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4A Semifinal

#14 Old Mill Patriots (22-4) v #41 Bladensburg Mustangs (14-12)

Coaches; OM Mike Francis 4th season 70-27 B Antonio Williams

Final 4 history; OM 5th trip, last was '10, finishing as runner-up B 

Vs MPSSAA top 25, 50, 80*; OM 1-3, 10-4, 14-4 Pats rank #1 in top 80 wins (top 40%) B 2-8, 6-11, 6-11

Patriots key wins; Beat Annapolis for a second time in the regional final, beat southern, beat Woodlawn, 63-58, at Mayors Academy, beat Meade twice, beat Glen Burnie twice, beat North County twice

Mustangs key wins; Bowie 68-55 12/19, @DuVal 80-67 1/16, DuVal 80-66 1/30, Eleanor Roosevelt 83-81 in sectional final, @DuVal 79-69 in regional final

Patriots losses; Great Mills 76-75 12/5, River Hill 53-44 12/20, @Meade 53-44 1/11, Dunbar 48-32 at Mayors Academy 1/13

Mustangs losses; @Wilson DC, @Wise, Rock Creek Christian, Woodlawn, Friendship Tech, Pallotti, @Laurel, Laurel, @Northwestern, @Eleanor Roosevelt, Wise, Flowers

Strength of schedule - MPSSAA; OM 23rd B The Mustangs rank 6th in the MPSSAA in SOS, playing 10 top 25 teams

Streak; OM The Patriots have won 14 straight since losing to Dunbar B The Mustangs have a season-high 5 game winning streak

Road/Neutral; OM 11-2 B 7-9

Off/Def; OM Off 63.3 Def 49.5, B Off 64.7 Def 64.6 The Mustangs have scored 1,682 points, allowed 1,680, for a +2 point differential, their win margin over Eleanor Roosevelt

Old Mill

24 Avion Robinson 5'11 JR - Patriots leading scorer, scored 21 of his 24 points in the 4th quarter of regional final

4 Hollique Smith-Johnson 6'7 SR - Pats second leading scorer, leading rebounder, top interior defender

10 Mahzi Thames 6'1 SR - Transfer from Meade

3 Daevone Johnson 6'2 JR - Scored a team-high 27 points v Annapolis in regional final

Bladensburg

1 Daniel Oladapo 6'7 SR - 23.1 ppg, 10.0 rpg/ 58% FG One of the top players in the MPSSAA

0 Tyshaun Walker 6'1 JR - 13.4 ppg, combo guard, good defender

11 Tyriq McAdoo 6'5 SR - 11.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg, point guard

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Its been 40 years since Thurl Bailey and Bladensburg made the first of a two year run to College Park. Thurl, then the third best big recuit in the country, behind Ralph Sampson and Sam Bowie, couldn't find glory (that'd come later) with the Mustangs, and they haven't been back since. Thurl would go on to team up with DeMatha guards Derek Whittenburg and Sidney Lowe and lead Jimmy V's Wolfpack to a March Madness miracle, four years later.

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3A Semifinal

#1 Poly Engineers (19-6) v #39 Decatur Seahawks (18-7)

Coaches; P Sam Brand 4th season 67-30 1 state title, 2 regional titles, 2 league titles D Byron 'BJ' Johnson 5th season 84-42 3 regional titles

Final 4 history; P 3rd trip, '13 and '17 D 17th trip, 1 state title ('70), 4 runner-ups 

Vs MPSSAA top 25, 50, 80* P 7-6, 8-6, 13-6  D 0-3, 1-5, 2-5

Engineers key wins; Perry Hall 72-63 12/13, Riverdale Baptist 81-57 12/27, Edmondson 75-42 2/2, Mount Carmel 73-60 2/3, Dunbar 65-61 2/12, Dunbar 64-47 City title game, @Potomac 61-58 sectional final, Great Mills 60-54 regional final

