Urbana is not certain when senior standout point guard Al Sowers will come back to the lineup, but sophomore point guard Ryan Brandenburg is proving to be a capable replacement. Brandenburg scored a game-high 15 points in a 42-35 victory over North Carroll Friday night. Sowers is out until at least January with mononucleosis, but Brandenburg is averaging 15 points for Urbana (1-1).
Sowers is second all-time in assists in school history (175) and is six steals away from surpassing the record of 106 set by Greg Hill. . . .
Central senior G Jamar Spruill made a free throw with six seconds left to break a tie, and, after stealing an inbounds pass and drawing a foul, senior forward Uchenna Nwkorkie added another free throw with 1.6 seconds left as the Falcons won, 60-58, in a Prince George's 3A/2A/1A league game at Fairmont Heights. Spruill finished with 21 points, 5 assists and 5 steals, senior forward Chris Henderson had 25 points, 6 steals and 10 rebounds for the Falcons (1-1, 1-1).
Although Georgetown Prep and Gonzaga faced one another on a basketball court Friday night, the students from the rival schools apparently have not yet gotten over the football season.
During the Eagles' 55-37 victory, the Gonzaga student cheering section directed this chant at Prep's student body: "You play no one! You play no one!" The Prep students responded with: "We're number one! We're number one!"
Both football teams went undefeated and claimed their league championships; however, the Little Hoyas are ranked atop The Post's Top 20 poll. Gonzaga is No. 2.
Diakite Flies at End
Einstein junior Abraham Diakite scored four of his team's final five points in overtime in a 61-56 victory over Walter Johnson. Einstein (2-1) had its season ended by Walter Johnson (1-3) in the playoffs last year.
A Long Time Coming
Osbourn Park senior Adam Hinton-Moore hit a pump-fake jumper at the buzzer to lift the Yellow Jackets to a 44-42 home win over Gar-Field, breaking a series losing streak that is believed to date from 1988.
Osbourn Park (2-1), which blew an 18-point fourth-quarter lead against Stafford on Tuesday, never trailed in the game, but the Indians tied the score midway through the fourth period. Knotted at 42 later in the fourth, Gar-Field (1-2) tried to run off the final 1 minute and 25 seconds to take a last shot but instead turned the ball over on a five-second call on an inbounds pass with 11 seconds left.
Osbourn Park has not finished with a winning record since the 1980s.
"We're able to compete with everybody else now," Hinton-Moore said. "They have to come in and earn their wins now."
-- Christian Swezey,
Preston Williams and Tarik El-Bashir