Oakland Mills’ streak of consecutive county victories reached 29 on Friday night, although Marriotts Ridge came within a missed shot at the buzzer of bringing the run to a screeching halt.
The Mustangs, behind a game-high 19 points from Robert Davis, held the lead for most of the second half against the Scorpions. In the final minute, however, Oakland Mills sophomore Daniel Kiely (9 points) made a couple foul shots to put his team ahead and create the final margin in a 57-56 victory.
“Daniel stepped up and knocked them down in a big spot and, really, he’s been tremendous lately for us,” Oakland Mills coach Jon Browne said of his sophomore point guard, who is averaging over 13 points per game over his last three games.
“We really had no business winning tonight, but somehow in those final couple minutes the boys still found a way.”
Marriotts Ridge had a final shot to win the game after stealing an inbounds pass with three seconds left, but the try rimmed out and Oakland Mills held on.
Daivon Tapscott scored 18 points to lead the Scorpions, followed by Deshawn Willis with 13. Mamadou Ndiaye (6 points), who fouled out with 6:30 left in the fourth quarter, was held out of double figures for the first time all season.
But even without its top scorer down the stretch against a Marriotts Ridge team that thrived all night at controlling the tempo, Oakland Mills made enough plays to stay undefeated in county play this winter.
Afterward, Browne gave a lot of credit to the visiting Mustangs.
“We just really struggled offensively against their zone. We couldn’t find Mamadou and he got frustrated,” Browne said. “Credit to Marriotts Ridge for playing well, because they really dictated the game the whole way."
Friday’s meeting between the two teams was a make-up from a snowed out game in December. It’s because of that scheduling quirk that the two squads will square off again next Wednesday, at Marriotts Ridge, for the second match-up in less than a week.
Oakland Mills 57, Marriotts Ridge 56
OM (10-0, 12-1): Tapscott 18, Willis 13, Kiely 9, Williams 6, Ndiaye 6, Bradley 3, Aaron 2.
MR (2-9, 4-10): Davis 19, Stringfellow 11, Clipp 10, Caffes 7, Bryant 4, Speelman 5.
Half: 25-21 MR.
River Hill 59, Douglass 53
River Hill junior Charlie Thomas has had some huge games this season, but Hawks’ coach Matt Graves says that Friday night’s 29-point and 12-rebound effort in a six-point victory over Douglass-PG may just be the best of the bunch.
“That was arguably the best game he’s had since I’ve been coaching him,” Graves said. “He put everything together — shooting, scoring around the basket and rebounding — on the same night against a really good team, which was really neat to see.”
River Hill won the second quarter 13-3 to erase a four-point deficit and take a 27-21 lead into halftime. The Hawks extended that cushion out to 12 points in the second half before withstanding a late Douglass push to earn the win.
Gary Sandler was the only other Hawks player in double figures scoring, pouring in 13 points from his guard position.