The Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles have a tough task ahead of them. They are attempting to three-peat as regional champs and head back to the Xfinity Center in College Park for the third straight year after losing a number of talented starters to graduation.
However, the Seneca Valley and Head Coach Brian Humphrey are not without talent. There are six seniors on the team, three of which saw significant time last year as the Eagles made a deep run into the postseason. Seneca has come out of the gate in good form in the early going of the 2017-2018 season, winning three straight.
“We have a couple of guys that have been here for a while and have experience,” said Humphrey after Tuesday night’s 78-52 victory in the Eagles home opener against Wheaton. “Triston Price, Harold Dotson, and Legend have a lot of playing experience. Triston has been a four-year varsity player for us. They have really stepped up and taken over as the leadership of this team. You can see it in practice.”
Indeed, that experience and talent was on display Tuesday night as Price scored 32 points against the Knights. Price had 10 points from field goals, and 15 points from beyond the arc, and was a perfect seven-for-seven from the foul line.
The game was close in the early going as the first quarter ended with Seneca holding a three-point lead thanks in part to a trio of three-pointers from Price in the quarter. The Eagles began to pull away in the second quarter, again it was Price leading the way with 12 points in the second stanza.
In the second half, a Seneca Valley newcomer made his presence known. As sophomore Mazae Blake added 14 points to continue to extend the lead. Blake, a transfer from South Carolina has been an unexpected surprise for Coach Humphrey.
“(Mazae) has been an excellent addition to our team,” said Humphrey. Blake opened his Seneca Valley career with a 35 point performance in the opening night road victory over Kennedy. The Eagles won 80-72 that night. “Kennedy was in their patented 1-3-1, and he just kept hitting three-pointers. He is an excellent basketball player who moved here about two weeks before basketball practice started. He was certainly a nice addition.”
Blake scored 14 points on two three-pointers, three field goals, and shot two-for-three from the foul line in second half of the Wheaton game. The only other Eagle in double-digits was Harold Dotson with 10 points, on three field goals, one three-pointer, and a foul shot.
Wheaton was led by Julius Ogunde with 18 points, Adwin Paul with 13 points, and Thomas Getahun with 11 points in a losing effort. The Knights fall to 1-2 on the season.
The unbeaten Eagles, at 3-0, will travel to Northwest to take on cross-town rivals the unbeaten Jaguars, at 2-0, on Friday night. The Battle of Germantown will be a double-header with the boys playing at 5:30 pm and the girls will play at 7:15 pm. The Jags earned a road win over Magruder Tuesday night 65-58 to remain unbeaten in the early going this season.
On the girls’ side of things, the Lady Eagles dropped their first game of the season on the road to Wheaton, 47-39, to fall to 2-1. The Lady Jags defeated Magruder 53-49 to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Top: Senior Triston Price (2) drives to the basket for two of his 32 points in Tuesday night’s victory over Wheaton, which kept the Eagles unbeaten streak alive this young season.
Next: Senior Harold Dotson (11) had 10 points in Tuesday’s game.
Next: Seneca Valley newcomer Mazae Blake (5) with a pull-up jumper. The transfer from South Carolina has become a starter on the team after moving to Germantown two weeks before the basketball season started. The sophomore had 14 points in the win over Wheaton and made his debut as an Eagle with a 35 point game in the season opener at Kennedy.
Next: Junior Steve Dogbo (34) works the ball down low. He added six points in Tuesdays win over the Knights.
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