Forestville Coach Gary McCorkle, who is usually mild-mannered, got frustrated early in the Knights' game against Central and got a technical for contesting an offensive foul call. But there wasn't much else for him to get steamed about last night as Forestville blazed to a 64-53 Prince George's 3A/2A boys basketball triumph at Central.
The teams were part of in a four-way tie for second place behind Potomac entering last night's game. But in this mad 3A/2A race in which most games are high-scoring shootouts, Forestville relied on pressure defense and balanced offense to turn a close game after one quarter into a 43-25 runaway early in the second half.
Central (10-6, 8-4 in the league), with brothers Ronald (21 points, six rebounds) and Roland Martin (six points) off their shooting marks at the outset, could not keep pace as the Knights (13-3, 9-3) built a 31-21 lead.
Kwamin Freeland, the Knights' talented 6-foot-8 junior center who finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, normally carries the load. But lately Oronde Clark (20 points) has had the hot hand. He found his touch quickly, sinking four three-pointers from beyond 20 feet to keep the Knights on top.
"Lately I've been practicing that shot and I've been feeling comfortable," said Clark, who had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals in his last game. "But it's a team effort and not just an individual show."