It was over pretty early in the gym at Seneca Valley, as the Screaming Eagles jumped out to an early first-quarter lead over the visiting Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets and never looked back, en route to a 40 point victory.
Damascus struggled in the early going not getting on the scoreboard until 6:19 seconds into the game, and finding themselves down 11-2 with 1:41 remaining in the first quarter. At the end of the first, Seneca led 13-4.
“We had a little extra incentive tonight,” said Seneca Head Coach Brian Humphrey, who played his high school basketball and later was an assistant coach at Damascus. “We wanted to come out strong tonight. In the last couple of games, we started a little slow and kind of build up momentum. Tonight, we wanted to start strong and keep it going the whole game.”
Damascus came out in the second period and quickly cut the lead to 15-10 on two three-point shots, one from Mason Green and another from Doug Gibson. But Seneca Valley was propelled by senior Quentin Twyman, who had 16 points in the first half. Twyman would finish with 22 points in three periods.
“He (Twyman) took it upon himself to post up a couple of times, and sometimes we called some plays for him. He had an advantage in the post tonight, and he took it. Also, when Damascus was in the zone defense, we put Brandon (Simpson) in the high post and Brandon did a real nice job of penetrating from the high post and feeding Quentin and he got a couple of nice shots off that.”
Humphrey called Friday’s game the Eagles best team win of the season as 10 of the 12 Eagles players were on the scoresheet. Led by Twyman’s 22, and junior Kareem Matthew’s 14 points. Seniors Andrew Dantzler and Terry Millburne and junior Brandon Simpson had six points apiece.
Damascus was led by McLean Djouha with 12 points and Mason Green, who finished with nine points. Doug Gibson added eight points, and Garrett Brown completed the scoring with two points. The Hornets fall to 2-7 for the season, and will play at 1-8-1 Watkins Mill next Friday.
Seneca Valley will take its four-game winning streak into Poolesville next Friday. The Falcons are 4-5-1 this season and are coming off an 84-29 pounding at the hands of Quince Orchard on Friday night.
Once again the second half of the varsity basketball double-bill did not go as well as the first half for Seneca Valley as the Lady Screaming Eagles fell to Damascus 75-21. The Seneca Valley girls continue to strive for their second win this season. The victory allows the Lady Hornets to improve to 7-2 on the season.
Top: Seneca Valley’s Quentin Twyman (11) is defended by Damascus’ Doug Gibson (12) as Twyman goes up for a shot in Friday night’s game.
Video: Quentin Twyman (11) makes a layup. Kareem Matthew (4) drives for two points. Seneca Valley’s Tyran Crawford (5) feeds Denard Clyburn, who takes the ball to the hoop for another two points.
Next: Brandon Simpson (3) skies for a lay-up. Simpson would finish with six points in the Eagles’ 71-31 victory.
Next: Damascus’ Timothy Jackson (3) blocks the ball as Seneca Valley’s Denard Clyburn (25) goes up for a shot.
Next: Seneca Valley senior Quentin Twyman (11) drives the lane for one of his 22 points in the victory.
Photos & Video by Germantown Pulse.