Magruder Cruises Past Arch-Rival Sherwood
After Magruder’s season opening win over DeMatha it appeared to everyone that Magruder would put it on cruise control until their Christmas tournament. After the Christmas tournament, it would be back to cruise control until the playoffs begin and Magruder attempts to defend their Maryland 4A state championship.
Magruder head coach Dan Harwood has a difficult task; to keep his kids hungry, motivated, and disciplined for the next couple months until the post-season arrives. It’s no secret that Montgomery County basketball is down, very down. And Magruder basketball is up, very up. So that combination is likely to result into blowout after blowout. Of course the Magruder fan base and community doesn’t mind watching their Colonels win by 30+ on a nightly basis, and the students don’t mind chanting to every opposing team that enters the building “ohh ahh, you wish you were a Colonel,” but the question remains, how does Magruder get better by playing teams that are multiple notches below them?
That’s a question that Coach Harwood will have to answer, and being that he is one of the most tenured and respected coaches in the DMV, it probably won’t be an issue.
On Monday evening Magruder pounced on Sherwood, beating hem by a score of 69-44. The usual suspects led Magruder to victory. Senior point guard JJ Epps led Magruder with 17 points, five assists, and five steals, while committing only one turnover. GW commit Nick Griffin chipped in 13 and small forward Justin Witmer scored 14. Emerging big man, forward Brian Coleman scored a career high 13 points to go along with six boards and is becoming the low post presence that may be the key to Magruder repeating. Senior combo guard Matt Ricketts added 8.
Magruder’s upcoming three game stretch will undoubtedly be the toughest part of their regular season schedule. They play at Springbrook on Wednesday, and then play in Springbrook’s Christmas tournament on December 27th and 28th where they will match up with Gwynn Park and Thomas Stone, two tough teams that should provide quality competition for Magruder. Springbrook and Magruder have been the class of Montgomery County for over a decade, so Wednesday’s game has the potential to be a good ball game as well, especially if Springbrook can bring the kinds of crowd that used to come out during their back-to-back-to-back championship reign and crazy 50+ game county winning streak that was snapped by Magruder almost two years ago to the day.
Sherwood was led by senior Joey DeStefano and Brandon Loiocono who each scored 10. Up next for the Warriors is a show down at Kennedy on Friday.