Seneca Valley Overcomes Einstein’s Early Lead to Advance in Playoffs
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.
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.”
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.
As the Titans were getting cold, the Eagles were heating up. Junior Quentin Twyman had eight of his team leading 16 points in the third quarter as Seneca Valley began to pull away. Seneca completed the victory with a 20 point fourth quarter, hitting 14 of 21 from the foul line in the final quarter. Overall the Eagles were 19-30 from the line, shooting 63 percent.
For the game, the Eagles had four players in double digits, Twyman was followed by 15 from freshman Triston Price. Will “Mr. DoubleDouble” Craig added 12 points and 12 rebounds, while DeJuan Smith had 10 points, and was five-for-five from the free-throw line down the stretch.
“I am just so proud of these guys,” said Humphrey. “They work and never quit. We get Wheaton next.”
Top: Seneca Valley freshman Tristan Price (12) flies for a fast break layup in the Screaming Eagles victory over Einstein on Wednesday.
Next: Seneca Valley’s Quentin Twyman (10) backs down Einstein’s Gil Reynolds.
Next: Will Craig (34) drives past Einstein’s Tyler Ford-Brown.
Next: Seneca Valley’s Deonte Nelson (1) drives the lane during Wednesday’s victory.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.