Dulaney High School's boys basketball team couldn't stop Springbrook brothers Aaron and Andrew Robinson Friday night. Andrew totaled 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Aaron scored 18 points to power Springbrook to a 76-46 victory over Dulaney in the Class 4A North region championship in Silver Spring.
"The Robinson brothers," Dulaney coach Matt Lohte said. "My goodness. They are just as tough as nails."
They helped Springbrook, of Montgomery County, advance to play Wise, of Prince George's County, at the University of Maryland's Comcast Center Thursday at 9 p.m.
Lochte saw Springbrook dash the Lions' hopes for their first state semifinal berth since 1977.
"What hurts the most is we had a real opportunity to make it to the Comast Center," he said. "Our team was built for Comcast. This team was as talented as any team we have had in Dulaney in years."
The Blue Devils (23-2) are talented, too, and are ranked 18th by The Washington Post.
Springbrook eliminated Dulaney behind the Robinson brothers and some powerful work inside.
Isaiah Eisendorf, a 6-foot-5 senior forward, grabbed 20 rebounds, and 6-7 senior center Alex Evans had 14 rebounds.
Aaron Robinson sank five three-pointers — all in the first half — as Springbrook made seven of 15 three-point attempts.
"We got on a roll in the first half," Springbrook coach Tom Crowell said. "We we were hitting shots and just playing on all cylinders tonight."
Dulaney was struggling. The Lions shot only 20.8 percent from the field (15-for-72).
Dulaney missed 13 of its first 15 shots, enabling Springbrook to build a 17-6 lead. Aaron Robinson had three three-pointers during that stretch.
Shooting wasn't the Lions' only problem. Jon Sims, a 6-8 senior forward, picked up his third foul 56 seconds into the second quarter and sat on the bench for the rest of the period.
Springbrook took advantage and boosted its lead to 31-13 by the middle of the second quarter.
After trailing 35-21 at halftime, Dulaney (20-5) cut the lead to 10 points by starting the third quarter on a 5-0 run in the first 39 seconds.
But the Blue Devils responded with an 8-0 run over the next two minutes to go ahead, 43-25.
Foul trouble hampered Dulaney throughout the game and in the final quarter both Scott Harrelson and Isaiah Lamb fouled out.
Lamb and Harrelson each finished with 10 points. Jason Lawson scored nine, Simms added eight, Gary Bernardez had seven and Stewart German contributed two.
Eisendorf (11 points) also scored in double figures for Springbrook.