OXON HILL – In the regular season finale for both boys high school basketball teams, Potomac defeated Central 66-43 for their 10th consecutive victory.
Although the score did not show it, Central started the game as the aggressors. The Falcons came out and played well on both ends of the court, which led to an early 9-2 run.
Potomac seemed surprised and caught off guard as they took an early timeout and tried to regroup. Out of the timeout, Potomac looked like a completely different team as they went on a 13-0 run and made a 15-9 run. Senior shooting guard Santana Williams led the charge off the bench, who hit three-straight 3-pointers during that span.
Williams was the X-factor as he finished with a game-high of 21 points, to go along with six rebounds and two steals. After that run, Potomac never trailed again in the game.
In the second quarter, Central kept the game remotely close as did not let Potomac pull away. Each time Potomac scored or made a good play, Central responded right back with their own.
At halftime, Central only trailed by eight points, 32-24. Central senior big man Devonte Young finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks. However, his defensive play was not enough to keep his team in the game.
In the second half, Potomac started the third period on a 9-0 run and never looked back. Junior guard Corey Dyches played a crucial role in their success with an excellent all-around game by accounting for five points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Senior captain point guard Sincere Jones also caught fire in the second half and ended the game with 11 points. Potomac outscored Central 15-6 in the third quarter and went into the final quarter with a 17-point lead.
In the final period, Central senior guard Zyion Kirkland tried to get his team back in it as he closed out the game with a team-high of 17 points, but it was too little too late. Potomac had 11 players get on the board with at least one point, while Central only had six, which was the difference maker in this contest.