Late in Springbrook's eventual 62-57 win over Blake on Saturday, Blue Devils star swingman Andrew Robinson got the ball on the wing. With time dwindling and the score sticking close, it was right where you’d want the team’s unquestioned star and one of the more feared scorers in the county.
Then Robinson did exactly what his team needed: He sent the ball right back where it came from, into the hands of point guard Tavon Ngangum, who promptly slashed through a surprised Blake defense for an easy layup.
Andrew and his explosive twin brother, Aaron, ensure Springbrook has the star power to keep pace with any Montgomery County foe, but it’s the players around them who have helped transform the 7-1 Blue Devils from a team off to a hot start into a one that may never cool down.
Ngangum, who transferred from Blake before this season, has emerged as a perfect set-up man for the Robinsons, with enough weapons in his offensive arsenal to foil teams hoping to focus only on the twins.
“I’m a pass-first point guard, so I like getting the twins and my teammates involved,” Ngangum said. “But when they take out the twins, I can just score and help that way.”
Ngangum — who scored 21 points in the rivalry win over his old teammates — and big man Alex Evans led the Blue Devils in scoring Saturday, while Jermaine Ukaegbu contributed eight blocks off the bench. Post man Isaiah Eisendorf also averages more than 10 points per game.
The depth of potentially potent combinations has propelled Coach Tom Crowell’s team to the top of the Montgomery County standings. It’s a familiar spot for the Blue Devils, who won state titles in 2008, 2009, and 2010, but were 13-10 and 3-7 in the conference last season, their worst record since 2004-05. But as Robinson dished to Ngangum in the shadow of those three state championship banners Saturday, he was making a statement: Thanks as much to stars as the strength of the players around them, the Blue Devils are alive and well.
“If it weren’t for [the other players], we wouldn’t be able to put up points,” Andrew said, “Everybody thinks this team is just me and Aaron. It’s definitely not.”