HYATTSVILLE – In their second game in the Capitol Hoops Summer League, the Bishop McNamara High School boys basketball team held off a surging Takoma Academy to win 69-68 on May 31.
Rising senior Aaron Russell scored five of his final 12 points in the dying moments of the contest that helped McNamara regain control. After only scoring three points against W.T. Woodson on May 28, Ed Johnson III scored a game-high 17 points, including the Mustangs’ game-winning layup, with less than 20 seconds remaining.
Early on, McNamara (2-0) took advantage of five turnovers and quick rebounds to score transition points. Midway through the first half, the Mustangs went on a 6-0 run with Johnson and guard Kenneth Womack leading the way. After only averaging 7.2 points per game during his sophomore season, Womack used his speed and quick shooting to score five first-half points as McNamara led 33-27 at halftime.
The Mustangs looked poised for a comfortable win after going on a 7-0 lead to start the second half. However, the Tigers (2-1) roared back with guard Jordan Beckett firing off five consecutive points to bring their deficit down to four. Takoma Academy continued their offensive assault by converting eight straight points.
Their streak would expand to a 14-4 run as they took over the lead. Rising senior Mike Brown scored six of his team-high 15 points in the final two minutes. It included an acrobatic layup with 56 seconds remaining to tie the game.
Brown and the Mustangs’ Russell traded shots in the final minute, with the Tigers star edging out by scoring a 3-pointer to give Takoma a one-point lead with less than 30 seconds remaining. Russell attempted to score a 3-pointer of his own but missed. Nevertheless, the air ball shot flew down into Johnson’s arm, who converted a put-back layup to reclaim the lead for McNamara.
Brown attempted an off-balanced jumper with five seconds remaining, but the shot failed to reach the rim as time expired. McNamara will play three more games before taking on Eleanor Roosevelt on June 10.
Takoma will look to bounce back when they take on Blake and Bethesda-Chevy Chase before they take on St. Andrew’s in June. 6.