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Maret boys’ basketball shines as the sum of many capable parts

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When it comes to Maret’s basketball team, Garrett O’Donnell knows that his roster isn’t exactly bursting with star power. Marlon Beck is the only Frogs player to average double-figure points at 12.5 per game and senior forward Tre Bowens, a Towson commit, is more known for his prowess on the football field than the hardwood.

But the sum of Maret’s many capable parts has produced a 21-2 mark, a 15-game win streak and the top spot in the Mid-Atlantic Conference standings at 10-0.

“We don’t necessarily have that big-name player like some other schools do, but we have a lot of quality players who play well together,” O’Donnell said. “I think not getting some attention early in the year maybe bothered the guys a little bit, and our success now is a result of the kids being willing to work together and finding different ways to win.”

On some nights, the No. 7 Frogs can bring an offensive barrage, as they did when Steffen Davis hit five of the team’s nine three-pointers in a 59-55 win against Sidwell Friends on Jan. 8. On other nights, Maret grinds it out defensively, as was the case in last week’s 38-33 victory at St. Andrews. On the season, the Frogs are allowing fewer than 48 points per game.

“For us, it all starts with defense,” O’Donnell said. “We get our momentum and energy on the defensive end and from that, it opens up different things for our guys to capitalize on offensively.”

Beck has proven a major catalyst on both ends for the Frogs. The senior point guard, who recently committed to Binghamton, can attack the basket and be a menace defensively with his quick hands and ball pressure.

“We’ve had an amazing run this year and hopefully it will continue,” Beck said. “Coach O’Donnell is always on me about being a leader for this team and understanding my role in our success, so I just push myself to the limit and we all feed off of each other.”

Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.



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