ROCKVILLE — A Good Counsel Falcons squad that gave up the lead only once suppressed the Sherwood Warriors Monday night in a Maryland Elite summer league basketball game, 58-43.
Both teams came into the game with handicaps: a slimmer roster due to player commitments over the summer months and depleted of the previous season’s seniors.
The limitations forced the teams to make do with what they had and showcased some of the new up-and-coming talent for both teams. The Falcons were a mostly young team made up of mostly sophomores, according to summer league head coach Anthony Guy.
The Warriors sunk a three-pointer to counter the Falcons’ two-point start, but the Falcons retaliated in force. A six-point scoring streak gave the Falcons the lead and a momentum they never lost throughout the rest of the game.
“Shots are going to fall, some shots are going to come out, there’s going to be turnovers, there’s going to be ebb and flows in the game, but as long as we can control our energy…some things that you can control and we’ve been trying to harp on all summer, especially with the younger guys,” said Guy.
Three-point shots abounded, and guard Bez Mbeng had no shortage of attempts during the game. Mbeng haunted the left corner of the court and successfully went for three points twice in the first half with many near misses.
A tough Falcons defense stifled the Warriors, although the Warriors kept pace with their quickness against the more physical Good Counsel squad.
Guard Domenico Martella put up five of the Warriors’ 14 points in the first half, which were not nearly enough to catch up to the Falcons’ 26-point total before halftime but shortened the lead just a bit.
The second half saw the Warriors get a second wind, and come within five points of tying up the game early on.
Forward Phillip Carter scored 19 points for the Falcons to claim the title of leading scorer for either team and was invaluable as a versatile shooter who could hit from anywhere.
“We have a lot of chemistry. Last year, all of us playing on varsity games gave us a lot of experience and I think we’ll get a lot of wins this year,” said Carter, “surprise people.”
The game ended with the Falcons up by 15 on a 58-43 score line in a game that proved both teams had new talent in need of development.
“Summer league is a chance for guys to step up and show what we can do,” said Warriors head coach Tom Sheahin.