine: This was anyone’s game, as the score was tied at halftime. However, Brandywine’s Ty’Ron Bevins’ (20) solid performance with 19 points and 10 rebounds helped his team defeat Churchill 64-55. Although his team lost, Andrew Silver (1) continued his solid play, with 18 points in this matchup.
Cavaliers vs Landon: With much thanks to Alex Klein’s (27) 27 point game, Cavaliers beat Landon 69-48. Klein’s teammate, Andre Pacheco (12) also had a good game, with 20 points, 7 assists and 10 rebounds.
St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes vs McNamara: In an exciting, double overtime matchup with two talented teams, St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes beat McNamara 82-80. St. Stephen’s Miles Webb (1) had a great game, with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. McNamara’s Jaden Johnson (10) also played well, with 30 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists.
Flint Hill vs St. Mary’s Annapolis: A very tight matchup, St. Mary’s Annapolis edged Flint Hill, 60-59. St. Mary’s Aidan Harris (4) had a big role in the comeback, with 19 points. Despite losing, Flint Hill’s Matt Gray (30) played better than any player, with 27 points, 4 assists and 5 rebounds.