Gwynn Park Captures 2012 P.G. County Championship with 57-51 Victory Over Flowers
Gwynn Park senior Agyei Gregory saved one of the best games of his high school career for one of the Yellow Jackets biggest games of the season. The 6’3” shooting guard connected on all six of his three point attempts in leading Gwynn Park to the 2012 P.G. County Championship game in front of a packed house at Wise High School in Upper Marlboro.
The victory marked the first P.G. County championship for the Yellow Jackets since 2006. That was the year before Gwynn Park head coach Mike Glick took the helm for the Brandywine school. Glick was elated to win his first PG County chip. He and his Yellow Jackets have become regulars at the Maryland State tournament’s finals at the Comcast Center but this was something different. This victory reassured Gwynn Park that they have bragging right’s as the best of the best in PG County. The craziest thing about the victory is that Gwynn Park was so close to not even playing in the game. The Yellow Jackets had identical records with Largo, and they elected to flip a coin to see who would represent the 3A/2A/1A side of the bracket versus C.H. Flowers, the winner of the 4A side of the PG bracket. Gwynn Park won the coin toss and the rest is now history.
Agyei Gregory would make the game’s first basket, a three pointer right in front of the Flowers bench 1:16 in to the game. He wouldn’t cool down. He was hitting everything and Flowers was unable to stop him. Flowers would connect on nine 3-balls in the game themselves, but almost all of them were why trailing. Gwynn Park led for almost the entire game, however the game was very close. In fact three of the four quarters saw both teams score the same amount of points. It was the second quarter when Gwynn Park outscored Flowers by six points and they would hold on to that lead for the majority of the duration. The Yellow Jackets got big performances from many other players in this game. 6’8” center Marcel Boyd double doubled going for 13 points and 12 boards. Xavier Richards showed why he is arguably the most athletic player in PG county, scoring 12 points and making a few acrobatic shots to preserve the Gwynn Park lead. Yellow Jacket sharp-shooter Jalen Harris who entered the championship game with 46 three’s on the season, had a quiet night going for four points. But he hit a huge three late in the game to end a late Flowers surge. Robert Flint and Jarvis Hawkins did a phenomenal job breaking the vaunted Flowers press.
Flowers had a balanced attack. They had four players score between 8 and 12 points. They were led by Dontae Holloway’s 12 points which came on four triples. Senior David Barnes played a terrific game for Flowers. He was often at the top of the Yellow Jackets zone defense reversing the ball and patiently waiting for opportunities to slither in the lane, find his shot, and distribute to players who found holes in the Gwynn Park zone. It was a four point game with a minute to go but Flowers couldn’t get a shot to drop, and Gwynn Park began to tack on late points from the stripe. The final score was 57-51 Gwynn Park.
Both teams now turn their attention to the Maryland State Tournament. Gwynn Park earned the #1 seed in the 2A South. They have a first round bye and then host the winner of Glenelg and McDonough next Tuesday night . It appears that Gwynn Park has a fairly easy road to the 2A South championship when they will potentially host Largo. Largo and Gwynn Park split a pair of games in the regular season. Flowers will be the #1 seed in the 4A South. They too, have a first round bye. They may have a tough test on their hands in the second round with a Suitland led Roddy Peters squad. They will then potentially host Wise in the regional semi-finals. If they can win those games they could potentially play Eleanor Roosevelt for the 4A South Regional championship with a trip to the Comcast Center on the line. Flowers and Roosevelt met last year for the regional chip and Roosevelt came out victorious.