A Monday that started somber ended joyously for a Seneca Valley boys basketball team. Late last week, their head coach, Brian Humphrey, lost his father, and the team lost their scorekeeper, James Humphrey.
On Saturday morning, the Screaming Eagles played a lackluster, unfocused, make-up game against Quince Orchard and lost, as their head coach took over keeping the scorebook for his fallen father.
James Humphrey was laid to rest Monday morning. The Seneca Valley boys basketball team attended the funeral knowing that they would be back on the court playing for their coach Monday night against a tough Clarksburg team.
The two schools which both serve parts of Germantown exchanged the lead a number of times in the first quarter which ended tied at 17. In the second period, Seneca Valley’s junior Kareem Matthew and sophomore Triston Price helped the Eagles open a 35-27 halftime lead. Matthew had two three-pointers in the quarter, and Price hit one from beyond the arc and hit three free-throws.
Late in the third, Seneca Valley’s senior guard, Quentin Twyman took over along the baseline as his teammates continued to feed him the ball in the low post. He would finish with 24 points, including 12 of the team’s 20 fourth-quarter points.
“The team came together as a group to go to the funeral this morning,” said Twyman. “We are all doing it for Coach right now because we know he needs it. We couldn’t do it for him last game, obviously. And tonight we were able to put that behind us and come together and play for him.”
Tyman was aided by two other Eagles in double-digits for the game. Price had 12 points, included five-of-six from the free-throw line while Mathew added 10 points. “He made several gigantic baskets down there at the end,” said Coach Humphrey.
The Coyotes came up short despite having four players in double-digits and making 19 of 20 from the foul line as a team. Clarksburg was led by Dallas Marshall, who had 17 points. Other players in double-digits were Andrew Kostecka, who ended with 14 points, including making 7 of 7 from the charity stripe. Ian Krishnan finished with 11 points, and Jeff McInnis added 10 points.
“I think Saturday the team was still shell-shocked,” said Humphrey after the game. “The whole team came to my Dad’s funeral today, and it was a very nice of them. I think they used Saturday’s loss as motivation for tonight. It was nice to get this win for sure.”
With the loss, Clarksburg falls to 5-9 on the season and will be looking to avenge an earlier loss to Damascus as they host the 3-8 Hornets on Wednesday night. The Hornets are coming off a 75-32 loss to Quince Orchard.
The Eagles now 10-4 are hoping to continue to ride the good vibes from Monday’s victory throughout the week as they host 5-9 Northwest Wednesday night. Northwest will come into the David A. Young Gymnasium at Seneca Valley riding a two-game win streak. The Jags defeated Watkins Mill, 60-56 on Monday night.
In other notable boys, basketball news as teams begin their final push to the playoffs in March. The 4-7 Poolesville Falcons played 9-3 Gaithersburg to a tie Monday night. The previously 12-2 Blake Bengals lost to the previously 8-4 Sherwood Warriors, 80-70. Quince Orchard improved their record to 13-2 beating Damascus.
Top: Seneca Valley senior Quentin Twyman (11) attempts a shot while being defended by Clarksburg’s Dallas Marshall (32) early in Monday’s 70-48 victory over Clarksburg.
Next: Clarksburg’s Ian Krishnan (3) drives the lane and shoots over Seneca Valley’s Terry Millburn (23) for one of his 11 points in Monday’s game.
Next: Seneca Valley sophomore Triston Price (12) knocks the ball away from Clarksburg’s Andrew Kostecka (14) as he drives the lane for a layup.
Next: Junior Kareem Matthew (4) attempts a layup. Matthew would finish with 10 points for the Eagles.
Next: Quentin Twyman (11) jumps for a layup along the baseline late in Monday’s victory over Clarksburg. He would have 12 fourth-quarter points and finish with 24 points to lead all scorers.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.