Seahawks key wins; JM Bennett 76-48 2/, Centennial 60-51 regional final

Engineers losses; Olympic NC 45-41 12/28, St Frances 65-57 1/15, @Lake Clifton 38-34 1/19, Simeon IL 71-64 1/21, John Carroll 75-67 1/30, Wilson DC 56-53 1/10

Seahawks losses; St Georges Tech DE 62-29 12/28, Lake Taylor VA 88-39 12/29, Wicomico 76-74, Woodbridge VA 62-56, Snow Hill 57-50, @Wicomico 58-55, JM Bennett 73-63

Strength of Schedule - MPSSAA; P 1st The Engineers have the toughest strength of schedule in the MPSSAA D The Hawks have only played 4 games v top 50 - WiHi twice, Lake Taylor VA, Centennial

Streak; P Engineers have won 7 in a row, last 5, all v top 50 D The Seahawks have won 6 straight since 3 point loss to WiHi

Road/neutral; P 9-3 D 8-4

Off/Def; P Off Def D Off Def

Poly

1 Demetrius Mims 6'5 SR - Long Beach State commit, 18.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, senior leader, Poly's #2 all-time leading scorer

3 Justin Lewis 6'7 SO - 17.1 ppg, 11.6 rpg, 36 points v Dunbar in City title game, has offers from Maryland, Georgetown, TCU, and Kansas State, among others

12 Rahim 'Ra Ra' Ali 5'11 SO - Engineers 3rd leading scorer, started in last years Final 4 as a freshman

2 Cleveland Horton 6'0 SR - One of the top perimeter defenders in the state, transferred from Mt Hebron, 2 years ago

Decatur

1 Kevon Voyles 6'1 SR - Bayside Will be named Bayside Player of the Year, averages 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists, scored 38 points in regional final win over Centennial, UMES commit

32 Churchill Bounds 6'10 SO - Holds a UMES offer as a sophomore

2 Tah'jeem Woodland 5'11 SR - Started in Final 4 last year

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De'Vondre Perry had one of the best Final 4 performances last year in my 40 years of watching the MPSSAA Final 4. Perry shot 13-19, 6-10 from 3, and scored 33 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and had 4 assists in the semifinal win over Decatur. In the 65-64 win over Potomac in the state final, Perry scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. While his number two, Demetrius Mims had struggles getting buckets to drop, shooting 8-29 in the two Final 4 games, Perry showed out, finishing with 56 points, on 56% shooting from both the field and the three-point area, grabbed 25 rebounds, and dished out 7 assists, leading Poly to its first state title.

 

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Mamba you are the man on this shhh

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9 hours ago, bleedingorangeandblack said:

Mamba you are the man on this shhh

Thanks, Orange & Black.

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Just now, themamba said:

Thanks, Orange & Black.

Havent seen a HS game in years but reading your breakdowns is as good as it gets

 

Thanks 

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3A Semifinal

#2 Milford Mill Millers (21-3*) v #11 Thomas Johnson Patriots (23-3)

Coaches; MMA Ryan Smith 4th season 66-28 1st regional title TJ John Manley 10th season at TJ, 100-128 at TJ

Final 4 history; MMA 15th trip to the Final 4, 6 state titles, last trip - '14 TJ 15th trip to the Final 4, 7 state titles, last trip - '02

Vs MPSSAA top 25, 50, 80* MMA 8-3, 9-3, 11-3, 8 top 25 wins are most in MPSSAA TJ 0-2, 2-2, 7-2 Patriots only 2 top 25 wins were to Linganore

Millers key wins; Gerstell 75-59 12/5, Woodlawn 65-60 12/20, @Dulaney 63-58 1/10, @New Town 75-73 1/17, Woodlawn 73-63 in regional final, Dundalk twice, including 87-69 victory in regional final

