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Northwest Boys Defeat Watkins Mill 59-52 to Win Season Opener; Seneca Valley Girls Unbeaten

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 se