COLLEGE PARK – The University of Maryland hosted a basketball camp and games over the weekend. Here are some takeaways from some of the county’s teams. Hammond comes up big for the Crusaders Riverdale Baptist rising senior guard Deion Hammond was clearly the best player in this contest, as he scored a game-high 21 points […]
COLLEGE PARK – The University of Maryland hosted a basketball camp and games over the weekend. Here are some takeaways from some of the county’s teams.
Hammond comes up big for the Crusaders
Riverdale Baptist rising senior guard Deion Hammond was clearly the best player in this contest, as he scored a game-high 21 points in a 55-36 win over Eleanor Roosevelt.
Riverdale led the whole game, but Hammond started off especially strong by knocking down back-to-back threes. Big man Cyril Ogbuagu had an impressive performance, too. He finished with 16 points and snagged several strong rebounds.
Rising sophomore Ayan Teel was also an impact player for the Crusaders on the defensive end by causing turnovers and coming up with key steals to get out in transition.
“I think we will get along really well,” Hammond said. “We still have a lot of work to do, so we’re coming together slowly.”
Roosevelt senior Augustine Okafor finished with 12 points and 10 boards in his double-double performance.
Rising from the ranks of junior varsity to varsity, Barly Kanu got off to a quick start by knocking down two three-pointers and he got to the rim in transition, as did junior guard Jaden Faulkner.
“We have a lot to improve on, especially our help side defense. And we need to improve on our rebounding efforts,” Faulkner said
Okafor offered some insight as well.
“I mean, team chemistry is the key, and if we find our shooters in transition and transition back on defense, we will be fine,” he said. “I need to improve on my offensive aggression going into next season.”
Look for Perry Hall to make some noise
Rising senior guard James Rider played well for Perry Hall, scoring a game-high 20 points in helping his team earn a 47-32 victory over Bishop McNamara.
Rider was one of the top three-point shooters in Baltimore last year and he showed the crowd that on Saturday with a great shooting performance. Rider knocked down three shots from beyond the arch.
Both teams played the transition game really well. McNamara’s front court was headlined by the “Twin Towers” Makhi and Makhel Mitchell. The twins combined for 15 points and nine rebounds.
“We need to do a better job at running our offense and doing a better job of defending in transition,” said McNamara sophomore BJ Joyner. “All of my coaches tell me I will be having a big role next season. I have to be more aggressive offensively and be able to guard more positions defensively.”
Teammate Darryn Hylton talked about his upcoming sophomore season as well.
“Going into my first year of varsity, I feel like I need to work on my ability to defend high caliber guards, and my ability to knock down shots will be key for me also,” he said.
Capitol Beltway/WCAC Matchup
Bishop O’Connell rallied to defeat Capitol Christian 74-50. Rising junior Nate Watson came up huge for O’Connell after he recorded a double-double for the Knights and was nearly impossible to defend.
Watson holds an offer from the University of Maryland. He had a chance to play in front of the coaches he was familiar with and he shined.
The guard play between senior Matt Lewis and junior Xavier Johnson will be fun to watch as both of these guards are relentless at getting to the rim, and it showed in Saturday’s game against Capitol Christian.
On the other side, sophomore Judah Jordan played exceptionally well for Capitol Christian by scoring 15 points. Jordan knocked down shots from all over the court and created plays for his teammates by getting into the gaps and attacking.
Another guy whose name has yet to be mentioned, Kenneth Tyree from Capitol Christian, also played well. Tyree has a great burst of explosion when he’s headed to the rim.
Capitol Christian should be a fun team to watch next season as all the returning players and new additions should mesh together well.
“As a whole, I feel we need to improve on our team defense and our offensive structure,” Jordan said. “Chemistry is always a plus, so as the season goes on that will come along.”