Antone Matthews, a junior, had 26 points for Laurel while Kirk Hawkins had 25. But the Spartans yielded 40 points to Prince Obike of Bladensburg, while Daniel Oladapo added 25.
"We got down early and we ended up fighting back," Oxendine said. "They shot twice as many free throws as we made. It is tough to win like that. If you give up more than 70 points it is tough to win."
After a first–round bye, the second-seeded Spartans defeated Northwestern 77-60 before they ended the season with the loss to Bladensburg and finished 12-11 overall.
"It was a pretty good season for us," Oxendine said. "I think we fell short a little bit of our goal. We felt we had a team that was good enough to get to the regional finals. The Prince George's 4A it is one of the best public school conferences, not only in the state, but in the area."
The loss ended the prep careers of seniors Fobai Mbamaku, Enoh Enoh, Jeremiah Pittman, Eric Elue, Caleb Gasbarro and Michael Okeke.
Enoh was one of the main starters, along with juniors Tyler Sterling and Ke'shon Hill-Kearney. Hawkins averaged about 19 points per game while Matthews was around 10.
"He really came on strong the last few games," Oxendine said of Matthews.
One of the highlights of the season was when Hawkins went over the 1,000 point mark for his career in a game last month against Croom. Hawkins is attracting attention from several Division II and III schools, according to Oxendine.
Laurel girls fall in playoffs
The Laurel High girls basketball season came to an end with a 68-41 loss at Parkdale in the Maryland 4A South Section II semifinals.
Laurel resident and Pallotti graduate Tiffany Padgett scored four points and had five rebounds for George Mason University in a win over Dayton in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament March 3 in Richmond, Virginia.
It was the first win ever in five tries for Mason against Dayton, which has appeared in the previous six NCAA tournaments.
Padgett then had two rebounds and no points in nine minutes as a starter as the Patriots lost 78-48 to No. 1 seed George Washington on March 4. Mason ended the year 12-19 overall.
Aki Thomas, a former Laurel resident, was fired on March 3 after four seasons as the men's basketball coach at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The team was 28-95 under Thomas, with a record of 7-25 this season.
Laurel resident Dominque Johnson (Riverdale Baptist) scored 17 points for the Towson University's women's team in a 71-65 victory over William & Mary at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro against No. 7 seed William & Mary in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.