Springbrook Outlasts Gwynn Park 61-59

Demetric Austin carried Springbrook in the night cap of Tuesday’s double header in the Roberts Oxygen Holiday Classic at Springbrook High School.

Austin scored 16 of his game high 25 points in the fourth and decisive quarter to go along with 10 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.  Springbrook got out to an early lead, and as the first half ended it appeared that “The Brook” had it wrapped up.  But Mike Glick’s Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets have always been known as a scrappy bunch and that was evident tonight.  Gwynn Park, who won last year’s Capitol Hoops Game Of The Year – a thrilling win over an undefeated Oakland Mills team to capture a regional championship and advance to the Comcast Center graduated all five of its starters from last year’s team.  Glick, who called his team a “work in progress”, saw his squad storm back from a 15 point half time deficit behind a swarming full court press to cut the lead to just one on 2 separate possessions.  Springbrook began to break the press late and come away with easy transition baskets.  They also made 10 fourth quarter free throws to secure the victory.

Gwynn Park was led by Center Marcel Boyd, who scored 14 points to go along with 10 rebounds.  Gwynn Park’s Jalen Harris scored 17, including four 3-pointers; but Boyd’s inside presence is what stood out.

On Wednesday in day two of the tournament #19 Springbrook will play #14 Eleanor Roosevelt at 5pm.  #25 Gwynn Park will play #9 Magruder in the night cap.