Largo High School forward Abdul Bundu came into Monday night’s game against the Potomac Wolverines as the leading scorer in Prince George’s County basketball at 35 points per game. On Monday night however, Bundu dominated the glass as he grabbed 18 rebounds to go along with 19 points and five blocks to lead Largo past […]
Largo High School forward Abdul Bundu came into Monday night’s game against the Potomac Wolverines as the leading scorer in Prince George’s County basketball at 35 points per game.
On Monday night however, Bundu dominated the glass as he grabbed 18 rebounds to go along with 19 points and five blocks to lead Largo past Potomac 60-51.
“He was effective in so many ways tonight. We tell him at the level he’s at right now he has to be able to do more than one thing. He really controlled the boards for us,” said Largo head coach Lewis Howard. “He has four people on him at times they’re touching him putting their body on him and that just goes to his preparation. What he has done to prepare himself as a basketball player and the work he has put in this offseason, I can’t stress the work he put in during the offseason enough to prepare himself for a 22-23 game season.”
Potomac got off to a hot start after David Rose a 3-pointer from the corner to give the team an 11-1 lead. Largo responded with a 23-4 run to end the quarter that was sparked when Isaiah Boggs forced a steal and then threw down a two-handed dunk in transition. Largo led 24-15 after the first quarter.
As the second quarter began Bundu began to make his presence felt on the offensive side of the ball. Bundu made his first field goal of the game on a layup as he was fouled. On the next play Bundu came down and made an off-balance runner to give the Lions a 29-19 lead.
Largo made three of its final four free throws to end the half and went into halftime with a 34-21 lead.
The Lions continued their great play to start the second half. The Lions extended its lead to 19 after Bundu threw down a dunk to make the score 45-26.
“After my sophomore year I started realizing the fouling and double teams were only going to be harder so I just got used to it,” said Bundu. “Every time you throw four at me I’m not worried about it, you can’t beat me to the glass I’m just that confident. I’m going to get my rebounds and I’m going to do what I do best and that’s rebound.”
Then Randall Broddie of Potomac, who is committed to Memphis University, caught fire. Broddie scored nine points in the quarter while dishing out several assists to cut the Largo’s lead to just two points. Isaiah Hamilton of Largo made two free throws at the end of the quarter to help the team hold on to a slim 47-43 run going into the final quarter.
“We’ve had some tragedies and injuries so we’ve had to move some players up (from junior varsity) and I feel their youth and energy helped us get back into the game,” said Potomac head coach Renard Johnson. “He’s (Randall Broddie) taking the challenge on, he realized once we brought these young guys up in order for him to leave a legacy he has to now build the younger guys up and that’s what he’s consciously doing.”
The Lions started the fourth quarter on a 7-2 run that extended its lead 54-45 after Bundu made a pair of free throws.
Broddie made two free throws towards the end of the game to bring the Wolverines closer, but it was too late as the Lions tacked on two layups to finish the game and improve to 9-2 on the season.
While Largo has leaned on Bundu many times this season to pull out victories, Howard said he realizes how valuable a team victory like Monday’s night can be for his team later on in the year.
“Down the stretch because everybody knows Abdul is there,” Howard. “So it’s about having everyone else on our team being a team. I told them in the locker room this was a total team win because everybody contributed in the way that they could.”