COLLEGE PARK – Springbrook’s dream season came to an end Thursday at the Comcast Center on the University of Maryland campus.
Making its first state semifinal appearance since capturing the state title for the third consecutive year in 2010, the Blue Devils fell short in their quest, suffering a 57-44 loss to Wise of Prince George’s County.
With at least two Division I football prospects on the roster, the Pumas boasted a physical presence unlike any other team Springbrook had faced this season.
“They’re the most physical team we’ve played by far,” said Springbrook head coach Tom Crowell.
Wise head coach Rob Garner said the Pumas wanted to make Springbrook feel “uncomfortable” and their game plan worked to perfection.
“We can play fast and we can play slow,” said Garner. “I thought we did a great defensive job in terms of slowing Springbrook down in transition.”
Led by the dynamic play of senior forward Micah Till, the Pumas jumped out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back.
Till, a burly 6-foot-6, 260-pound N.C. State football recruit, registered a double-double, finishing with a game-high 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Springbrook was led by the trio of senior twins Andrew and Aaron Robinson and classmate Isaiah Eisendorf.
Andrew Robinson finished with a team-high 15 points and Eisendorf added 14 points.
“It’s the first time I got to play at Comcast,” said Aaron Robinson, who finished with nine points, “so I got to reach one of my goals.”
Springbrook, who finished the season with a 24-3 overall record, including a 9-0 conference mark, had their 13-game winning streak snapped by Wise.
“Springbrook was a great team,” said Till. “I give them all the credit.”