The Screamin’ Eagles boys basketball team began the campaign to return to the Maryland State tournament with a 71-48 victory over Bethesda Chevy-Chase in the Seneca Valley gym on Tuesday night.
The Eagles began the evening remembering former player Andrew Dantzler, who was a big part of the team last year and died tragically shortly after graduating in June.
The team wore special shirts for the pre-game shoot-around with Dantzler’s No. 2 on the back and his initials on the left shoulder and held a moment of silence to for their fallen teammate before the game.
“Drew’s passing was not easy,” said Head Coach Brian Humphrey. “It was very difficult. And we did the best we can to rally around each other, and the boys do an amazing job of being there for each other. We want to do our best to stay ‘True to Drew’ all year long. We will honor him as best we can by the way we play.”
Once the game started, it was clear that the 2016-2017 Eagles were both very different from the last year’s team but still one of the better teams in the County. The biggest difference is the lack of a legit big man. The graduation of Quentin Twyman has left a void in the middle. Coach Humphrey joked, “We are all guards this year.”
However, guards that put up points. The Eagles were led by senior Brandon Simpson who had 17 points and eight rebounds in the victory over BCC. Junior guard Triston Price also had 17 points and six assists, while new transfer senior Trevon Lucas added 12 and senior Kareem Matthew eight points for the victory.
According to Humphrey, Lucas has been a good fit since he is a local kid who attended Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School but moved to Frederick County for a few years, where he was the leading scorer for the Urbana Hawks. Lucas recently moved back to Germantown. Urbana was 12-10 last year and made the playoffs before losing to Oakdale in the second round of the Regionals.
“He is a welcome addition,” said Humphrey of Lucas. “He grew up in Germantown and has played with these guys for years and now he’s playing with us.”
The Eagles roster was also bolstered by the return of senior Zack Robinson and the addition of junior Harold Dotson who was a standout receiver for Seneca Valley on the gridiron.
Seneca jumped out to an early lead and never looked back leading 24-8 after the first quarter, thanks in large part go nine first-quarter points from Simpson.
The Barons were led by senior Cameron Galic who had 16 points and junior guard Jerome Hillard with 11 points in a losing effort.
Seneca Valley will travel to play 1-0 Springbrook on Friday, Dec. 9. The Blue Devils defeated Poolesville, 51- 42 on Tuesday night.
The Seneca Valley girls team did not fare as well, the lost a road game to BCC 82-27. The Lady Eagles will host 0-1 Springbrook on Friday night at 7:15 pm. The Springbrook girls lost to Poolesville 69-42 on Tuesday.
Top: Seneca Valley’s Brandon Simpson (3) gets fouled while driving the lane. The shot would go in, and Simpson would add one from the line for three of his 17 points in the 71-48 victory.
Next: Senior transfer Travon Lucas (1) goes up strong for two of his 12 points in Tuesday’s victory over BCC.
Video: Brandon Simpson (3) with the pass interception and dunk late in the first quarter against BCC.
Next: Junior Triston Price (2) drives the lane. He would finish with 17 points.
Next: Prince (2) finishes a fast break late in the game.
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