As the Montgomery County basketball season rounds the far turn and starts heading down the stretch for home, the three Germantown area boys’ teams are in good shape to make the second half of the season a wild one for area fans. The Northwest Jags are currently 8-1, the Clarksburg Coyotes are 8-3, and the Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles are 9-2 for the 2017-2018 season. (It should be noted that Gaithersburg is also 9-1.)
Winning records and all of those teams scheduled to play each other at least once more will make the coming weeks interesting on the area hardwood courts. The Gaithersburg Trojans, with a record of 9-1 currently sit
atop the 4A West division, followed closely by the Jags and the Coyotes. Richard Montgomery is fourth with a record of 6-3.
The Northwest Jaguars suffered their first loss of the season on Friday night at the hands of the Clarksburg Coyotes. The ‘Yotes and the Jags played to a 65-62 overtime final with Clarksburg earning their eighth win of the season.
Clarksburg was coming off of a 67-54 loss to 6-3 Richard Montgomery
While Northwest lead at halftime, the Coyotes held the Jags to just nine points in the third quarter which allowed them to come back. At the end of regulation both teams had 53.
Clarksburg was led by Stephan Armstrong who had 23 points, on six field goals, one three pointer. The senior shot 8-for-14 from the foul line. The Coyotes had two other plays in double-digits. Senior Raemond Thompson added 14 points, including three from beyond the arc and two field goals, and one from the foul line. While fellow senior Diven Wallington had 13 points, on three 3-pointers, a field goal, and 2-of-4 from the free point line.
In the overtime period, a three-pointer from senior Alex Behzadi, and two field goals from Armstrong, and senior Corey Bullington scoring his only points of the game on a bucket allowed the Coyotes to get past a tough Northwest team that had not lost all season.
The Jags were led by senior standout Norval Black who had 19 points on six field goals, one three-pointer and four foul shots. Fellow senior Kolbey Woodard and junior Tyrone Mayer both added nine points on four buckets and a foul shot.
The Jags came into last Friday’s game with Clarksburg with an unbeaten record, and coming off three wins in five days. The Jags defeated 5-5 Wootton by a score of 75-69 on Wednesday, Jan. 10, and a bested winless Damascus on Saturday, Jan. 6, 76-64. The Jags earned a victory over rival 5-7 Quince Orchard on Friday, Jan. 5.
Meanwhile, in the 3A West, Seneca Valley continues to roll. The Eagles are 9-2 and are on a six game winning streak with victories over Tuscarora and Magruder in the streak. The Eagles last loss was to Northwest back on December 15.
On Friday Jan 12, the Jags defeated Northwood 78-65. On Wednesday, Jan. 10, Seneca travelled to Damascus and beat their rivals 89-53 scoring 14 three-pointers. Mazae Blake, the sophomore transfer from Columbia, SC. Had 25 points and senior Harold Dotson had a season high 19 points, while fellow senior Triston Price had a season high seven steals.
All three Germantown area teams have big games coming up:
On Tuesday, Jan. 16:
The Jags will travel to Gaithersburg to play at 7:15 pm.
The Coyotes will host Quince Orchard at 7:15 pm.
The Eagles will host Blake at 7:15 pm.
On Thursday, Jan. 18:
The Jags will host Richard Montgomery at 7:15 pm.
The Coyotes will host Gaithersburg at 7:15 pm.
On Friday, Jan. 19
The Eagles will host Poolesville at 7:15 pm.
The Jags will host Blake at 7:15 pm.
On Tuesday, Jan. 23:
The Jags will host Clarksburg in a rematch at 7:15 pm.
The Eagles will travel to play Rockville at 7:15 pm.
Top: Northwest's Kolbey Woodard (3) claps for Norval Black's three-quarter court buzzer beater at the end of the first period of Friday night's match-up against Quince Orchard.
Next: Quince Orchard's Daniel Dorsey (2) and Northwest's Lameek Lumsden (23) at the tip-off of Friday night's game at Northwest.
Video: Lameek Lumsden’s 3-pointer extends the NW lead over Wootton to 48-41
Next: The Jaguars' Norval Black (1) drives past Quince Orchard's Noah Adnan (12).
Next: Northwest's James Assiongbon (4) and Kolbey Woodard (3) put the pressure on the Cougars' Jack Faraone (4).
Photos by Kim Grimes for Germantown Pulse.
Video courtesy Northwest High School.