Forestville, overcoming a barrage of three-pointers by Laurel, pulled away down the stretch to win a teeth-rattling Prince George's 3A/2A boys basketball game, 68-60, last night at Laurel.
Laurel (5-3, 2-2 in the league) converted eight three-pointers, but fell to the physical inside game of the Knights (6-2, 2-2).
"We didn't really play our game like we should because I had to bench a few starters for some disciplinary reasons," said Forestville Coach Gary McCorkle. "But I was very impressed with my subs because they came in and played some quality minutes."
In crunch time, the Knights depend on 6-foot-8 junior Kwamin Freeland (16 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks). The lanky center was scoreless after the opening quarter, but soon was the enforcer in the middle McCorkle hoped he would be.
"In the fourth quarter we got back to our game, which is pressing and utilizing our outside quickness and getting the ball into the big man," said McCorkle. "In the fourth quarter he came through.
"This was our fourth game in a row on the road and it's always tough to win on the road, especially here. We seem to have a tough time up here at Laurel."
Last night the Spartans seemed to have a difficult time protecting a lead. After a steal and layup by Octavious Thompson (17 points) propelled Laurel to a 56-50 lead early in the fourth quarter, Forestville blazed back to take a 57-56 advantage on the three-pointers of Jeff Starky (16 points).
Forestville, with Freeland altering shots, played tough defense and pulled away to a 65-57 lead with 1:21 remaining.
"Our kids came out and played hard," said Laurel Coach Dwayne Jones, whose team had scored five straight points to take a 23-13 lead, only to let Forestville reel off 10 points to tie it. But "in crucial times, we have to play smarter and think smarter."