Seneca Valley Stays “True 2 Drew” Returns to Xfinity Center and State Semi-Finals After Beating Tusc
Seneca Valley’s 47-42 overtime victory over Tuscarora in Saturday’s 3A West Region Championship game was one for the ages. The game which sends the Screamin’ Eagles to their second straight appearance in a Maryland State Semi-Final game was an instant classic, which will be remembered by everyone in the sold out David A. Young Gymnasium for years to come.
The beauty in sports often comes from unfortunate events, some events that can galvanize a team, electrify a school, and inspire a town. One such event happened in July of 2016, while swimming with friends in Lake Linganore, 18-year-old Andrew Dantzler — Drew to his friends —attempted to swim across the lake, in the middle of the lake he ran into trouble of some kind, he became fatigued and vanished beneath the surface of the lake.
Drew Dantzler, graduated from Seneca Valley on June 3, 2016, he was a member of the Screaming Eagle varsity basketball team which made a deep run into the Maryland State Playoffs last season culminating with a loss in the 3A State Semi-Final game.
Throughout that season, Dantzler, the senior, formed a close friendship with, then sophomore, Tristan Price. “Drew was my big brother,” said Price.
After Dantzler’s death, Price who had worn number 12 in his freshman and sophomore seasons asked the team if he could wear Dantzler’s number 2 as a way to honor his fallen brother. All the Eagles, including Head Coach Brian Humphrey, have been wearing Drew’s Number 2, on their warmup shirts. The team has adopted the motto “True2Drew” as their battle cry for this season. It is written throughout the number 2 on the warmup shirts.
“I got permission to wear his jersey,” said Price after Seneca Valley’s 47-42 victory over Tuscarora on Saturday afternoon.
A victory made possible due to Price’s ability to come through in the clutch. A victory which Price, wearing the Number 2, came through.
In a game which was a back-and-forth battle between two good teams in front of a sold-out and raucous gymnasium. Tuscarora was up by six points, 40-36, with one minute remaining in the game. Seneca Valley cut the lead to four points with a Brandon Simpson layup with 55 seconds remaining.
On the ensuing inbound pass, Seneca’s Trevon Lucas fouled Tuscarora’s Obadiah Noel, who makes the second of two free throws, to extend the lead to five points, 41-36.
On the next play, Tuscarora knocked the ball out of bounds at the Seneca Valley end line resulting in an inbound from the right of Seneca’s basket. Trevon Lucas would inbound the ball to Triston Price at the top of the key. Price would take a 3 pointer which would bounce off the rim and be tipped back to Seneca’s Kareem Matthew. Matthew would once again find an open Price at the head of the key. This time Price’s aim would be “True2Drew,” and he would nail a 3-pointer to cut the lead to two points with 33 seconds remaining.
After a Tuscarora timeout, Coach Humphrey would replace Price with senior Harold Dotson.