Marriotts Ridge junior Akash Marakath, who led the team with 26 points, talks about the Mustangs' 94-67 win over Howard on Aug. 27, 2019.
Marriotts Ridge was in mid-season form for its season-opening match Tuesday at the Timbers at Troy against Howard.
The Mustangs had three players score 25 or more points on the way to a 94-67 victory over the Lions. Junior Akash Marakath led the way with a one-over-par round of 26 points, followed closely behind by teammates Justin Allen and Daniel Tuma with 25 points apiece. Marriotts Ridge has now won 67 consecutive matches against county opponents dating back to 2012.
Akash Marakath made six pars, a birdie on the second hole and two bogeys on his way to a match-best 26 points. He closed his round with four straight pars.
Howard sophomore Jai Sheth led the way for Howard with 22 points. His round was highlighted by a birdie on the first hole.
Marriotts Ridge will face Glenelg and Oakland Mills on Thursday in a tri-match at Fairway Hills. Howard will square off against Centennial and Atholton on Thursday in a tri-match at the Timbers at Troy.
“The number one thing we have been looking at and trying to do is becoming more consistent across the board. And we are still relatively young, with two juniors and two sophomores playing today, so that is something that is going to come. The idea, though, is that if we can lean on one another, the others can pick someone up if they are having a tougher round.” — Mark Dubbs, Marriotts Ridge coach
“I thought the key to victory was probably everyone’s practice, [both] off the course and on the course … just grind, grind, grind. I know a lot of our players can shoot consistently and that’s pretty much what happened today.” — Akash Marakath, Marriotts Ridge junior
“Our match on Thursday is going to be a tough one with Atholton and Centennial both putting up some strong scores. So we really have to come back quickly and rebound from this. We’ve got Jai and Gregory [Heiger] as sophomores that have improved a ton and then Jarrett [Maynor] and Shayan [Kassiri] are proven seniors that have demonstrated that they can score much better than they did today. Hopefully everything can come together Thursday.” — Joshua McGoun, Howard coach
Marriotts Ridge — 94, Howard — 67
MR (1-0): Marakath 26, Allen 25, Tuma 25, Bennett 18.
Ho (0-1): Sheth 22, Heiger 18, Maynor 18, Kassiri 9.
The Raiders came out and posted the top opening-day score of any Howard County boys team this fall, with freshman Camden Campbell (27 points) and senior Branden Nguyen (25) setting the pace. Nolan Chong (23 points) and Luke Chory (20) also chipped in with incredibly strong rounds.
Justin Gutierrez paced Reservoir with 24 points.
“Every once in awhile you have a day where everything comes together and that was today,” Atholton coach Dave Appleby said. “We knew coming in that we had three kids that were capable of playing like this, but you never know if they are going to ever be able to do it on the same day. And today all four of them played tremendously. The question now is whether this is as good as we can possibly be or as good as we are.