I’ll admit it. Two-and-a-half Gonzaga games passed this basketball season before I took notice of Charles Glover on assignment. As expected, Bryant Crawford and Kris Jenkins stole most of my attention in wins against Paul VI and Salesian (Calif.), respectively, but with both struggling during a Jan. 17 contest against WCAC rival DeMatha, the one they call “Chuck” took over.
The senior guard exploded for 11 of his 14 points in the second half, making several strong drives to the basket and knocking down big shots in a 61-52 win. Afterward, Eagles Coach Steve Turner vowed that, despite Glover only fielding some college interest and no offers, “someone will take notice of Mr. Underrated.”
That someone proved to be Mount St. Mary’s, which offered Glover in late January and secured a commitment from the Eagles’ second-leading scorer (11.1 points per game) on Monday.
In the games since that DeMatha contest, I’ve learned to keep an eye on Glover, especially come fourth quarter. If the Eagles need a loose ball, key rebound or big shot, Glover can be that guy. He possesses deceptive athleticism to go with his hustle and has played solid defense on some of the area’s top perimeter players.
“The things he does aren’t always going to be in the box score the next morning,” Turner said, “but he’s invaluable for us.”
That has proved especially true this season. After a knee injury sidelined him for part of last season, Glover has come back strong as a senior, serving as another capable ball handler for the Eagles, who saw former starting point guard Nate Britt transfer to Oak Hill Academy last summer.
“I got things going as a junior after the injury but when Nate transferred, I knew I had to step up my game even more,” said Glover, who earned All-WCAC first-team honors this year. “I think Mount St. Mary’s is getting a versatile guard that can knock down shots when they need me.”
In Monday’s hoops action:
- Before a standing-room only crowd, Riverdale Baptist and Princeton Day put on one heck of an offensive showcase in the inaugural Capital Beltway championship. In the end, Crusaders guard Nigel Johnson was too much for the Storm, as he scored 33 points en route to a 95-89 win and tournament MVP honors. One junior tandem to keep an eye out for next year at Riverdale is forward Chinanu Onuaku, who is already receiving major Division I interest, and guard Robert Tyler, who scored 13 fourth-quarter points on Monday.
- The Maryland girls’ playoffs got underway and No. 20 Gaithersburg received a gutsy outing from Janessa Fauntroy. The junior totaled 27 points and 20 rebounds and hit a three-pointer to force a second overtime in her team’s eventual 76-68 double OT win against Wootton.
NUMBER CRUNCH: 101
Points scored by North Point‘s girls in a Maryland 4A East second-round playoff win against Chesapeake. Tasia Butler led 13 different scorers with 32 points. Believe it or not, the 24-0 Eagles, who are averaging 74.5 points and defeating opponents by an average margin of 46.2 points, had never scored 100 points in school history before Monday.
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–There’s a new number one team amongst the boys. See who in the latest Post Top 20.
–A McDonald’s all-American, St. John’s Lindsay Allen is used to have opponents and spectators focus on her, but it’s the senior guard’s own focus that has created much of her success, as Preston Williams writes.
–After a nearly two-week layoff, the Maryland boys’ basketball playoffs will get underway Tuesday.
–Zach Arden tallies a goal and five assists to lead Churchill to a 6-1 win against Easton in the MSHL 2A hockey championship.
–Both Gonzaga and DeMatha endured tough losses in this past weekend’s WCAC quarterfinals, but both teams have an eye on redemption in next month’s Alhambra Catholic Invitational.
–Milan Williams capped a big second half by knocking down the game-winning free throws in DuVal’s 43-42 victory against Wise in the opening round of the Maryland 4A South playoffs.
–After taking some early lumps, Coolidge’s tough schedule is paying dividends for the Colts, who recently captured their seventh straight DCIAA West title.
–Depth will be the key for Westlake’s girls’ basketball team as it prepares to defend its Maryland 3A South region title.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
WCAC boys’ and girls’ championships, 6 and 8 p.m. at American University’s Bender Arena.
For the third straight year, Good Counsel and St. John’s will face off in the girls’ final and for the first time in 10 years, the top boys seed will not be crowned champion, as O’Connell takes on St. John’s.