After last year’s disappointing 7-14 season, the Northwest Jags began the 2017-2018 campaign with a gritty 59-52 victory over Watkins Mill.
In a game that showed both teams were still shaking off some rust from the off-season, the Jags were led by senior Norval Black who scored 25 points in the victory. Black hit five shots from beyond the arc, and five field goals to lead all scorers.
Neither team was able to break the 20 point mark in the first half; the Jags led 19-15 going into halftime. It was a gritty, physical game with offensive miscues forced on both teams throughout the game.
“This was a sloppy game on both ends,” said Northwest Head Coach Robert Smith. “I told them at halftime that it was one of worst first-halves I’ve seen, but at the same time, we held them to just 15 points. I don’t know if that was our defense or their offense. We did have some good opportunities to play defense, but we start out slow. We need to pick up the intensity. Overall, we can only go up from here.
The Jags were able to jump out to an early lead thanks to five 1st quarter points from junior Tyrone Mayer, and a timely three-pointer from fellow junior Anthony Fuentes. Mayer would finish the game with 10 points, on four field goals and two foul shots. Fuentes would add another field goal to finish with five points.
Watkins Mill would keep it close all game, thanks in large part Papito Kalabu, who scored 24 points, on five field goals, a three-pointer, and earning seven trips to the foul line. He made 11 of 14 shots to shot 79 percent from the charity stripe. Kalabu led the Wolverines in scoring.
The ‘Rines were able to tie the game at 26 with 2:48 in the third quarter, but on the Jags’ next possession senior Kolbey Woodard drained his only three-pointer of the game to put the Jags back on top. Woodard finished with 10 points on one field goal, one three-ball, and shooting six-for-five from the line.
With 6:18 remaining in the game, Watkins Mill had climbed back to trail 44-41, but a technical foul for some extracurricular pushing and shoving against the Wolverines put Woodard on the line to shoot two shots. He made them both and extended the lead to five points, and the Jags never looked back going on to win 59-52.
With the loss, Watkins Mill falls to 0-2. They will host winless Churchill on Monday. The Jags will host the 2-0 Magruder Colonels on Tuesday night. The Colonels are coming off two road wins, a 75-67 victory at Blair on Friday, and an 85-58 victory at Wootton on Tuesday, Dec. 5.
In other Germantown area basketball news, Seneca Valley has won its first two games of the season. Both games were road games, the Screamin’ Eagles defeated Kennedy 80-72 on Tuesday, Dec. 5 and followed that up with a 66-59 victory at Einstein on Friday night. The Eagles will host Wheaton on Tuesday in Germantown.
Also unbeaten this season is the Clarksburg Coyotes, who have earned two home victories. The first, a 59-47 victory over Urbana, which saw senior Stephen Armstrong lead all scorers with 24 points on five field goals and four three-pointers and two from the foul line.
On Friday, Clarksburg beat Damascus 81-58, and again Armstrong led all scorers with 17 points. The Coyotes will host Sherwood on Tuesday.
Seneca Valley Girls Win Two in a Row
The Seneca Valley girls’ basketball team, who suffered through a winless, 0-23 season last year have come out of the gate with two wins in a row. The Lady Eagles defeated Kennedy in a squeaker 52-50 victory on Tuesday night in Germantown and followed that up with another 52 point performance in a 52-30 victory over Einstein. They will travel to face Wheaton on Tuesday, Dec. 12.
The Lady Coyotes of Clarksburg are also unbeaten in the young season with victories over Urbana 48-41 on Tuesday, and Damascus 43-37 on Friday night. They will travel to Sherwood Tuesday.
The Lady Jags are also 1-1 with a 62-27 loss at Damascus on Tuesday night and a win at Watkins Mill, 48-42 on Friday night.
Top: Senior Norval Black (1) goes up for two of his 25 points in Friday’s victory over Watkins Mill.
Next: Junior Tyrone Mayer (32) skies for a layup during Friday’s game. He ended with 10 points in the game.
Video: Anthony Fuentes with a three-pointer to extend the lead early in the game.
Next: Senior Lameek Lumsden (23) with a floater during the Jags’ 59-52 victory over Watkins Mill.
Next: Senior Anthony Fuentes (2) with a layup.
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