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Motivated Oakland Mills boys basketball runs past Howard, 84-64

There was no shortage of motivation for Oakland Mills heading into Wednesday’s match-up against Howard.

And the Scorpions, looking for a bounce-back win after a loss against Centennial and facing off against a Lions team that had beaten them on a buzzer-beater back in December, looked every bit like a team on a mission.

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Truth Norton poured in a game-high 30 points and Oakland Mills (9-3, 14-4) put together a 17-0 run midway through the first half to break things open on the way to a convincing 84-64 victory over Howard (5-6, 9-7). The Scorpions stay a game back of first place in the county standings and a game behind in the race for the top seed in Section II of the 3A East region standings.

“For us, anything we can use as motivation at this point is great, and tonight there were no shortage of things to get ourselves ready to play,” Oakland Mills coach Jon Browne said. “Number one, we had to rectify what happened last time against [Howard]. Number two, every game is important in terms of those regional standings as we fight to keep a bye. This was a big one … get ourselves going in a positive direction ahead of the huge one on Friday against Reservoir.”

Oakland Mills senior Truth Norton talks about the Scorpions' 84-64 win over Howard on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.

Barry Evans (17 points) and Ahmed Diaby (12) joined Norton in double figures scoring, as the Scorpions led by double figures for the entire second half.

Howard, which lost for the fourth time in the last five games, was led by a season-high 23 points from Darrion Harris and 16 points from Cooper Haberern.

For as lopsided as the final score ended up, the Lions were actually in control at the onset. Howard scored the first six points of the game and led 8-2 three minutes in.

But Oakland Mills clawed its way back to tie the game at 11-11 with two minutes left in the opening quarter. Then the Scorpions, starting with a layup by Evans, proceeded to rattle off 17 unanswered points between the end of the first period and initial four minutes of the second.

The lead was 14 points at the end of the half, 37-23, and 16 by the end of the third quarter, 60-44.

“In a lot of ways, tonight was a microcosm of who we are. It’s just lots of up and downs, but when we are clicking it’s a lot of fun to watch,” Browne said. “That second quarter we were defending, we were putting the ball in the basket and I thought a lot of it came out of our press. We created some turnovers and then we were making our shots on the other end. The points added up quickly.”

Oakland Mills 84, Howard 64

OM (9-3, 14-4): Norton 30, Evans 17, Diaby 12, Hopkins 6, Simpson 5, Gray 4, Lincoln 3, Ndiritu 3, Thompson 3, Pitts 1.

Ho (5-6, 9-7): Harris 23, Haberern 16, Colbert 13, Ellis 4, Rodgers 4, Bruner 2, Zehring 2.

Half: 37-23 OM.

Other scores:

Reservoir 75, Hammond 46

The Gators picked up their ninth straight win in convincing fashion, as five players scored nine or more points in the 29-point victory. Bobby Hill (17 points), Jaylen Manning (16), Kaleb Glasper (11) and Jason Ha (10) all scored in double figures, while freshman Drew McKenna added a career-high nine points — all in the fourth quarter.

Re (9-2, 13-3): Hill 17, Manning 16, Glasper 11, Ha 10, McKenna 9, Ameli 6, Mess 4, Foulks 1, Phipps 1.

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Ha (2-8, 6-10): Addison 9, Thomas 8, Bennett 7, King 7, Aodu 5, Edwards 3, Lamont 3, Alexandre 2, Moore 2.

Half: 37-16 Re.

Centennial 82, Mt. Hebron 66

The Eagles posted their highest offensive total of the season on the way to picking up the victory over the rival Vikings. Joey Sedlacko (20 points) and Brandon Bonner (season-high 19 points) led the way to the victory.

C (9-2, 14-3): Sedlacko 20, Bonner 19, Taylor 10, Baker 7, Schickner 7, Hwang 6, Hockersmith 6, Benavides 4, Carpenter 3.

MH (2-9, 6-11): Lewis 20, Briggs 18, Ichrist 12, Michelotti 7, Millen 7, Brown 1, Cargiulo 1.

Half: 42-35 C.

