LARGO – The Largo High School boys’ basketball team erupted for 32 points in the third quarter and pulled away from visiting Potomac High School in an 81-52 victory on Tuesday evening. Largo (16-2 overall) and Potomac had played to a 17-17 draw in the first quarter and the Lions managed to gain a 32-29 […]
LARGO – The Largo High School boys’ basketball team erupted for 32 points in the third quarter and pulled away from visiting Potomac High School in an 81-52 victory on Tuesday evening.
Largo (16-2 overall) and Potomac had played to a 17-17 draw in the first quarter and the Lions managed to gain a 32-29 lead at the break while forcing the Wolverines to commit eight straight turnovers to start the second period. But the Lions forged a commanding lead in the third quarter behind Abdulai Bundu, who scored 16 of his game-high 27 points in the third quarter and ended it with his first 3-point field goal of the season.
“He had kind of a quiet first half, but he made up for it in the third quarter,” said Largo coach Lewis Howard, who was mistakenly identified as former coach Louis Wilson in the pre-game introductions. “He really stepped up in the third quarter, but it all stemmed from our defensive pressure. We seemed a little flat early after playing last night, but we picked up the defensive intensity in the second half.”
Largo scored as many points in the third quarter as it had in the entire first half when Francis Hawkins had two 3-pointers and John Nwokoro and Bundu each had one. Largo scored the first 11 points of the third quarter to extend its lead to 43-29 as Hawkins hit a pair of long-range jumpers and Nwokoro had another. Bundu added his at the buzzer quite by accident, picking up a loose ball just beyond the half court line and banking it home from 35 feet away to extend the Lions’ lead to 64-35.
“Francis and John hit some good shots to get us started,” Howard said. “But Abdulai’s wasn’t planned by any means. That was definitely the first one he’s had all season. He usually never touches the ball that far from the basket.”
Potomac (5-10) has struggled throughout the season to form any offensive cohesiveness and one of its top scorers, Kaine Wilson, transferred to Parkdale last month. The youthful Wolverines stayed close to the Lions despite their sloppy play in the first half and even after Largo’s third-quarter outburst capped by the unplanned three-pointer by Bundu, the visitors did not roll over the fourth quarter.
“Right now we have a lot of new faces on the team,” said Potomac coach Renard Johnson. “We brought up six guys from junior varsity, so I’m still trying to learn everyone’s name. I thought we did a good job in the first half on their big guy [Bundu]. He’s tough for any team to defend. Their defensive pressure was a big factor in the third quarter and [Bundu] had a big quarter.”
Potomac may have had little chance of overcoming the 29-point deficit it faced at Largo on Tuesday, but the Wolverines continued to shoot from long range. In fact, Karon Green connected on three, three-pointers in the fourth quarter and Jamar Marrow added another. David Rose added two buckets and two free throws, but the Wolverines never got any closer than 21 points.
“Really, I thought it all started with our defense tonight,” Howard said. “We picked up the intensity in the second quarter and the second half and we were able to limit their points inside.”