Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Magruder senior Pedro Argueta has long scars on each of his knees, the result of cuts he suffered when hustling for a loose ball earlier this season. The cuts were so deep that Argueta had to miss three of the Colonels' contests. But they didn't change the 5-foot-11 forward's style of play.
Friday night in Magruder's 59-57 victory over Springbrook, Argueta spent the majority of the game sacrificing his body. He plowed through screen after screen, dove on the floor and did whatever else he could to keep Folarin Campbell, Springbrook's dominating scorer, from beating the Colonels.
Campbell, a 6-3 junior who poured in 39 points on Thursday night, still had 20, but that is nearly 10 points below his average, and none came easily.
Argueta harassed Campbell into 5-of-16 shooting and had a hand in the scorer's face with the game on the line. Campbell hoisted an off-balance, desperation three-pointer that bounced away at the buzzer.
"Pedro played really tough defense tonight," Magruder Coach Dan Harwood said. "Campbell's a great player. I think he's the best in Montgomery County, and he's only a junior. I was planning to play some more zone, but Pedro was doing such a great job."
Argueta, a reserve and a role player the past two seasons, also has improved his scoring this season. He had 15 points.
Had Campbell's last-second three-pointer gone in, it would have capped a remarkable comeback by the weary Blue Devils (7-4), who were playing their fifth game in nine days.
Magruder (9-2), which won its fourth consecutive game, built a 37-24 lead at the half when junior Todd Ostrom beat the second quarter buzzer with a three-pointer. The Colonels led by 18 midway through the third quarter, but Springbrook rallied behind junior Louis Brookins (game-high 23 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks).
The Blue Devils cut the Colonels' lead to one three times in the final four minutes, but the Colonels answered each time with clutch baskets -- a layup by Argueta, a pull-up jumper by Brandon Giles (team-high 18 points) and a dagger of a three-pointer by Giles with 1 minute 9 seconds left that gave Magruder a 59-55 advantage.
Magruder senior Julius Redd (five points) and junior Kevin Roach (10 points) posted career highs with 12 rebounds apiece.