“If this was a prize fight they would have stopped it,” remarked one official as the Northwood Gladiators called timeout after Seneca Valley’s Brandon Simpson nailed a three-pointer to give the Screamin’ Eagles a 19-0 lead with 4:15 remaining in the first quarter of Wednesday night’s 77-34 victory.
Seneca Valley rolled over Northwood to remain unbeaten this season and improve their record to 5-0, while Northwood fell to 2-4. The Eagles remain among the Montgomery County elite as one of four unbeaten teams including Quince Orchard, Kennedy, and Richard Montgomery.
Under Head Coach Brian Humphrey Seneca Valley has prided themselves on playing solid team defense, and that was on display last night in Germantown as the Eagles held the Gladiators to just seven first half points, five points in the first quarter and just a single field goal in the second quarter.
The Eagles disrupted passing lanes, fought for rebounds, and contested every shot, while finding teammates streaking on fast breaks, and an open jumper. When the easy layup wasn’t available, Seneca would find the open man behind the arc for a three-pointer. Seneca sank four three-balls in the first quarter as part of the 19-0 run to open the game. Northwood finally got on the board with 3:20 remaining in the first when Xavier Delgado sank the back-end of two shots from the foul line to make the score 19-1. Seneca’s Trevon Lucas answered the single point with a three-pointer to make the score 22-1. The first quarter ended with Seneca Valley scoring 28 points while holding Northwood to just five.
In the second quarter, things got worse for the Gladiators, who managed just two points on a field goal by Hugh Dennis. The Eagles continued to roll scoring 26 points to lead 54-7 at halftime.
At one point in the third quarter, Seneca led by as much as 54 points.
Seneca Valley was playing without a starter as Triston Price did not dress for the game, but the Eagles didn’t seem to be affected as 11 players contributed with points with four players in double-digits. Seneca was led by Brandon Simpson who ended the night with 17 points, five field goals and one from beyond the arc. Senior Trevon Lucas had 14 points, including two three-pointers. Kareem Matthew added 12 points, including two three-balls, while Denard Clyburn had contributed 10 points.
The Gladiators were led by Xavier Delgado who finished with 11 points.
The Eagles will finish 2016 with their final game before the holiday break as they host winless Wheaton on Friday, Dec. 23. The Knights are 0-6 and are coming off a 64-61 loss to Einstein Wednesday night.
In other Seneca Valley basketball news, the girls’ team continues to search for their first win of the season. The Lady Eagles are 0-5 and lost a close game to Northwood Wednesday night 39-38.
Top: Seneca Valley senior Trevon Lucas (1) takes flight during Wednesday’s 77-35 victory over Northwood. Lucas had 14 points in the game.
Next: Screamin’ Eagles senior Brandon Simpson (3) shoots a three-pointer over Northwood’s Xavier Delgado (13). Simpson led all scorers with 17 points.
Next: Senior Tryan Crawford (5) grabs a rebound during Wednesday’s blow out over Northwood. Crawford would finish with four points
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