Forestville fought back from a halftime deficit to beat visiting Potomac, 71-64, last night in a Prince George's 2A/3A game that extended the Knights' winning streak to nine.
Forestville (17-3, 13-3), which began the game in a three-way tie with Potomac and DuVal for the conference lead, trailed by 34-30 at the half. The Knights came back behind the efforts of senior center Kwamin Freeland (16 points) and forward Darren Dorsey (12 points, 11 in the second half).
Potomac (16-6, 12-4) was paced by Shannan Mason and Ellis Jones, who contributed 13 points each, while senior guard Robert Garner, who led the Braves with a 20-point average coming in, was held to nine points, shooting three for 20.
Trailing, 40-32, with 6:24 left in the third quarter, Forestville outscored Potomac by 16-6 to forge a 48-46 advantage going into the fourth quarter. During the run, Dorsey scored on a driving layup and sank a subsequent foul shot.
And, after Potomac failed to score, Antwan Smith (eight points) hit a pair of free throws and Dorsey, running down the left side, made a layup to bring the Knights' fans to their feet just before the period ended.
Potomac stayed close early in the fourth quarter, but with 4:50 left and Forestville clinging to a 54-53 lead, Freeland started to assert himself, scoring on a rebound follow, blocking a shot (six for the game) and sinking two free throws to push the Knights' lead to 65-59 with 2:02 left. With Potomac reduced to fouling, the rest was academic.
"We had to be able to stop Garner on penetrations down the middle because he's a real good ballplayer, and I think we did that," said Freeland. "We were rushing our offense and had to slow things down. Once we did, we were fine."
"We settled down in the second half," said Forestville Coach Gary McCorkle. "At halftime, we talked about relaxing and having some fun like we've been doing the past 16 out of 19 games. Now it's 17 out of 20."