C.H. Flowers was arguably the best team in PG County this year. They were the loan team to receive an automatic bid to the PG County championship game last week. They received the #1 seed in the 4A South. However, as many as five teams had a legitimate shot to win the region and advance to the Comcast Center.
By virtue of having the #1 seed, C.H. Flowers received a bye in the first round. Suitland cruised to an 87-50 victory over High Point in the opening round. Flowers entered Tuesday night's 4A South quarterfinal match-up 16-5 but they had lost two of their last four games. One of those losses was a one point over-time loss at Suitland just 19 days ago. Flowers also lost in their most recent outing; a six point loss to Gwynn Park in the PG County championship at Wise last Wednesday.
Suitland entered the game 14-7. The Rams had also lost two of their last four games. There were two key factors that we looked at entering Tuesday night's game. Suitland had the best player on the court, and probably the best player in the county. Flowers had home court advantage. Which of these two factors would prove to be more vital.
Suitland got off to a superb start, in fact they scored the first seven points of the game. But standout point guard Roddy Peters picked up his second personal foul with 1:37 remaining in the first quarter. The Rams held an eight point lead at that point. Would Peters' extended trip to the bench allow Flowers to make the run they so desperately needed? The answer would be no. Suitland power forward Daquan Page would dominate the first half. In fact Flowers as a team would only outscore Page by a 19-16 count in the first half. Peters would return in the second quarter but it was obvious that the Jaguars defensive game-plan was to shut Peters down. Flowers would go as far as double-teaming Peters when he was off the ball to deny him access at getting touches.
At the break Suitland would hold a 29-19 lead. Flowers would go on a 9-0 run in the first 1:54 of the 3rd quarter to trim the lead to three. A Daquan Page lay-up would end the run for the Rams. The lead would range from 2 to 6 for the remainder of the quarter for the Rams. Every time Flowers would make a surge Suitland would respond. Heading in to the fourth quarter Flowers trailed 41-36.
Suitland would take it's biggest lead of the game, 49-38, on a Keijon Miller 3-ball with 5:20 remaining in fourth. Two possessions later Suitland would lose the man that was the foundation of the Ram's incredible first half run, Daquan Page. As Page was on a break-away for a lay-up a Jaguar defender got underneath him to draw a charge and Page landed awkwardly on his ankle. He would lie on the court for over five minutes before being helped off. He would not return. On possessions before and after the injury Jaguar guard Reggie Sidbury would hit consecutive 3's to cut the lead to five. One possession later Sophomore Clint Robinson would get a dunk off a Flowers steal and the 11 point lead had been cut to three in just three possessions. At the 3:18 mark the lead was cut to one. Flowers was beginning to make their move; they were imposing their will.
With 1:23 remaining Suitland led by two points. From that point on Roddy Peters took over, dominating on both sides of the ball. He shot 9-10 from the line in the fourth quarter and scored 13 in the frame. Suitland would extend the lead and go on to win by a score of 64-55. Flowers never led in the ball game. With the win Suitland advances to the 4A South regional semi-finals on Thursday at Wise. On the other side of the bracket defending 4A South champion Eleanor Roosevelt will host Bowie who won a two point nail biter over DuVal on Tuesday. Roosevelt should be the favorite to come out of this region. They play the type of defense that wins ball games come post season time.