The Surrattsville High School boys basketball team was calm after beating Carroll in the Falconers League championship game last night. It's not that the Hornets weren't happy -- it was just that they were keeping it in perspective.
Senior guard Terrell Millington scored 10 points as Surrattsville defeated the Lions, 44-39.
"It's nice that we won, but I mean, truthfully, most teams don't have most of their players during the summer," Surrattsville senior guard Ronnie Virginia said. "During the winter, when everybody plays, that's when it counts."
Surrattsville was the only team to beat Carroll this summer, and the Hornets did it twice. Surrattsville finished 8-1, while Carroll went 7-2.
Both teams appeared worn out from the long summer of basketball. As a result, the play was often ragged. Surrattsville aggressively scrapped for rebounds, but missed numerous putbacks. Carroll committed several turnovers. Carroll's David Hawkins, Donnell Young and Jay Karimah left immediately after the game to play in the Reebok League quarterfinals.
The Carroll players were not the only ones who skipped the all-star game that followed, which the West won, 86-66. No-shows included Gwynn Park's Charles Ford, Anacostia's Duane Shackleford, McNamara's Maurice Young and Dunbar's Bernard Robinson.
Largo senior guard James Golden scored 20 points and was selected the West team's MVP. Central senior center Sean Brooks finished with 25 points to earn the East's MVP honors.