Balanc Goes Crazy as Springbrook Tops Paint Branch 80-76 1/26/2018

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1-26-18. Paint Branch HS. 14121 Old Columbia Pike. Burtonsville, MD.

Paint Branch vs Springbrook

The 2 rival schools area located approximately 4 miles apart in southern Montgomery County.  Entering tonight’s game Springbrook held a 13-2 overall record with their 2 losses to Clarksburg 82-78 in OT on 12-20-18 & @ Paint Branch  83-71 on 1-5-18.  Paint Branch was 12-2 overall with a season opening loss to BCC, 73-72 on 12-15-17 & to Kennedy, 82-79 on Tuesday 1-23-18.

Springbrook Blue Devils (14-2) 80 Paint Branch Panthers (12-3) 76

Springbrook came out on fire tonight seeking revenge from their 83-71 home  loss against Paint Branch on 1-5-18. The Blue Devils pulled out to a 28-15 1st quarter lead & were lead by

6’3″ 2018 CG Matthew Balanc

6’2.5″ G 2018 G Anthony Deruisseau

6’6.5″ WF Cameron Rucker

6’1″ 2018 G Sam Rafidi

6’0″ 2018 PG Delaino Jessup

In the 1st quarter & throughout the game, Springbrook converted on numerous highlight dunks.

Matthew Balanc had 4 and  Anthony Deruisseau and Delaino Jessup’s each had one.

Matthew Balanc was unguardable, scoring from deep & at the rim. His dunks are elite with power, superb athleticism & ferocity. Throughout the game Springbrook had excellent spacing & ran their offense at a very high level forcing Paint Branch to abort several attempts of zoning up the Blue Devils.

Going into the 3rd quarter Springbrook maintained a 63-51 advantage, but we knew Paint Branch would make a strong run at the Blue Devils. In the 2nd half Paint Branch received strong play from 6’4″ 2020 F Jordan Alphonso, 6’3″ 2018 WG Bobby Miller, 6’5.5″ Wing Xavier Reaves, 5’11: 2019 CG Richard Dudley & 6’6″ 2018 F Kevin Yomba.

With  Springbrook holding a 75-70 lead with 1:05 remaining, Panther CG Richard Dudley almost converted a 4 point play, but his 3 pointer rimmed out. However, Dudley converted all 3 free throws to narrow the score to 75-73. At 44 seconds Camreon Rucker was fouled & converted both foul shots giving the Blue Devils a 4 point cushion at 77-73. Paint Branch 2018 6’0″ G Cameron Heard knocked down a clutch trey with 34 seconds remaining to bring the Panthers within 1 point at 77-76.

After a Springbrook missed FG with 22 seconds left, Paint Branch had possession down by just one. Matthew Balanc made a game saving steal & and went to the rim converting a  3 point play to give the Blue Devils a hard earned  80-76 win.

Moving forward Springbrook: host last seasons MD State 4A runner up Quince Orchard on 1-13-18 & play a very tough Gaithersburg team on the road on 2-13-18 and close out the regular season @ Blake on 2-15-18.

Moving Forward Paint Branch: should run the table with their toughest games as follows:  2-2-18 @ Whitman, 2-6-18 Clarksburg.

Paint Branch

Coach Chris Bohlen

Bobby Miller totaled 18 points and nailed 2 treys and played an excellent overall game.

Xavier Reaves  scored 13 points with one trey and was huge factor in the Panther’s 2nd half  comeback.

Jordan Alphonso scored 13 points, was huge factor on the glass and made several clutch plays

Kevin Yomba Despite scoring 6 points, Kevin played a very big role for Paint Branch in the paint and out to 15 feet.

Marley Sume  scored 5 points with 1 trey and he always performs the intangibles

Chris Mayaka is another Panther capable of scoring over 15 points played a very good overall game


Head Coach Darnell Myers was ill tonight and missed the game. Assistant Coach Tommy Ridges took over and did a great job.

Matthew Balanc –  Matthew was clearly the MVP of the game and once again proved he is the best player in MOCO. He scored 29 points with 3 treys and 6-8 FTs. On defense Mathew had numerous steals and rebounds

Cameron Rucker had a superb game with 13 points, 1 trey and 6-7 FTs.

Anthony Deruisseau  had a superb overall game with 13 points and 1 trey.

Sam Rafidi – 9 points w 3 treys.

Timitrius Whiteny Hawkins  Scored 8 points and delivered a clutch shot in the final 2 minutes.

Delaino Jessup – 6 points and was a huge factor for Springbrook with an excellent floor and defensive game.

Michael Germnain –  Despite scoring 2 points, Mike always makes big plays.