HOWARD COUNTY, MD — With Howard boys basketball trailing, 56-53, with less than 30 seconds left in overtime, it was probably fairly obvious who the Lions would attempt to get the ball to.
Senior Andrew Blanco is one of the top scorers in the county, and he showed that offensive prowess against Marriotts Ridge on Friday afternoon. Blanco put forth a 19-point effort in regulation, which included five 3-pointers. And with the game on the line, he’d likely attempt another long ball.
That’s exactly what happened, as Blanco beat the buzzer with his another triple to send the game into double overtime tied at 56. He’d finish with a season-high 27 points — a performance that earned him Player of the Week — and the Lions would hold on for a 64-60 win, their first since Dec. 27.
Sophomore Darrion Harris (14 points) and junior Savien Wilson (13 points) joined Blanco in double figures for the Lions, who picked up their second league win after six straight county defeats.
Juniors Cole Brown and Ryan Lee led the way for Marriotts Ridge.
Atholton wins back-to-back games for first time all season
Atholton has been looking for consistency all season long, and it displayed it this past week in wins at Hammond on Monday and against Wilde Lake on Friday night.
Junior guard Maxwell Murray followed up a 11-point performance with 12 points against the Wildecats, who entered the contest having won five consecutive games. Junior Justin Oates added 11 points, while Javon Daniel scored seven after exploding for 21 points against the Golden Bears.
On the defensive end, the Raiders held junior guard Trea Keys to a season-low six points.
A — Murray 12, Oates 11, Rankin 9, Daniel 7, Agbor-Baiyee 5, Carey 5, Parkins 5, Marsh 3.
WL — Marshall 13, Van Tassel 10, Joseph 9, Greene 8, Hunter 7, Keys 6.
Half: 29-23, A
Oakland Mills pulls away from Reservoir
One of the county’s top defensive teams had a tough time limited Oakland Mills on Friday night.
The Scorpions scored at least 19 points in each of the final three quarters to secure their fifth county win in their past six games. Junior Daeshawn Eaton, who leads the league in scoring (18.1 points per game), led all scorers with just a shade under his season average, while senior Robert Burgess bounced back from two poor offensive efforts by totaling 15 points.
OM — Eaton 18, Burgess 15, Gaymon 14, Hairston 10, Simpson 7, Greggs 5, Chance 3, Brown 2.
Re — Okolo 14, Saunderson 14, Odunowo 13, Moore 11, Toler 6, Barrett 2.
Half: 30-26, OM
Davis, Mills lead Glenelg past Long Reach
Glenelg is back to .500 in league play after its 63-53 win against Long Reach on Friday night.
After scoring eight points in a 50-48 home loss to Reservoir on Monday, Ryan Davis led the Gladiators with a superb double-double (17 points and 16 rebounds). Junior Johnny Piwowarski added 16 points, half of those coming in the fourth quarter to help his team pull away.
Long Reach has now lost its past five county games.