By Kevin O’Rourke
The Northwest Jags were looking for revenge Friday as the hosted Gaithersburg. The Jags wanted to take some of the sting of a 30 point loss to the Trojans 15-days ago and for a while, it looked as if they might come away with a victory.
But Gaithersburg’s Anthony Tarke caught fire in the fourth quarter. The six-foot, five senior started the game by sinking a three-pointer, but had 19 of his 29 points in the last period to lift the Trojans past the Jags. Tarke’s 29 points lead all scorers. He was also a force on the boards grabbing multiple offensive rebounds.
The Jags were coming off a come-from-behind victory over Wootton last night, and jumped out to an early lead thanks to the combination of senior Donnie Gaines’ two three-balls and Jamar Wilson’s seven points in the early going. By half-time, the Jags led the Trojans 39-33.
The Jags would lead until 4:03 left in the fourth-quarter of a physical and tense game. In the fourth, the Trojans, led by Tarke, began to attack and the Jags began to lose their cool. Northwest was called for a two-shot technical foul, while junior Greg Cross only made one-of-two on the T, the damage was done Gaithersburg would go run that would give them the lead for good.
The Jags were led by Wilson who was all over the floor and doing his best to create points and havoc. He ended the night with 22 points, three from beyond the arc, and two-for-two from the line. Donnie Gaines helped the cause with 13 points, two three-pointers and one-for-one from the foul line. Junior Massangu Mbayo added 9 points and senior Tim Biakapia had 8 points in the loss.
Northwest’s record drops to 8-1, and 3-4 in the division. The games won’t get any easier next week as they will travel to 9-3 Quince Orchard on Monday, Feb. 2, and host division leading 11-3 Magruder on Tuesday, Feb 3. Poolesville visits Northwest next Friday, Feb. 6.
Top: Northwest’s Donnie Gaines (11) is defended by Gaithersburg’s Matt Mstowski (34) in Gaithersburg’s 83-71 victory on Friday night.
Next: D.J. Battle (34) drives the lane, while being defended by Gaithersburg’s Michael Mstowski (21). Battle would end the night with six points.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.