ROCKVILLE – Jashon Hawkins had the game of his life on Tuesday night against Springbrook.
The Richard Montgomery senior guard scored a career-high 40 points to propel the Rockets to a 71-52 home victory over the Blue Devils.
Hawkins, who converted 12-of- 14 three-pointers on the night, connected on ten consecutive 3-point attempts in the first half.
“In past games I forced threes, it hasn’t turned out so well,” said Hawkins, whose previous career-high was a 28-point performance against Bladensburg in December, “so I just tried to chill out, take open shots and keep moving forward.”
Meanwhile, Springbrook was led by talented juniors Cameron Rucker (17 points) and Anthony Deruisseau (10 points).
Hawkins is one of the county’s most lethal three-point shooters this season and has combined with classmate Jordan Stover and junior Daryn Alexander to give Richard Montgomery some firepower in the Rockets’ backcourt.
“There’s no question that he’s a great shooter,” said Richard Montgomery head coach David Breslaw, who has guided the basketball program to back-to-back division championships during the past two seasons. “He does not have a conscience that’s for sure so it makes perfect sense that he’s able to do that.”
In the frontcourt, the Rockets boast 6-foot-6 senior center Zaire Mitchell-Paden (13 points) who is a handful for most opposing players. Mitchell-Paden’s dunk early in the fourth quarter gave Richard Montgomery a 54-37 advantage and set the tone for Hawkins’ dramatic finish.
With fans and teammates egging him on, Hawkins lined up for a 3- pointer with 30 seconds left in the contest. The 5-foot-9 standout sank the shot to score his 40th point and helped the Rockets improve to 17-4.
“It just felt great,” said Hawkins. “It just felt like it was a huge accomplishment.”