The 6-foot-4 forward has keyed the Cadets' recent three-game winning streak. Crews scored 27 points Friday in Frederick's 94-49 victory over North Carroll to follow up his strong performance against Northwest. In the Cadets' 72-50 win Tuesday, Crews had a career-high 36 points and 11 rebounds.
The Panthers defeated Einstein, 73-49, Friday for their third straight victory and fifth in six games. During that stretch, Paint Branch (12-4, 9-1 Montgomery County 4A/3A East) has knocked off county foes Springbrook, Whitman and Sherwood -- teams with a combined record of 34-13. The Panthers had one part-time starter return from last season but have won with depth and balance. Coach Walter Hardy has started 10 players, and Paint Branch has three starters averaging double figures -- senior guard Ronald Jackson (16.8), sophomore guard Fred Lymas (11.6) and senior forward Darius Johnson (11.3). Another, senior forward David Oluwatimilihem, averages 9.7 points per game.
"We've got different guys stepping up each night and picking up the slack," said Hardy, who directed Paint Branch to the 2000 Maryland 3A championship. "On any given night we've got four or five guys that are capable of scoring a lot of points."
The reigning Howard County champion has won five straight games and nine of 10. The Hawks (13-3, 9-3) have seven players averaging more than six points per game, led by Matt Glover with 12.3.
Friday, River Hill defeated Atholton to rebound from a one-point loss earlier in the season. This week the Hawks have another chance for payback with a home game against Long Reach on Wednesday.
The Lions defeated Hebrew Academy, 62-58, on Saturday for their 10th consecutive victory.