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.

Tyler Sterling's layup made it 61-61 with 3:41 remaining.

The Mustangs (3-0) used a 6-0 run over the next 1:52 to push its lead to 67-61.

Laurel trimmed it to four points twice, but Amin Sanya sank four free throws in the final 22 to seal it.

"We played hard, but we rushed things too much," Bladensburg coach Antonio Williams said. "Laurel did a great job of speeding us up and making us rush into tough shots."

Sanya, a junior guard, finished with 28 points and seven rebounds. Teammate Daniel Oladapo had 23 points and 13 rebounds.

Bladensburg bolted to a 11-6 edge in the first 4:16 of the first quarter as Sanya had six points during that stretch.

Laurel (0-4) went on a 7-0 run take its first lead 13-11.

The Spartans held a 19-16 advantage going into the second quarter.

Bladensburg regained the lead, 25-24, on Sanya's three-pointer with 1:17 left.

Oladapo made a layup right before the buzzer for the Mustangs to make it 34-28 at halftime. Sanya had 14 first-half points.

"We knew coming into the game he was a good shooter," Oxendine said. "And he made a lot of tough shots."


Laurel had three players score in double figures: Senior point guard Antone Matthews (16), senior combo guard Mekhi Small (12) and senior small forward Keshon Kearney (11).

Oba Anjorin (8), Tyler Sterling (8), Delahney Williams (6) and Anthony Williams (4) accounted for the remainder of the Spartans' scoring.