Northwest Earns Third Win as Clarksburg Struggles With Injuries
The Northwest Jaguars defeated the Clarksburg Coyotes in Germantown on Friday night, by a score of 67-45. The Jags third win of the season comes at the expense of an injury-depleted Clarksburg team.
The Jags jumped out to a 16-8 lead at the end of the first period, thanks to a five-point period from Tyrell Richardson and a pair from three-pointers from TJ Williams and Justin Woodard.
The Coyotes, playing without their leading scorer and Division 1A commit Andrew Kostecka, could only manage 16 points in the first half. Clarksburg trailed Northwest 42-16 after the Jags exploded for 26 points in the second quarter, as seven Jaguars were able to get at least two points in the period.
The Coyotes came back and scored 12 points and held the Jags to just eight in the third period. Clarksburg’s Ryan Costin had seven points in the third, but it the damage had been done, as both teams would score 17 points each in the final period.
The Jags had three players in double-digits and were led by senior Tim Biakapia, who had 17 points and was three-for-four from the free-throw line. Also, in double-digits were seniors Justin Woodard with 12 points and Nick Pinto, who added 11 points. Richardson would finish with nine points.
Clarksburg was led by junior Ian Krishnan, who had 12 points and Stephan Armstrong with nine points. Costin and senior Jeff McInnis finish with seven points each.
It was announced earlier this week that three Clarksburg players were among the 755 players nationwide nominated for the 24 spots on the two McDonalds All-American teams. The three players selected are Andrew Kostecka, Jeff McInnis, and Dallas Marshall.
“These three players are very deserving of this honor,” said Clarksburg Head Coach George Kissal. “They embody all the traits we try to instill in our players. We preach to our players to be the best person they can be first, the best student second, and best player third. All three of these young men met that challenge and excelled in all three facets. They met our program tenets. They are great standard bearers for the program. They are great representatives of our school, their families, and our program.”
All high school coaches can nominate their players for the McDonalds All-American Team.
With Friday’s victory, Clarksburg falls to 7-4, and Northwest improves to 3-8. The Coyotes look to have Kostecka back on the court next week as they look to end a three-game losing skid as they travel to play a red hot 11-1 Quince Orchard team next Friday night. Quince Orchard beat up on Poolesville on 82-29 on Friday. The Jags are also on the road and will play 8-3 Gaithersburg next Friday.
In the girls’ varsity game that followed the boys game, the Lady Coyotes defeated the Lady Jags 56-45. Clarksburg had three players in double-digits led by Gabby Haddad who finished with 17 points, seven field goals and was three-for-six from the foul line. Other players in double-digits were Kaylan Jackson with 12 points and Jamiere Jefferies with 10 points.
Northwest’s defense kept the game close in the first half, as the Lady Coyotes were only able to muster two points in the second quarter, to take a one-point lead into the half 22-21.
The Lady Jags were led by senior Daija Black’s 17 points, and juniors Mariah Ellis with eight points and Alexis Mack, who finished with seven points.
Next week, the Lady Jags will play a 4-4-1 Gaithersburg team while Clarksburg travels to play 6-4 Quince Orchard.
Top: Clarksburg’s Ian Krishan (3) and Northwest’s TJ Williams (24) battle for a rebound during Friday’s 67-45 Jaguar victory.
Next: Northwest’s senior Tim Biakapia (25) get a layup for one of his 17 points in Friday’s victory over Clarksburg.
Next: Clarksburg’s Stephan Armstrong (23) and Northwest’s Tyrell Richardson fight for a loose ball.
Next: Clarksburg’s Phylicia McInnis (23) looks to shoot during the second game of the varisty double-header at Northwest on Friday night.
Photosy by Mark Poetker for Germantown Pulse