By Kevin O’Rourke
The Seneca Valley boys basketball team will go into the exam break with a convincing win over their neighbors to the north, as Screamin’ Eagles defeated the Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets 61-48, at The Eagles Nest on Friday evening.
The 4-5 Screamin’ Eagles are now 4-1 in the division and take over the top spot in the Montgomery County 3A/2A division.
The game was special for first year Seneca Valley head coach Brian Humphrey who coached at Damascus for eight years prior to coming to Seneca Valley. “It was nice to get this win,” said Humphrey. “It was good team win. We are very young and the guys play hard.”
Seneca started the game with an 8-0 run, holding Damascus scoreless for the first four minutes, and the Hornets were unable to get close after that. Seneca’s ended the first quarter with 19 points, while Damascus could must only eight points in the opening quarter.
Seneca Valley was paced by two sophomores. Brandon Simpson who had eight of his game high 20 points in the first quarter, dropping two three-pointers and two free throws. While Quentin Twyman added 14 points, on six field goals and one from beyond the arc.
Screamin’ Eagle freshman Will Craig added 12 points, seven buckets from the field and two from the charity stripe.
Damacus tried to get back into the game in the second half, but could not close the gap. The Hornets were led by senior guard Duane Davis who had 15 points on the night, 11 in the second quarter.
Seneca Valley will come back after the exam break to take on the two teams that are at the top of the division. They will play 6-4 Wheaton on Wednesday, Jan 21 at home. The Knights are 3-1 in the division with wins over Damascus, Rockville and Watkins Mill. At the time publication, Wheaton was playing Northwood, if they defeat Northwood they would be tied with Seneca Valley at the top of the division.
After Wheaton, the Eagles will travel to 3-6Rockville on Friday, Jan. 26. Rockville is 3-1 in the division.
Top: Seneca Valley sophomore Brandon Simpson (3) lines up a jumper in the Screaming Eagles victory over Damascus. Simpson lead all scorers with 20 points.
Next: Freshman Will Craig lays in two of his 12 points in Friday’s win.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.