By Kevin O’Rourke
The Northwest boys basketball team knew they were up against it heading into Clarksburg to play the Coyotes Friday night. The Jags were an upstart fifth seed team playing a program that had gone deep in to the Division 4A Maryland State playoffs last year. The Jags fell short losing 50 to 43 to a Clarksburg team that boasted two McDonalds All-American nominees.
They Jags were undaunted having beaten Clarksburg earlier in the year, the upstart team entered the gym with swagger and gave Clarksburg all they could handle. At halftime, the game had all the earmarks of a barnburner, a two-point game, a rowdy home playoff crowd, a gritty defensive efforts on both ends, and a tension in the gym that was palpable.
The Coyotes led the Jags 24-22 at halftime. In the third quarter each team put up 12 points, but the fourth-quarter came down to defense and free-throws. The Jags allowed only two shots from the field in the third quarter – both by Andrew Kostecka, a field goal and a three-pointer, but made 9 of 16 from the free-throw line for a total of 14 points in the fourth.
The Coyotes defense tightened in the fourth allowing the Jags just nine points and sent Northwest shooters to the charity stripe just once in second half.
Clarksburg was led by Kostecka and Austin Duffy who each had 15 points. Dallas Marshall also contributed eight points to the victory. Overall, the Coyotes were nine for 20 from the line, shooting 45 percent.
For Northwest, senior Jamar Wilson was a standout in his last game as a Jaguar. Wilson ended the night with 15 points to lead the Jags. Reagan Zamena had eight points, while Tyrell Richardson added seven points. Tim Biakapia added six points and Nick Pinto had two buckets for four points. Donnie Gaines added a bucket, and Quincy Ofari had added one point.
The Jags didn’t get many opportunities from the free-throw line, and were three for nine, and shot just 33 percent.
Clarksburg will travel to play top seeded Magruder on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 pm. Clarksburg dropped both previous meetings with the Colonels, 59-56 at home on January 7, and 57-50 in overtime at Magruder on January 30.
Northwest finishes its first season under Head Coach Robert Smith with a record of 10-12, and improves upon last year’s season which saw just five wins and 19 losses.
Top: Northwest’s Tyrell Richardson (35) battles for a rebound with Clarksburg’s Andrew Kostecka (14) and Devinne Greene (5).
Next: The Jag’s Reagan Zamena (24) drives the base line.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.