By Kevin O’Rourke
Earlier this season, Seneca Valley had won seven straight games against Division 3A opponents. After running away with the Division 3A regular season title, the Screamin’ Eagles finished their season with two games against tough teams from bigger schools in the more powerful 4A division.
Monday night, Seneca Valley gave a very good 17-3 Magruder Colonels team a run for their money in the 70-60 road loss. The 12-8 Seneca Valley boys team came into the game as the certain top seed in the 3A tournament, but suffered its second straight loss to a Division 4A team. Clarksburg beat Seneca Valley 68-54 last Thursday night.
The Eagles hung tight with Magruder for the first-half and trailed by four at halftime. However, in the third-quarter began to pull away thanks to a 12-point quarter by sophomore Bryan Boehlert, who ended that game with 15 points, including three from beyond the three-point line. The Colonels would score 25-points in third-quarter and hold Seneca to just 11-points.
Seneca had four players in double-digits in the scoring column, but Magruder had four players in doubles, including senior Ronald Hammond who finished with 21-points, including four three-pointers, to lead all scorers.
Seneca Valley’s scoring was led by junior Dejaun Smith and freshman Triston Price, who each had 13 points in the loss. The Eagles’ junior Quentin Twyman had 11 points. Sophomore Brandon Simpson put in 10 points before going down with an ankle injuring early in the third-quarter. He would not return.
While the Eagles missed Simpson’s offensive output, Seneca Valley Head Coach Brian Humphrey said the Simpson’s injury was not serious and he could have returned but didn’t want to risk further aggravating the injury with the Division 3A playoff starting this weekend.
Late in the third-quarter, and through much of the fourth, Seneca Valley began to press. The aggressive full-court defense paid dividends. Magruder at times became frustrated and Seneca was able to cut lead to five with :53 seconds remaining. The Eagles scored 23 points and held Magruder to 15 points in the fourth, but it was not enough. Magruder’s defense tightened and Seneca was unable to close the gap.
The Eagles next stop is Rockville at 7:00 pm on Friday for the first round of the Division 3A post season.
Top: Seneca Valley’s Deonte Nelson (1) drives the lane, while defended by Magruder’s Joe Hugley (33), late in the Screaming Eagles 70-60 loss to Magruder.
Next: Magruder’s Matt Triau (22) and Bryan Boehlert battle Seneca Valley’s Triston Price (12) and Will Craig (24) for a rebound.
Next: Seneca Valley’s Mathew Kareen (4) and DeJaun Smith (2) apply pressure defense to Magruder’s Ronald Hammond (2) in the fourth quarter of Monday’s game.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.