The Richard Montgomery Rockets came into the Northwest gym Monday night with an unbeaten record while averaging 70 points per game in wins over the top five teams in Montgomery County. However, the Jags who came into the game just 3-3 and averaging just 59 points per game, gave RM all they could handle in an overtime thriller in Germantown.
Alas, the Rockets were able to hold off Northwest and win 75-73.
The Jags came out on fire scoring 22 points in the first quarter while holding the Rockets to just five points. The Jags were led early by junior Marcus Stubbs who had 10 of his 19 points in the first stanza to give Northwest a 17 point lead at the first break.
The Rockets steadied the ship in the second quarter holding the Jags to just 11 while scoring 17 points to cut the Northwest lead to 11 at the half. The Rockets were led by sophomore Ryan Cornish who had 24 points on five field goals, two three-pointers, and he shot eight for eight from the foul line.
“We were playing good defense to start,” said Northwest Head Coach James DeBuchananne. “We gave up few points at the end of the second half which hurt us and let them get back into the game. On our offensive end, we were getting buckets and drawing fouls in the first half, but in the second half we didn’t get as many foul calls, but we were able to hit a few threes to keep us in it.”
The Jags hit threes — 13 three-pointers for 39 of the 73 points. The Jags connected on four three-point shots in the second half and four in the five-minute overtime. Senior Shahab Mastori hit six threes, two in overtime. He finished with 19.
Northwest had four players shooting in double-digits. Both Mastori and Stubbs had 19 points, while seniors Tyrone Mayer added 13 points and Anthony Fuentes had 10 points.
Northwest made 20 of 29 from the foul line, shooting 69 percent in the game.
The Rockets came out of half and continued to turn things around scoring 26 points, including four long-balls. The scoring attack was led by senior Miles Gally who finished the game with 21 points on four field goals, four three-balls, and shot one of two from the line.
Despite scoring 26 in the third quarter, RM still trailed Northwest by three-points, 50-47, at the end of the quarter. The Jags scored 17 in third.
The Rockets began to turn things around in the fourth quarter. RM scored 14 points while holding Northwest to 11 points in the fourth. The Rockets converted eight of 10 free throws in the fourth to help force the tie game.
With 5:43 remaining Richard Montgomery took the lead 55-54 for the first time in the game. The Rockets would go on a mini-scoring run and extend the lead to 61-56 with 2:48 remaining, however, the Jags were not done.
After a missed three-pointer from Fuentes, Tyrone Mayer was able to collect the rebound and lay in a shot to cut the lead to 61-58. The Jags would get a stop at the other end. The next trip up the court would end with Mastori draining his fourth three-pointer of the game from right in front of the Jags’ bench to tie the game at 61.
The Jags would do all their damage from beyond the arc in the extra period, draining four three-pointers — two from Mastori and one each from Fuentes and Mayer —to score 12 points, but Richard Montgomery 14 points from four players in overtime including four points from Cornish to take the 75-73 victory.
“We gave an all-out effort,” said DeBuchananne. “That [Richard Montgomery] is a good team. I was proud of the way our guys played. We maybe could have done a couple of things better throughout the game and in late game situations. It was a well-played game by both teams, I would have liked to come out on top, but I can’t fault our guys’ effort.”
The Rockets remain unbeaten after escaping Germantown with the overtime win and will travel to face 4-5 Clarksburg on Wednesday and then 3-3 Wootton on Friday night. The Jaguars fall to 3-4 and will the opposite. Northwest will travel to play Wootton on Wednesday before hosting Clarksburg on Friday night.
Top: Northwest senior Shahab Mastori (1) takes a three-pointer to tie the game in the fourth quarter. He would finish with 19 points, making six from beyond the arc.
Next: Northwest senior Tyrone Mayer Jr. (32) puts back a rebound over the outstretched hand of RM defender Miles Gally (33) to cut the late Rocket lead to 58-61 in the fourth quarter.
Next: Mastori (1) hits his second three-pointer of the overtime period to cut the RM lead to two points with just seven seconds remaining.
Photos by Germantown Pulse