Springbrook forward Aaron Robinson could barely control himself after hitting his fourth three-pointer of the first quarter during Friday’s Maryland 4A North region final against Dulaney. After the shot dropped through the net, he started waving his arms and skipping back to the defensive end of the floor, and then he tripped over himself. Robinson didn’t care. Basketball has become so serious these days — trying to win games like this one, trying to lock down college scholarships — that it was nice to feel like a kid on the playground again.
“Emotions just got up into me,” Robinson said. “A lot of emotion, a lot of energy."
There was a youthful enthusiasm in Robinson and his twin brother, Andrew, on Friday night. Aaron hit five-three pointers and scored 18 points and Andrew added 25 in the final home game of their career, a 76-46 victory over Dulaney in Silver Spring.
Isaiah Eisendorf added 11 for No. 18 Springbrook (23-2), which advances to next weekend’s state semifinals and will meet the winner of Saturday’s 4A South region final between Wise and DuVal.
Both Springbrook and Dulaney (20-5) struggled to close wins in their respective sectional finals on Thursday night, but the Blue Devils left no doubt early in the game Friday. Aaron Robinson hit four three-pointers from the left perimeter in the first quarter to help spark a 20-6 lead in the first eight minutes, and then added another to open the second quarter.
Springbrook, which has won 14 straight, received a boost from Andrew Robinson in the second half. The 6-foot-5 swingman scored 19 of his 25 points after halftime, including eight in the third quarter. He dropped a three-pointer to open the fourth and extend the lead to 58-34, and Springbrook received a berth to the state tournament with one of its more lopsided wins of the year.
“Today we just wanted to come out with a fast start. . . . I definitely did not expect to beat them like that,” Andrew Robinson said. “This is my first time being here in my four years, so it feels great to be part of history.”
Springbrook will carry the look of a college team into the Comcast Center for the state semifinals next week — especially with the 6-foot-5 Eisendorf, who had three crowd-pleasing blocks, and 6-foot-6, 240-pound center Alex Evans, who is headed to East Carolina to play football next year. And the Robinson brothers, both 6 feet 5, believe they have a chance to win it all if they play with the looseness of Friday’s game against the Lions. Aaron found his spot on the right perimeter in the first half and shot until he missed, while Andrew grinded out his scoring opportunities in the second half, which included a tomahawk two-handed slam with about three minutes left.
“We’ve been playing together all our lives,” Aaron Robinson said. "Today just brought back memories as little kids playing on the playground, where you know we’d both be carrying the team . . . last game at Springbrook, we had to go out with a bang.”