Looking Back at Capitol Hoops 2011 Game of The year

Before we start off the 2011-2012 season Capitol Hoops wanted to rewind a little bit.  It was Friday, March 4, 2011 and the Maryland State playoffs were underway.  Two teams in the 3A division had very high expectations.

Oakland Mills who was undefeated at the time was led by soon-to-be All Met Player of the Year Greg Whittington, a current Georgetown Hoya who is beggining to shine in his freshman year.

While Oakland Mills hadn’t really been tested all year, everyone in the DMV knew they were for real.  Coming up to Columbia, MD were Mike Glick’s Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets.  The same two teams had met in the playoffs the previous two years and this would be the last time that the two teams’ superstars would get a chance to earn a birth to the Comcast center with a state championship on the line.  The parking lot was packed full over 2 hours before the game started.  Over 1,000 fans were turned away.  It was former Maryland head coach Gary Williams birthday and the whole crowd serenaded him with “happy birthday” at half time.

The game was a legendary one.  Chippy was an understatement.  There were numerous second half lead changes and when it was all said and done PG county’s Gwynn Park held the hardware while Tion Barnes and Brandon Ford kept exclaiming “They wanted us — They got us — They lost”.

Things were not as joyous for the Yellow Jackets once they got to the Comcast Center as Digital Harbor had their way with the PG county school.  But for those of us who were lucky enough to make it in the building last year, it will be a game we will never forget.  Take a look back at our highlight package from that game.

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