Towson gets off to fast start in victory over Loch Raven in Battle of the Beltway
By Craig Clary
Dec 23, 2017 at 12:10 AM
While two dunks in the third quarter by Towson High’s Derrick Shoats may have excited the fans the most in the Generals’ 77-38 victory over Loch Raven in the first annual Battle of the Beltway, it was the jam he passed up early in the fourth quarter that impressed Towson coach Ryan Holzman.
“After he had about three dunks and he was the star of the show, he got a steal right around halfcourt and he could have come down and dunked again, instead he passed the ball off to Amir Difino and he made that little layup and I think that is emblematic of who he is,”Holzman said. “Derrick is one of the best kids I’ve ever been around when it comes to being a kid.”
Shoats, a 6-foot-3 junior, didn’t gloat about the dunks after the game, even though they came against the school where he played as a freshman.
“It was all in the moment,” Shoats said.
Shoats, who finished with a team-high 16 points, was ready for the moments against his former team well before game time.
“Today is the last day before they are off school and I told them in the locker room that certain games you need a hype-up speech, not today,”Holzman said.
Loch Raven’s Damon Jones scored the Raiders first basket with 6:05 left, and after a free throw by Nwadiogbu made it 10-2, the Raiders answered with four straight points on baskets by Jones and Naon Thomas.
Dugan’s putback was answered by a layup fromThomas and the Raiders trailed 12-8 with 4:08 left in the first quarter.
But, that was the closest the Raiders, who were playing without starting point guard Charles Gibson, would get the rest of the night.
With a pressing defense and dominance on the offensive glass, Towson closed the quarter with a 9-2 run, triggered by seven points and a pair of steals by Kaire Trotty (13 points).
“We don’t always have games like this, but it’s really nice to have an opportunity to let everybody play and I don’t know what says more, about the way my starters played or about the way they cheered on their guys at the end.”
Derrick Shoats 16, Nwadiogbu 14, Kaire Trotty 13, Hammond Dugan 8, Conner Brown 5, Ben Tribbe 4, Henry Weir 4, Tyriq Wilson 2, Amir Defino 2, Ian O’Malley 2, Nick Testoni 2, Ben Ducharme 2, Milo Fisher 2, Chris Dohony 1.