When you're a program coming off a 3-21 campaign, wins are important no matter how you get them.

But for Long Reach, which convincingly defeated Hammond 61-41 Friday night, style points were a welcome bonus.

Jalen Brown had 20 points, DeVaughn Nowlin had 18 and Daquan Hargrove finished with 15 points and 17 rebounds for a Lightning team that led by double digits for the entire second half.

"We're continually working on our confidence and that comes with winning basketball games," Long Reach coach Al Moraz Jr. said. "It's early and we're still trying to get everybody to fit into their roles, but tonight was definitely a real positive step forward for us."


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Coming off a loss to Marriotts Ridge on Wednesday, Long Reach (1-1 county, 2-1 overall) put the defeat behind them right away against the Golden Bears. Over the first six minutes, the Lightning raced out to a 15-2 advantage.

"Last game we didn't play with any intensity and our defense was terrible, so we really focused on that from the beginning today," Brown said.

Hammond (1-1, 1-2) did show some fight, going on a 9-0 run of its own to get back within 15-11. Duane Echols (14 points) and James Turner (12) scored all of the Bears points during that stretch.

But it was Long Reach's response after that, a 14-3 spurt, which ultimately put the game out of reach. Hammond never trimmed its deficit under 10 points the rest of the way.

"Being consistent throughout is something we've worked on a lot and making sure that when teams make runs, like (Hammond) did today, we answer right back," Brown said. "That's something we probably wouldn't have done last year, so that's improvement."

For Hammond, which also got 14 points from Brian Green, the loss was a setback after a county-opening victory over Oakland Mills on Wednesday.

"(Long Reach) came out and were aggressive and we didn't match that intensity. Those first few minutes really set the tone," Hammond coach Karl Friedheim said. "These are learning opportunities, though, and we have some tough guys that will hopefully bounce back from this."

Long Reach 61, Hammond 41

LR (1-1, 2-1): Brown 20, Nowlin 18, Hargrove 15, Allmond 4, Betters 2, Stewart 1, Taylor 1.

Ha (1-1, 1-2): Echols 14, Green 14, Turner 12, Holmes 1.

Half: 29-18 LR.

Other scores:

Glenelg 51, Mt. Hebron 49

With the game tied at 49 late in the fourth quarter, the Gladiators forced a turnover and got the ball up the floor to Troy Spurrier, who dunked home the winning basket with three seconds left on the clock. Spurrier finished with a team-high 23 points and 10 rebounds in a game Glenelg trailed by six entering the fourth quarter. Alexis Chahine chipped in with 6 points and 14 rebounds for the Gladiators.

Deonte Moses led Mt. Hebron in the loss with 17 points, 15 of which came in the first half.

G (1-1, 1-2): Spurrier 23, Oates 9, Tolbert 7, Hammert 6, Chahine 6.

MH (1-1, 2-1): Gilmore 8, Mohilchock 8, Moses 17, Woodard 11, Jenkins 4.

Half: 33-29 MH.

Atholton 46, River Hill 35

A (1-1, 2-1): Fitzpatrick 13, Stephenson 13, Bernetti 6, McMahon 5, Bezold 3, Acker 2, Martin 2, Shapiro 2.

RH (0-2, 0-2): Moody 12, Richardson 10, Ruben 6, Thomas 4, Park 2, Qiu 1.

Half: 22-18 A.

Centennial 80, Reservoir 49

C (2-0, 2-0): Potts 23, Ringgold 21, Tinuoye 13, Eads 6, Klima 5, Goldsmith 4, Adams 3, DeVries 2, Olmstead 2, Peterson 2.

Re (1-1, 1-1): Toler 12, Christian 12, Booth 6, Williams 4, Jackson 3, Epps 2, Usher 2, Armstrong 2, Sponsky 2, Kevan 2, Kasprzyk 2.

Half: 49-25 C.

Glenelg Country 96, C.M. Wright 40

GC (1-1, 4-2): Jones 18, Davis 17, Powers 17, Boyd 14, Moune 12, Barnard 10, Jove-Vives 5, McCoy 2, Flores 1.

CMW: Stefanides 8, Kline 7, Bays 5, Keys 4, Worthington 4, Panzeri 3, Dorsey 2, Hahner 2, Harris 2, Jordan 2, Walsh 1.

Half: 51-19 GC.

Chapelgate 47, Archbishop Curley 43

Ch (3-1, 6-3): Frierson 13, Lawrence 4, Harris-Winn 17, Obi 10, Grandy 3.

AC: Huff 8, Cox 2, Tumbs 4, Tucker 6, Fumoff 2, Smith 15, Simmons 6.

Half: 21-18 Curley.