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Seneca Valley Overcomes Einstein’s Early Lead to Advance in Playoffs

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By Kevin O’Rourke

The Screamin’ Eagles boys basketball team overcame a slow start to make it clean three game season sweep of the Einstein Titans Wednesday night and advance into the Montgomery County Division 3A finals.

Despite beating Einstein in both regular season games, the Titans were the top seeded team in the 3A division due Seneca Valley forfeiting four victories which moved the Eagles to the fifth seed in the bracket and forced the road game.

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Wednesday’s 65-55 victory at Einstein advances Seneca to the MoCo Division 3A title game versus Wheaton, scheduled for 6 pm o Friday at Wheaton. The Wheaton Knights are the No. 2 seed in the bracket, with a 14-9 record after beating Damascus 58-50 Wednesday night.

Einstein came out firing three-pointers in the first quarter of Wednesday’s game. Three different Titans hit from beyond the arc to jump out to a 17-8 lead. In the second quarter Einstein sophomore Kalil Bowen hit two more three-pointers. However, in the second quarter, Seneca Valley counter with by picking up defensively and turning up the offense. The Eagles outscored Einstein 20 to 11 in the second to go into halftime tied at 28 apiece.

“Einstein came out firing,” said Seneca Valley Head Coach Brian Humphrey. “They are a very good team. They are big and can shoot. You don’t win 11 games without being a good team.”

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After the break Seneca Valley continued to apply the pressure and Einstein could only muster six points in the third quarter. The six points came off of one three-pointer from senior Mikah Rhames and three foul shots third-quarter. Einstein continued to shoot the long ball but as a team, had lost their touch, with many balls falling short or hitting nothing but air.