During warm-ups before Sunday’s VOLiSports/FiOS1 All-Star Game, the Prince George’s County All-Stars spent much of their time attempting–and for the most part, completing–contest-worthy slam dunks, while their counterparts from Montgomery County loosened up with a steady supply of jump shots.
The difference in preparation was apparent when the game started, as Montgomery County used hot outside shooting to take control. Prince George's County finally awoke in the second half, though, and outscored them 26-6 in the fourth quarter to earn an 84-73 victory at .
“We played better defense,” Frederick Douglass guard Timmone Whatley said. “We realized that they weren’t going to back down from us. We came out a little too overconfident."
Whatley continued, "We were just seeming like they were just going to give us the game and we were just going to come out here and get up and down, so it was a rude awakening when we got out there.”
Friendly guard Davon Morton scored a game-high 17 points for Prince George's team, while Fairmont Heights forward Lamont Adair added 12.
“They weren’t really surprised [that they were losing],” Prince George's County Coach (who also coaches at ) said of his team. “So, in the second half, we got offensive rebounds. We kind of stepped out and realized that they could shoot–we closed out on their shooters–and we put the ball in the hole.”
Whitman forward Daniel Voigt and Gaithersburg guard Malcolm Miller each scored 12 points to lead Montgomery County.
Sunday marked the third edition of the VoliSports/FiOS 1 game, but the first time it featured the Prince George’s vs. Montgomery County format.
“Oh, everybody wanted to win,” forward said. “Everybody individually wanted to play well, but everybody as a team wanted to win."
Okoroh said although his opponents had the lead initally, his team decided they didn't want to lose the game, so they "came out with fire" in the second half.
Montgomery County led 25-19 after an impressive first quarter in which they hit four 3-pointers, with Voigt, Derrick Miller (Poolesville), Chris Viqueira (Clarksburg) and James Wallerstadt (Wootton) all connecting from beyond the arc.
“We knew Montgomery County had the shooters,” Okoroh said, “but they were making everything. I tipped one and he still made it."
Montgomery County continued to lead 50-40 at halftime and scored the first two baskets of the second half to extend its lead to 14 points. Prince George's County made a move and cut the lead to six points, but Voigt made a 3-pointer–his fourth of the night–to give his team a bit of breathing room at 67-58 entering the final frame.
Yet Prince George's County took over the fourth quarter. Whatley scored on a lay-in with 3:31 remaining, putting them ahead, 71-70–their first lead since the opening minutes of the game.
Magruder’s Joe Emurasabe made one of two free throws to tie the game at 71-71, but Okoroh completed a spectacular 3-point play–he made the free throw after being fouled while throwing down a dunk–and Montgomery County never threatened the rest of the way.
“It’s pretty much like the icing that goes on the cake,” Burke said of the win. “Coaching during the season is the big cake; I enjoy it with my boys and I love them to death. But then getting to play with some of our big-time competitors, such as Prince from Roosevelt–he was a nemesis all year."
Malcolm Miller (Gaithersburg)
Daniel Voigt (Whitman)
Joe Emurasabe (Magruder)
Andre Gaines (Quince Orchard)
Ben Kelly (Quince Orchard)
Enerio Jones (Springbrook)
Jarid Watson (Springbrook)
Chris Viqueira (Clarksburg)
James Wallerstadt (Wootton)
Derrick Miller (Poolsville)
PRINCE GEORGE’S SCORERS
Davon Morton (Friendly)
Lamont Adair (Fairmont Heights)
Timmone Whatley (Douglass)
Brandon Bailey (Largo)
Prince Okoroh (Roosevelt)
Tion Barnes (Gwynn Park)
Arnold Richmond (Crossland)
John Savoy (Wise)
Nicho Tyson (Suitland)
Alexander Noble (Surrattsville)
Joshua Fitzgerald (Bowie)
Three-point field goals
Voigt 4, Kelly 1, Jones 1, Miller 1, Viguera 1, Wallerstadt 1
Three-point field goals
Lyons 2, Mackey 1, Person 1