As the post-season awaits, the Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles boys basketball team is soaring. Seneca Valley has won eight straight games and are 12-13 in 2016 and 17-4 for the season.
The Eagles pulled off the difficult task of winning three games on three consecutive nights. Seneca Valley completed the sweep with a home win over Poolesville, 65-38 on Wednesday, they went on the road and defeated a 14-4 Blake 79-59 team Thursday night, and were back home for a 54-47 victory over 11-9 Magruder on Senior Night at Seneca Valley on Friday night.
Seneca had to come back in the second half to defeat Magruder last night. The Eagles were led by junior Brandon Simpson with 19 points and nine rebounds. Senior center Terry Milburne added eight points to help secure the 54-47 victory and extend the winning streak to eight.
At Blake High School on Thursday, the Eagles cruised to a 20 point win over one of the Bengals who were ranked 18th in the region by Maryland Sports Access, while the Seneca Valley was ranked 20th.
“Yeah they were ranked higher,” said Seneca Valley Head Coach Brian Humphrey after Thursday’s game, “But, they were missing one of their better players, and that certainly makes a difference.”
Seneca had three players in double-figures and two with more than 20 points in the game against Blake. Led by Quentin Twyman’s 27 points, and Kareem Mathew’s 24 points the Eagles dispatched Blake with seeming ease. Simpson added 14 points as Seneca beat Blake.
Seneca has one more regular season game at 7-14 Walter Johnson on Monday, and then will begin to start thinking about the playoffs. Coach Humphrey preaches that his boys must focus on the next game and cannot start looking past anyone.
“I hope we are ready to make a playoff run, but we need to take them one at a time,” said Humphrey. “We take that mindset into everything that we do, so we make sure we’re prepared and not look past a team. We are playing pretty well; I thought our defense was pretty solid again, and we were a bit tough from the second quarter (against Blake). That is the formula that we used in the playoffs last year and hopefully we can be successful again this year.”
“We try not to worry about expectations. We talked at the beginning of the year about always trying to be the underdog and have something to fight for and keeping that one-game-at-a-time mentality.”
However, this year’s Eagles are not going to be underdogs in the post-season they will be the number one seed in the 3A West bracket and will play a post-season home game in Germantown.
“It is going to be nice not to have to travel for every single game,” said Humphry. “When we find out who our opponent is, we will scout them, and we will be ready.”
Top: Seneca Valley’s Kareem Matthew (4) drives baseline and goes for the reverse layup in the Eagle’s 20 point victory over Blake on Thursday.
Next: Sophomore Triston Price skies for a layup during Thursday’s victory at Blake. Price would finish the game with eight points.
Next: Junior Bryson Faison (24) penetrates the key to put up a shot.
Next: Brandon Simpson (3) shoots a fade-away jumper during Thursday’s win at Blake. Simpson would finish the game with 14 points.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.