North Point Gets Revenge; Ends Thomas Stone’s Perfect Season With a 74-57 Victory
On December 21st Thomas Stone ended North Point’s 30 game winning streak which spanned two seasons. On Friday night it was payback; North Point ended Thomas Stone’s perfect season and 19 game winning streak behind a dominant performance on the boards and 3 players going for double-double’s.
The gym was sold out more then three hours before the scheduled start time. It was the biggest regular season game in Charles County in year’s. And Thomas Stone simply didn’t show up. Stone didn’t score their first bucket until 1:16 remained in the first quarter. T Stone would go on a run and cut the lead to two at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was the same story. Thomas stone couldn’t hit a shot, and they were getting absolutely dominated in every other aspect of the game. North Point got second, third, and fourth chance points time and time again. North Point forced four jump balls in the second quarter alone. They were all over the court, wrecking havoc defensively. They used a box and one defense for the entire game on Thomas Stone superstar Michael “MJ” Briscoe. Briscoe was held to only two field goals and 12 points.
In the third quarter North Point opened up the flood gates outscoring T Stone 27-13. The fourth quarter was pretty even but when it was all said and done North Point walked away with a decisive 74-57 victory.
Despite giving up three or four inches at every front court position North Point gave a clinic to Thomas Stone on offensive rebounding — on Stone’s home court. North Point registered 29 offensive rebounds in the game. Matt Bonds and Naim Muhammad were responsible for the vast majority of them. North Point had three players with double-doubles. Along with Bonds and Muhammad, junior point guard Marquis Wright was sensational. Wright, who put his name on the map when he faced off in last year’s state championship versus Aquille Carr has really opened up his game. His passing is sensational, he finished Friday with 10 assists. His ball handling has improved as well, and his jump shot has also taken strides. He does just about everything from the point guard position and has a handful of offensive options to distribute to. Along with his bangers, Muhammad and Bonds, their is small forward Tre Mouton, who can spot up, take it down low, and slash. Mouton finished Friday’s game with 11 points.
North Point reminds of us Magruder a lot. And if these two teams do make it to the 4A state championship it’s gonna be a game for the ages. JJ Epps vs Marquis Wright. Garland Owens vs Naim Muhammad. Justin Witmer and Nick Griffin vs Tre Mouton and Matt Bonds. The team’s match up size wise very well, both point guards do a superb job in leading their teams. North Point definitely has an advantage on the boards. But Magruder holds a decisive edge with their perimeter shooting. But it’s a long time away to start penciling that game in. There are a lot of 4A teams who can play, but those two are certainly the favorites. Only time will tell but one thing is for sure. The home stretch has come and playoffs start in less then two weeks.