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Eagles Top Rams in Playoff Thriller


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By Kevin O’Rourke

Seneca Valley went into the Rockville gym knowing that it was all wrong. They weren’t supposed to be there. They were supposed to be home with a first round bye waiting to play a home game in the second round. However, a violation of a residency issue forced the Eagles into the fifth seed.

The Eagles knew they earned better than a fifth seed, and if they wanted to continue on to that second-round playoff game, they’d have earn it even if it was to be a road game.

They also knew that earlier in the year, they lost Rockville at Rockville by a bucket. And that the always raucous Rockville crowd would be in full throat on Friday night.

“I feel like this whole season we have been overcoming adversity,” said Seneca Valley Head Coach Brian Humphrey. “These kids have been through so much.”

After a first-quarter saw both teams, who split earlier meetings based on home court advantage, feeling each other out and Rockville leading 12-10, Seneca Valley began to build momentum.

The Eagles turned up the defense in the second quarter holding Rockville to just six points, while scoring 12 in the quarter to lead at halftime 22-18.

After halftime, Seneca Valley began to turn up the head and scored 18 points, getting offense from everyone on the floor and opened up a nine-point lead on the Rams by the time that the quarter ended.

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With 2:50 remaining in the game Seneca had extended the lead and were up 52-41. The next two minutes would test Seneca Valley. Rockville began to put together a points run, thanks in large part to their ability to make foul shots. The Rams attempted 19 foul shots in the fourth quarter and converted 14 of them..

The Rams sent Seneca Valley shooters to the line for 22 shots, but the Eagles only converted 15 of them. Overall Seneca Valley shot 65 percent from line. Rockville was a little better shooting, 71 percent from the foul line.

Offensively, Seneca Valley turned in a complete team win with five players in double digits, led by junior Quentin Twyman’s 14 points. He was followed by Mathew Kareem with 13, Dejuan Smith with 11 points, and Brandon Simpson and Will Craig had 10 points apiece. Freshman guard, Triston Price finished with seven points and was five-for