Richard Montgomery Wins Wild Opening Playoff Game, 46-45 Over Churchill

You see it occasionally in the NBA, and every once in a while in the collegiate ranks.  But rarely do you see a situation in a high school game where a team is down by two, at the free throw line for one shot, with just tenths of a second left, and they are in a situation where they need to miss and get a tip in to force over-time.  Especially in an elimination playoff game.

But that was just the predicament that Churchill G/F Jesse Locke was in with just four tenths of a second left and his Bulldogs down two to Richard Montgomery in a 4A West opening round playoff game in the Maryland state playoffs.  Kids often picture themselves taking the winning shot, counting down the seconds, and taking that oh so important shot.  But how often does a high school kid practice missing a free throw, and missing it so that his teammate has the opportunity to get a tip in.  For Locke, it wasn’t to be.  He ended up making the free throw he intended to miss, and for Richard Montgomery, the celebration ensued.  It was the first playoff victory that any of the RM players had ever experienced while playing ball at the Rockville school.

Despite going 7-19 from the free throw line the Rockets had avery balanced attack, where 8 RM players scored between two and ten points.  Senior PJ Glasser led the way with a career high 10 points.  But Glasser wasn’t the only one who was a difference maker.  Rocket big men Nick Jackson and David Bottenberg combined for 17 points and 24 rebounds and controlled the paint.  Especially considering that Churchill’s main low post presence, 6’5″ junior Bobby Arthur-Williams was riddled in foul trouble throughout.

Glasser changed the complexion of the game when he was substituted in the game with 2:45 remaining and RM down by four.  As soon as he touched the ball after coming in he found himself wide open beyond the arc from straight away.  He canned the three.  After a defensive stop he found teammate Nick Jackson with a crisp pass under the bucket and 25 second after coming in the game RMs four point deficit was now a one point lead; a lead they would never relinquish.

With the victory the Rockets will go on to face Whitman who knocked off Kennedy 37-31.  That game, weather permitting will be on Monday.  The winner of that game will face the winner of B-CC, Blair, in the regional semi-finals.