By Kevin O’Rourke
In a match-up of the top two teams in Montgomery County’s 3A/2A Division, the Seneca Valley boys basketball team extended their lead in the division with a 69-63 victory over the Rockville Rams to maintain a two game lead in the division Tuesday night.
The Screamin’ Eagles jumped out to a 20 point lead by halftime thanks in part to seven points on two possessions by freshman guard Triston Price. Price converted the foul-shot after getting fouled on a three-point shot with less than a minute remaining. After the Rams failed to convert their possession, Price nailed a second three-point jumper to give Seneca Valley the 35-15 lead at half time.
Rockville came out of the break charging. The Rams put together 25-point third-quarter charge, led by junior Brenner Jones’ 12 points in the quarter, to shave Seneca’s lead to 49-40 quarter’s end. He finished the night with 15 points to lead the Rams.
The Rockville charge continued in the fourth quarter and the Rams pulled to within two points 53-51 with 1:36 remaining in the game. Rockville shot 71 percent from the foul line in this game to help narrow the lead. A late three pointer by Brenner Jones with 41-seconds remaining to keep the Rams within one basket, 55-53, gave a scare to the Seneca Valley crowd.
The Eagles were able to seal the game after Brandon Simpson’s half-court steal the ball from Rockville’s Valentin Milloch with 18 seconds remaining. The steal and resulting wrestling match ended end up Simpson coming away with the ball. On the next possession Tristan Price was fouled driving to the basket. Price gave the Eagles a four-point lead hitting both shots from the line. Price would finish with 9 points.
Junior DeJuan Smith put the game away by drawing the foul on the next possession and stroking in both shots from the stripe. Smith would finish the game with 7 points.
Seneca Valley was led by Brandan Simpson with 12 points, and 10 rebounds. Quentin Twyman contributed 10 points and 7 rebounds to the victory. While the Eagles hit the important foul shots to put the game away at the end of regulation, as a team they only shot 55 percent from the line in the game making 16 of 29 foul shots.
Rockville came into Germantown riding a four game win streak which started with the Rams’ victory over Seneca Valley on January 23. The loss drops Rockville to 7-9 overall and 7-3 in the division.
With the victory Seneca Valley extends their win-streak to four games, with the last loss being to Rockville in January. Seneca is now 9-6 overall and 9-2 at the top of the division.
Seneca Valley will travel to Wheaton on Friday for another match-up with a top divisional opponent. The Wheaton Knights are 10-7 overall, and 7-4 in the division and are coming off a 20 point win over Northwood on Tuesday. The Knights will be looking to avenge a two-point 59-57 loss at Seneca Valley on January 22.
Top: Seneca Valley’s Brandon Simpson steals the ball from Rockville’s Valentin Milloch late in the fourth quarter to preserve the win for the Screaming Eagles.
Next: Rockville used double teams to hold Seneca Valley’s “Mr. Double-Double” Will Craig to six points in the victory.
Next: Freshman point guard Triston Price sinks two foul shots to cement the victory for Seneca Valley late in the game.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.