Atholton 62, River Hill 52

The Raiders defeated the Hawks at home, helping the team to its first winning streak since December. Raymond Brown (14 points), Jordan Oates (12) and Ian Swartz (11) all finished in double figures scoring.

Atholton jumped out to a fast start, leading 16-7 by the end of the first quarter, and maintained its advantage the rest of the way.

Jackson Graves scored 14 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead River Hill in the loss.

A (6-4, 10-6): Brown 14, Oates 12, Swartz 11, Rankin 9, Daniel 6, Miller 6, Nwaklor 2, Rabb 2.

RH (4-8, 7-9): Graves 14, Saliu 12, Feeney 7, Marshall 7, Smith 7, McKoy 5.

Half: 29-18 A.

Marriotts Ridge 60, Long Reach 58

Kaden Bryan had a career-high 17 points, while Cole Tran was right behind him with 16, as the Mustangs held off the Lightning in a game that was close throughout.

Da’Vaun Yarbough (17 points) and Kojo Addo (15) led the way for Long Reach in the loss.

MR (8-3, 12-5): Bryan 17, Tran 16, Avent 7, James 7, Groman 5, Miller 4, Page 2, Snell 2.

LR (2-9, 5-12): Yarbough 17, Addo 15, Brown 8, Oduro-Dompre 6, Zaky 6, Raymond 4, Olivis 2.

Half: 34-29 MR.

Wilde Lake 66, Glenelg 35

The Wildecats picked up their most lopsided county victory of the season, winning their fifth straight game overall. Kwaku Boampong led the way with a season-high 15 points, followed closely behind by double-digit scoring efforts from Brince Shelton (13), Marcus Mitchell (11) and Cam Burris (10).

After leading by just four, 25-21, at the half, Wilde Lake broke things open by holding Glenelg to just five points in the third quarter. Max Pearcy finished as the leading scorer for the Gladiators with 14 points.

WL (7-4, 11-5): Boampong 15, Shelton 13, Mitchell 11, Burris 10, Avinger 6, Bethea 3, Monk 3, Valentine 3, Adams 2.

G (3-8, 6-10): Pearcy 14, Walsh 6, Dry 4, Tolbert 3, Dalton 3, Della Russo 2, Owens 2, Perfator 1.

Half: 25-21.

Chapelgate 69, St. Paul’s 40

The Yellowjackets improved to 7-4 in MIAA B Conference play, having six players score eight or more points. Zach Knox led the way with 13 points, while Lance Richards followed with 11.

CCA (7-4, 13-14): Knox 13, Richards 11, Felder 10, Praylow 10, Blackwell 8, Ogunmola 8, Akisanya 3, Hamilton 2, Jackson 2, Mitchell 2.

SP (1-10, 7-18): Pelky 8, Watkinson 7, Moore 6, Thomas 6, Sulin 5, Pollard 3, Sheehan 3, Keenan 2.

McDonogh 52, Glenelg Country 47

M: Billups 29, Dennis-Sutton 13, Paul-Swinson 10.

GC (10-7, 13-9): Yoka-Bratasz 14, Batchelor 8, Charles 8, Paar 8, Brathwaite 7, Ejindu 2.

Half: 25-17 GC.

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Howard CC 98, Northern Virginia 73

Five Dragons scored in double-digits as Howard cruised to another home victory in a 98-73 win over the Northern Virginia Nighthawks. Howard improves to 11-0 in the Dragons Lair on the season.

Howard CC (16-5): Deven Richmond 20, Daeshawn Eaton 18, Michael Gray 15, Christian Matthews 11, Joel Webb 11, Kahleem Jennings 5, DJ Tucker-Harry 5, Hollique Smith-Johnson 4, Cole Harshman 3, Naquan Williams-Day 2, Anthony Djami-Tchoula 2, Kelvin Sellman 2

Northern Virginia CC (7-12): Cameron Stowe 21, Tyland Crawford 20, Braelon Canada 11, Luke Jones 9, Abdullahi Hussein 7, Malik Walker 3, Amir Aburish 2

Half: 45-34 HCC.

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