Magruder Rolls to Third Consecutive Comcast Appearance
When you think exciting, full court high school basketball in Montgomery county and in the DMV, you think Magruder.
On Friday night there was nothing exciting about the game. In fact the score of the game was tied 1-1 for more then a minute, a score you NEVER, EVER see in basketball on any level. It is the equivalent of a 2-2 start in football. Perhaps that score was a premonition of what was to come on Friday night in Silver Spring.
At the end of the first quarter Magruder led 12-1. There was a huge crowd on hand but the gym didn’t have that buzz like most most regional championship games do. This was probably attributed to the suffocating defense that Magruder played on Quince Orchard, who couldn’t hit a shot all night long.
Magruder didn’t play a great game either, but their defense was superb, the way they shared the ball was sensational, and they did what was necessary to advance to Comcast where they will play Poly of Baltimore City.
Magruder led 28 – 11 at half time and 43 – 21 after three. The final was 47-30.
Magruder did get to use an 11 man rotation throughout the game. Getting so many players major reps can only be helpful as the team heads to Comcast where they will play on a regulation college court where players may tire more easily and the ability to have more able bodies could become a factor. Last year Magruder exclusively used an 8 man rotation. This year they have more bodies to throw into the fire.
Magruder’s opponent is definitely the least known team (in the DMV area) of the four to make it in the 4A to Comcast. Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in Baltimore City, the #12 seed in the North region defeated Southwestern, Kenwood, Merganthaler, and #3 seed Paint Branch in its quest to make it to Comcast.
The one thing Magruder certainly has going for them is experience. The bright lights, the big crowd, the 94 foot court — none of it should phase the Colonels.
They may not be the biggest team, and they may not be the most athletic team, but other then that they’ve got just about all you need at this level.
News and Notes — It appears that JJ Epps may have reaggravated his right hand injury in the second half of Friday’s win. He missed about 5 weeks of the season when initially suffering the injury that required two pins being put it his hand. After speaking to him he thinks it’s a mild sprain at most and nothing he can’t play through. He did return to the game and play effectively after the injury. Knowing Epps this injury will not slow him down.