Patriots key wins; Linganore 51-40 12/22, @Tuscarora 65-57 1/5, Walkersville 60-49 1/12, @Linganore 57-52 1/31, Tuscarora 61-47 2/28, Rockville 64-51 in regional final

Millers losses; Dunbar 57-51 1/13, @Edmondson 56-53, Dundalk - forfeit, after winning 64-56 on the court

Patriots losses; @Oakdale 77-60 12/5, @Watkins Mill 56-45 12/14, Oakdale 66-61 in CMC title game

Strength of schedule - MPSSAA; MMA 14th Millers 11 games v top 25 ranks 3rd in MPSSAA TJ 63rd Pats only top 25 games were pair v Oakdale

Streak; MMA Millers have won 14 straight on the court TJ Patriots have won 21 of 22, with loss to Oakdale in CMC title game

Road/Neutral; MMA 11-2 TJ 9-3

Off/Def; MMA Off 71.0 7th in MPSSAA TJ Def 48.7

Milford Mill

15 Jordan Goodwin 6'2 SR - Scored 33 v Dundalk in regional final, 25 v Woodlawn in sectional final, 19.4 ppg, former SFA Panther

1 Ugo Obasi 6'4 SR - Scored 21 (5 3's) v Woodlawn in sectional final, 15.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, 41% 3-pt

5 Eric Turner 6'5 SR - Scored 22 points grabbed 10 rebounds in regional final, 25/7 v Dulaney, 10.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg

3 Ahmed Milton 5'10 SR - Millers floor general, averages 7 assists per game

Thomas Johnson

23 Braxton Foreman 6'4 SR - Pats leading scorer, 14.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.3 spg, 48% FG, formerly of St Maria Goretti

10 JR Powe 6'3 JR - Pats 2nd leading scorer, rebounding leader, 14.0 ppg, 10.1 rpg, scored 22 points, 9 rebounds in regional final

0 Richard Rivas 5'9 JR - 12.7 ppg, 2.7 apg, scored 22 points, 15 in the second half in regional final

21 Brendan Commander 6'6 SR - 7.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg

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It may not seem like it, but Milford Mill and Thomas Johnson are about as close to royalty as far as MPSSAA boys basketball goes. Surely everyone knows the Dunbar Poets reign in the royalty department, but it can be easily argued that the Millers and Patriots rank among the top 4 or 5 all-time in MPSSAA history.

The Patriots have won the most state titles in MPSSAA history in the two top classifications, with 7. The Millers 6 state titles rank 5th all-time, since the MPSSAA has played in its current four classification format, dating back to 1961, with 6. 

Both the Millers and Patriots are making their 15th trip to the Final 4, all since 1960, which ranks tied for 6th most over the last 59 seasons in the MPSSAA.

The Patriots made all 14 of their trips in a 28 year period from '75-02, during Coach Tom Dickman's 29 year career ('74-02) at TJ. Dickman won 592 games, 18 league titles, 14 regional titles, and 7 state titles with the Patriots. Dickman retired as the winningest coach in MPSSAA history, since passed by Annapolis coach John Brady, and subsequently by Wicomico coach Butch Waller.

Milford Mill made 4 of 5 Final 4's from '10-14, winning 3 state titles - '10, '11, '13. Despite not having advanced to the Final 4 since 2014, the Millers 3 state titles since 2010 still ranks tops in the MPSSAA over that time.

The Millers only two losses on the court came at the Mayors Academy - a 2 possesion loss to Dunbar, and a 1 possession loss to Edmondson.

The Patriots finished 1-22, 4 years ago.

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After 1, MMA 15 TJ 11

Pats started out with a 5-0 run, while the Millers Goodwin and Carter were not in the starting lineup. Both checked in at 5:51, and the Millers went on a 13-3 run. Rivas hit a 3 to stop the bleeding, before the Millers Woods slammed home a dunk with 2 seconds remaining. Millers are controlling the boards. Obasi with 5 for the Millers. Foreman with 5 for the Pats.

