Laurel assistant basketball coach Kenny Lioyd talks about his team's loss to Bladensburg. (Tom Worgo/BSMG)
The Bladensburg boys basketball had opened a 14-point lead late in the third quarter and was seemingly on its way to an easy victory Friday night.
But Laurel tied the score in the fourth quarter, and Bladensburg needed some clutch foul shooting to pull out the win, 72-65.
"We have to develop a mental toughness in the fourth quarter," Laurel coach Torrence Oxendine said. "We came back and then had three key turnovers and a charge that shouldn't have happened. We beat ourselves."
Bladensburg went ahead 57-43 on Daniel Oladapo's dunk with 52 seconds in the third quarter.
The lead, however, quickly dwindled by the middle of the fourth quarter.