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Seneca Valley Advances in Playoffs After Beating Urbana

Tuesday night’s Seneca Valley versus Urbana playoff basketball game was sort of a homecoming in reverse for Seneca’s Trevon Lucas. Lucas grew up in Germantown but moved to Frederick County when he was to begin high school. He attended Urbana and played basketball with the Hawks for three years.

Last summer, he moved back to Germantown and began attending Seneca Valley, and quickly became a starter on the Screamin’ Eagles varsity squad.

On Tuesday night, Lucas stepped up and turned in one of his better performances of the year. He led Seneca Valley with 19 points to help Seneca beat Urbana 70-58 and advance to the next round of the 3A West playoffs. Seneca now 22-1 this season, will host another Frederick County team in 22-2 Oakdale on Thursday night in Germantown.

“Yeah, there was a little extra motivation going into this game,” said Lucas. “Knowing that I was playing against a bunch of people that I had been playing with since ninth grade.”

The senior had nine points in the fourth quarter as Seneca Valley began to pull away from Urbana after a game that had been nip and tuck with six lead changes in the first three-quarters. It was Lucas’ nine in the final period including making three of four from the foul line in the fourth, which allowed the Eagles to advance to the next round.

“At first it was a little awkward being on the opposite side of them, but after a while, it just became a normal basketball game,” said Lucas. “There was a little trash talk,” he said, but the senior laughed it off, “that is just basketball.”

“He was ready to go for sure,” said Seneca Valley Head Coach Brian Humphrey. “I thought Tre had an excellent mindset going into to tonight especially in the second half he grabbed a couple of huge rebounds for us. I thought we had an advantage in the second half, and he did an excellent job and finishing strong and helping to put the game away.”

Early in the game, Seneca seemed to struggle to get their vaunted defense going, and allowed Urbana — who came into the game with a record of just 8-15-2 — to take the big home Germantown crowd out of the game for most of the first half. Seneca led by one point 19-18 after the first and would go up by as many as five points, but the Hawks would reel them in and either tie the game or take a one point lead. However, the Eagles always found a way to retake the lead within a possession or two.