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Milford Mill 30 Thomas Johnson 27 H

Obasi, the Millers leading scorer thus far, with 11 points, picked up his 3rd foul with 1:51 left in the half, after checking in for Milton after the point guard picked up his second. The Patriots began the period with a 15-8 start, before Obasi's third three and a Millers 7-1 finish to the half. Obasi leads the Millers with 11 points. Foreman leads the Pats with 12 points. Woods has been a force for the Millers on the glass, with 6 rebounds.

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MMA 50 TJ 34 3rd 2:21 

Pats are falling apart, and the Millers are running away with it. Turner has scored 10 points in the first 5:17 of the third. Since trading 5 points each to begin the third, the Millers are on a 15-2 run.

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After 3, MMA 52 TJ 43

Pats finish third with 9-2 spurt.

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MMA 62 TJ 58 4th 1:27

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MMA 68 TJ 59 F

MMA hods on. TJ had a chance to cut it to 3 with a minute to go, but missed the second of 2 foul shots. Ugo Obasi and Eric Turner each scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Braxton Foreman led the Pats with 17 points, but went scoreless over the last 14 minutes.

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Poly pummeling Decatur, 38-19, at half. Mims with 12 points. Walker with 8 rebounds. Voyles with 8 for the Seahawks.

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Poly 63 Decatur 46 F

No struggles for Mims today, as he pours in 30 points to become Poly's all-time leading scorer in the rout. He also added 9 rebounds.

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Perry Hall 44 Gaithersburg 30 H

Holley with 13 for the Gators. Trojans can't stop Triple H. Too big, too long. The two Trojans freshmen have combined for 21 of the Trojans 30 points.

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Perry Hall 85 Gaithersburg 62

The Gators had 4 scorers with 15 points or more, not including La'Quill Hardnett, who finished with 9 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists. The Gators shot 51% from the floor.

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Bladensburg 33 Old Mill 23 H

Oladapo hasn't been the scoring machine he is, 3 others lead the 'Cinderello' Mustangs with 7 points each, yet the 'Stangs have a 10 point lead over Old Mill, 33-23, going into intermission.

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Bladensburg 69 Old Mill 53

Oladapo broke open a 5 point game heading into the fourth, and finished the fourth quarter just as he finished the third, with buckets. Oladapo finished with a game-high 27 points, 22 coming in the second half, 14 in the fourth. This is the Mustangs 40th anniversary of playing in their last title game, in '78.

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The Mustangs came into the playoffs at 10-12. They started 1-9, playing a brutal schedule. I had them at #19, pre-season, and that was after the news of Sherwyn Dervonish transferring to Wise. Dervonish led Wise in scoring this season, averaging 19 per game. 

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Notes on the 3A semifinals.

Milford Mill-Thomas Johnson

Of the 4 games today, this was the marquee, with the #2 Millers, having lost just twice on the court this season, by a total of 3 possessions at the Mayors Academy, and the #11 Patriots, who went 23-1 v everyone not named Oakdale.

Early on, it was a competitive game, with a 3 point Millers lead at halftime. Though Goodwin never really got loose, Obasi provided the scoring in the first half, matching the Patriots talented 6'4 Foreman, who was carrying the heavy load for the Pats in the first half.

But in the second half, the Millers Carter got loose, scoring 15 of his 20 points after intermission. The Millers shot 56% from the field in the second half, and after Foreman scored the first 5 points for the Patriots in the third session, he never scored again. 

Foreman, the Patriots best player, had only 8 shot attempts, hitting 5, including 3-5 from 3, and all 4 of his foul shots, to finish with 17 points. But the Millers never made it easy for him, and never made it easy for his teammates to get it to him.

