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Blake High School

The Bengals won their first five games of the season by an average of 18 points, but the best start in school history was clouded by the fact that none of their opponents had a winning record.

On Friday, however, Blake validated its fast start with one of the biggest victories in its four years as a varsity program. The Bengals knocked off then-No. 15 Magruder, 59-46, to win the Magruder Holiday Tournament. The Colonels (5-2) had won five consecutive games since a loss to DeMatha.

Blake, which made The Post's Top 20 for the first time in school history this week, has frustrated opponents with its attacking full-court press and a balanced scoring attack. On Thursday, in a 65-50 semifinal victory over Walter Johnson, five Bengals scored in double figures. Against Magruder, three Bengals scored in double figures.

Friendly High School

In the span of seven hours Saturday, the sixth-ranked Patriots defeated Simon Gratz (Pa.), then knocked off then-No. 7 Riverdale Baptist, 80-63, to win the Riverdale Baptist High School Holiday Classic.

Five Friendly players averaged double figures in the semifinals and final. Junior forward Sammy Young and senior guard Trevan Jackson averaged 14 points per game, forward King Miner had 13.5, junior guard Chris Howard 11.5 and senior forward Jonathan Strong 10 ppg.

Malcolm Jackson

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The 6-foot-1 senior guard has led the Bengals to a 4-3 record by scoring an area-high 31.5 points per game. Jackson, who also averages 11 rebounds, 7 steals and 6 assists, had a season-high 40 points in a 70-51 win over Field School earlier this season.

In the Bengals' game against Washington Waldorf on Dec. 19, Jackson was plagued by foul trouble in the first half but scored 19 points in the third quarter of a 66-52 win.