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Springbrook boys basketball rolls past Dulaney in Class 4A Region final

Junior guard Falu Seck hit three 3-pointers in a 90-second span at the end of the first half to fire up Springbrook, and the visiting Blue Devils went on to defeat Dulaney, 69-45, in the Class 4A North Region championship Monday night at Dulaney High School.

Seck finished with 18 points and 10 assists.

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Teammate E. J. Dyson, a junior forward, scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Seck and Dyson helped Springbrook, of Montgomery County, advance to play Meade Thursday at the University of Maryland's Xfinity Center at 9 p.m.

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"They are tough and physical," said Dulaney coach Matt Lochte, whose team also lost to Springbrook in the region final last year by 30 points. "They just buy in. They believe and are winners."

Lochte saw Springbrook — ranked 20th in the D.C. area by the Washington Post — dash the Lions' hopes for their first state semifinal berth since 1977.

"We had a legitimate shot to go down to College Park," Lochte said.

Before an enthusiastic overflow crowd, Dulaney (19-4) jumped out to a 13-7 lead in the first six minutes as senior guard Scott Harrelson (14 points) scored seven points during that stretch.

The Lions held a 14-12 advantage after the first quarter, but the lead didn't last long.

Springbrook opened the second quarter on a 10-1 run to go ahead 22-15 with 4:19 remaining.

The 6-foot-3 Dyson finished that spurt with five straight points.

"He put up 22 and 10 on just demanding the basketball, being physical and getting putbacks," Lochte said.

Dulaney trimmed the margin to 22-18 on Joey O'Dwyer three-pointer before Springbrook (22-3) closed the second quarter strong behind Seck to take a 35-19 lead at halftime.

Springbrook pushed its advantage to 41-19 two minutes into the third quarter on Donovan Walker's dunk.

Dulaney didn't score in the quarter until four minutes had elapsed. The Lions had three turnovers and missed three shots in that span.

"I told my kids, 'The first four minutes of the third quarter is going to be very, very important,'" Springbrook first-year coach Darnell Myers said. "My kids were hot and played really well in that stretch."

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Walker, a junior point guard, chipped in 16 points. Dwyer, Gary Bernardez and Jair Williams had six points each for Dulaney.

Springbrook 69 Dulaney 45

D: Harrelson 14, Williams 6, Bernardez, 6, O'Dwyer 6, Richardson 5, Bonner 5, Allen 3.

S: Dyson 22, Seck 18, Walker 16, Burton 7, Brown 5, Benjamin 1.

Half: 39-19 S

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