The Millers had the better team, with Goodwin (14 pts), Obasi and Carter, 3 of the best 4 players on the court, along with Foreman, and the big Woods (9 reb, 6 off) and the little Milton (4 ast) doing their thing. Obasi, who scored 20 points and had 7 rebounds like Carter did, shot 8-14 from the floor, 3-7 from 3. Carter shot 7-10.

Rivas and Powe had decent games for the Patriots, with Rivas scoring 15 points, and Powe scoring 12 points and grabbing 9 rebounds, but shot 5-13 and 4-13, respectively.

The Millers outscored the Patriots 37-14 in the paint. The Patriots had zero fastbreak points.

The Millers have won 15 straight on the court, and now sets up a #1 v #2 3A state final game, Saturday.

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Poly-Decatur

It was the D Mims Show. Mims became Poly's all-time leading scorer early in the fourth quarter, before he finished the night with 30 points, on 11-19 shooting, 2-3 from 3, 6-7 from the line, with 2 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal.

The Seahawks were outmatched, though they boast an All-State nominee in guard Kevon Voyles.

Voyles finished the night with 19 points, adding 6 rebounds, but was held to 6-20 shooting, and 2-10 from 3, by the Engineers.

Aside from Mims, the Engineers shot 12-39 from the floor, 4-15 from 3, 5 for 9 at the line. But Decatur could get nothing going on, as the rest of the Seahawks could only add 9 field goals to Voyles 6.

The Engineers led by as much as 27 in the third quarter, and by that time, a meeting with Milford Mill on Saturday, to defend their 3A state title, was academic.

It will be interesting to see what Lewis does on Saturday, as he scored just 3 field goals today. He did haul in 12 rebounds.

Can't ask for a better title game than #1 v #2.

 

 

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TJ ran nothing on offense or was MM that tough defensively?

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The Millers defense was solid, but the Patriots didn't seem to find a solution to get Foreman the ball. It was a lot of Rivera penetrating, or getting it to Foreman 28 feet from the basket. The Pats had little ball movement, as shown by their 5 total assists in the game. They also never stopped the bleeding drom a Millers 20-7 run to begin the second half to give them a 50-34 lead. Still, the Patriots were a missed free throw from cutting it to one possession with a minute to play.

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Thoughts on 4A

Perry Hall-Gaithersburg

The Gators were just too big, too long, and too big. The Gators finished with more offensive rebounds than the Trojans had defensive rebounds, 22-18, outrebounding their MoCo opponents, 56-32, in all.

In addition, the Trojans couldn't stop the Gators, who shot 33-65 (51%) from the floor. The Gators outscored the Trojans 59-28 in the paint. Taking away their dismal 4-24 shooting from three, the Gators shot 29-41 (74%) inside the arc.

The Trojans were just out-gunned, with their two best players just freshman - Ituku and Hawkins. The pair scored more than half of the Trojans points. Both found a little bit of foul trouble, too, trying to contain the Gators size and length. Ituku finished with 18 points, on 9-14 shooting, and added 8 rebounds. Hawkins finished with 14 points, hitting 3 of 5 threes.

If Ituku and Hawkins stay with the Trojans, they'll be a force for the next three years.

The Gators shot 16-27 in the first half, while holding a block party in the second half, recording 6 of their 9 blocked shots. The Trojans shot 8-16 in the first quarter, 16-41, the rest of the way.

Tyler Holley posted his third efficient game in as many games on the XFinity court, picking up where he left last year. Including the Gators pair of Final 4 games last year, and the one last night, Holley has been the Gators leading scorer, with 52 points (17.3 ppg), on 17-24 (71%) shooting, with 14 rebounds, in 71 minutes. 

The Trojans would have loved to have 6'6 225 Kendrick Tchoua, the former Trojans junior, who moved to New York state this year for his senior season, playing for North Salem. In a playoff game last Friday, Tchoua scored 36 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in a win over Woodland. On Saturday, he was at practice. By Monday, he'd moved back to Gaithersburg, and North Salem got beat by 40+ that night.

 

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