For the second game in a row, Reservoir got only half the equation right. Playing in the Laurel Holiday Tournament, the Gators played the kind of lockdown defense needed to give themselves a chance to pull out a couple victories but simply couldn’t muster enough offense to avoid dropping games against McKinley Tech and Suitland.
Friday’s consolation game against Suitland ended in a 52-44 defeat, on the heels of a 52-42 loss a day earlier.
“Our offense is the problem right now, because against two pretty good teams our defense was solid,” Reservoir coach Mike Coughlan said. “We’ve just been anemic offensively. We had 76 possessions tonight, 15 more than they did, and still managed just 44 points. It’s finishing at the basket, making free throws … all the little things that right now are costing us.”
Reservoir (4-4) had a brief lead in the early stages of the first quarter against Suitland, with Aaron McDonald (20 points) and Kyle Reilly (9) each converting shots in the opening 90 seconds to put the Gators ahead. But Suitland countered with a quick 6-0 spurt and never trailed again.
Darryl Smith did most of the heavy lifting for the Rams, especially in the first half. The sophomore scored 18 of his team-high 20 points in the opening two quarters and helped spark the second-quarter run that blew the game open.
With Reservoir trailing by seven, 20-13, with five minutes left before halftime, Suitland proceeded to roll off 11 straight points to more than double its advantage.
“Our kids put their heads down a little bit and before you know it we were down double digits,” Coughlan said. “When you’re not scoring, you can’t give up those kind of runs.”
Reservoir’s defense did regroup, holding the Rams to just 21 points in the second half. And with the defense playing better, the offense got going as well. By the end of the third quarter the team’s deficit was down to 10 points, 43-33. Then early in the fourth quarter, following a jumper by Suitland’s Smith, McDonald rattled off seven straight points to pull the Gators within five points with four minutes to play.
But just as the run was building momentum, the Reservoir offense went cold again — managing just one more field goal the rest of the way.
Suitland 52, Reservoir 44
Suitland: Smith 20, Graham 13, Daniels 6, Gray 4, Delano 3, Antonio Parks 3, Andre Parks 3.
Reservoir (4-4): McDonald 20, Reilly 9, Kearney 6, Hedgren 4, O’Hagan 2, Henry 2, Reynolds 1.
Centennial 61, St. Mary’s 45
The Eagles led the entire way en route to capturing the championship at the Liberty Holiday Tournament. Isaiah White, who scored 15 points in the championship game, was named tournament MVP. Tom Brown (17 points against St. Mary’s) was also named to the all-tournament team.
C (5-3): Fletcher 9, Strothers 4, Conley 11, Brown 17, White 15, Wilkin 5.
SM: Woephen 3, Jackson 14, A. Lee 7, Nolan 12, Buck 7, Hope 2.
Half: 28-18 C.
Oakland Mills 100, Edgewood 71
Playing in the consolation game of its own tournament, the Scorpions became the county’s first team to hit the century mark this season. Four guys scored in double figures, led by Mamadou Ndiaye’s 28 points. Bowie, which defeated Oakland Mills in the opening round, won the tournament by defeating Newtown (65-60) in the championship game.