Historic Class of Magruder Senior’s go out With a Bang on Senior Night

When you’ve got Magruder’s all time leading scorer, leader in career three point field goals, career leader in both assists and steals, and two starters who have started for four years and one who has started for three years, and they have a Maryland 4A state championship under their belt’s and a run at another one just around the corner, you know you have a special special class.

On Tuesday evening Magruder honored their eight seniors with a brief ceremony before the game.  Then Paint Branch began to show Magruder that there was a new kid on the block.  But after the first quarter JJ Epps, Brian Coleman and the rest of the Colonels decided it was time to erupt and turned a three point deficit after one into a 16 point advantage at quarters end, outscoring the Panthers 25-6 in the second quarter.  JJ Epps was nothing short of spectacular.  The 5’5″ guard went for 19 points and five assists in the first half and had everyone in the gym on both teams a believer .. if they weren’t already one.

Epps had 11 points and no assists after the first quarter.  At half time he had 19 points and five assists.  In the second half he decided to be more of a facilitator, since Magruder had established a more then healthy lead.  The four year starter finished with 22 points and 10 more assists.  10 more assists that just add on to his all time Magruder record. Magruder forward Brian Coleman erupted for a career high 22 points as well.  Nick Griffin connected on four triples, Justin Witmer grabbed 10 rebounds and eight Colonels got into the scoring column.

Paint Branch was led by sophomore Donovan Walker who scored 12 points.  The Branch finishes their regular season with Clarksburg and Northwest.  Magruder finishes at Sherwood and Churchill before playoffs begin.