Whether it was no-look passes, behind-the-back passes, behind-the-head passes, thunderous dunks or just dead-eye outside shooting, the Springbrook boys basketball team did pretty much whatever it wanted in a 77-53 Montgomery County 4A victory over Watkins Mill yesterday in Silver Spring.
The Blue Devils (10-3, 7-2) shot 18 of 31 (58 percent) in the first half. They led by 13 at halftime, 28 after three quarters and showcased their athletic ability throughout.
"All that stuff is what we get yelled at for in practice," said Maurece Wilkins, Springbrook's leading scorer who averages 18 points a game and had eight points and five assists yesterday. "But that's our game. All that comes natural to us. It's fun. We just want to get up the floor and run. We don't like to settle down in a half-court offense, but we can do that, too."
The victory moved Springbrook within a game and a half of first-place No. 20 Quince Orchard (11-1, 8-0), which was idle, and a half-game behind second-place Magruder (12-1, 7-1), which defeated Rockville, 71-53, in a nonleague game yesterday.
Junior forward David Jones led Springbrook with a game-high 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting. He also added five rebounds, three steals, two assists and a blocked shot.
"I hadn't been playing up to my abilities, but tonight felt good," said Jones, who averages 15 points per game. "I took the correct shots for myself, didn't force anything, knew where I was and used my size and speed well."
Jones scored eight of his team's first 11 points, but Springbrook opened its cushion when Wilkins and junior guard Anthony Brown (11 points, six assists) each hit two three-pointers to spark a 12-2 run that gave the Blue Devils a 23-10 lead early in the second quarter.
After Watkins Mill (8-5, 5-4) closed to 25-17, Springbrook went on a 15-8 run--which began when Wilkins set up sophomore guard Justin Riggs for a layup with a no-look pass, and was completed when Brown set up Jones for a layup with a behind-the-back pass--to go up 40-25 with 1 minute 18 seconds remaining in the half.
Springbrook then put the game away with a 23-8 third quarter, sparked by Jones's 10 points. Jones missed his only field goal attempt with 5:55 remaining with Springbrook leading 67-38.
"David runs the floor so well," Springbrook Coach Bob Cilento said. "He's a tough matchup for teams, especially when we get in transition. When we hit our outside shots like we did today, it really opens up our inside game."