The Seneca Valley and Northwest men's basketball teams came back from the winter break layoff to face each other for the first of two games this season in the Battle for Germantown bragging rights on Friday night in JagDome at Northwest. The Screaming Eagles won this round 64-50.
The Jags started quick jumping out to an 11-2 lead in the first two minutes of play, and the Jags would lead 18-13 at the end of the first quarter. “They were really hurting us on the boards especially in the first quarter,” said Seneca Valley Head Coach Brian Humphrey.
A staunch defensive effort by the Screaming Eagles in the second quarter held the Jags to just 5 points, on three foul shots and just one field goal.
Seneca’s junior Brandon Simpson had 10 of his 19 points in the second quarter. Simpson would lead all scorers. “Brandon said ‘this is my game’ and he kind of took over,” said Seneca Valley Head Coach Brian Humphrey. “He is really starting to assert himself during those moments of uncertainty in the game, which is something you want to see from a leader.” The second quarter defense allowed the Eagles to take a 29-23 lead into halftime.
The Jags would come out and go on a 12-0 for the first 5:47 seconds of the third quarter pull out to a 34-29 lead. Northwest’s senior center Tim Biakapia would have eight of his Northwest leading 12 points in the third quarter.
Seneca Valley would find their defense again in the last minutes of the third quarter and begin to turn the game around. “Defensively,” said Humphrey, “we got several stops in a row the end the third and beginning the fourth, and from there we were able to get fast break points.”
Seneca Valley would have three players in double digits, Simpson, along with Deonte Nelson, who had 11 points and Quentin Twyman who finished with 10.
“We made some spurts where we good,” said Northwest Head Coach Robert Smith. ”We started out the game on an 11-2 run, and Seneca came back. And then we came out in the third quarter and went up four points, but we had too many lapses on defense. They didn’t stop. We went up four or five points, and they came back. They didn’t give up.”
The Jags had two players in double digits, Biakapia and Tyrell Richardson, who finished with 10 points. The Jags struggled from the free throw line shooting just 32 percent, hitting just seven of 22 attempts. The Screaming Eagles, on the other hand, were red-hot from the charity stripe, hitting 18 of 20, shooting 90 percent.
With the changes in the scheduling this year, the Jags will have an opportunity to avenge this loss when the Eagles host Northwest on Wednesday, Feb. 3.
However, both teams have more challenges to deal with before round two of the Battle of Germantown. The 2-8 Jags will travel to 9-1 Quince Orchard next Tuesday and will host 7-2 Clarksburg next Friday night.
The 6-3 Screaming Eagles are set to host 1-6-1 Watkins Mill on Tuesday, and a 2-5 Damascus team on Friday.
Top: Seneca Valley’s Kareem Mathew (4) is defended by Northwest’s TJ Williams (24) as he sets a jumper in the fourth quarter of Seneca’s 64-50 victory over the Jags on Friday night.
Next: Northwest’s Nick Pinto (23) goes up strong for two of his seven points on Friday night versus Seneca Valley.
Next: Northwest’s Mileke Omar (30) defends Seneca Valley’s Brandon Simpson (3) during Friday night’s game in Germantown.
Next: Seneca Valley’s Triston Price (12) fouled by TJ Williams on a drive to the hoop in the fourth quarter. The bucket could fall, and Price would complete the “old-fashioned” three-point play from the foul line.
Next: Price (12) has his face examined by Northwest’s Tyrell Richardson (35) while driving the lane.
Next: Seneca Valley’s Quentin Twyman (11) puts in a jumper late in Friday’s victory over Northwest.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.