ROCKVILLE — Every time one of his teammates in the Springbrook Blue Devils landed a big shot, guard Timitrius Hawkins would smile.
Hawkins’ toothy grin spread across his face like clockwork. It appeared whenever Hawkins dropped a three-pointer to extend Springbrook’s lead over the Good Counsel Falcons. Hawkins smiled whenever another Blue Devil went to the ground while finishing another big bucket.
And Hawkins’ smile was definitely present at the end of the game, when his 27 points helped Springbrook wrap up the Falcons 68-53 as the regular season winds down in the Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League.
“I try to make my teammates happy every time we’re on the court. Even if they miss, I still tell them that next time they’re going to make it,” said Hawkins.
The Blue Devils certainly had a lot to be happy about on Monday when they improved to 6-3 and now sit tied for third place with Magruder before the playoffs start on Wednesday.
The foul-heavy bout against the Falcons started out close as Springbrook had an answer every time Good Counsel scored and the game was tied twice in the first half.
Good Counsel guard Antoine Jacks (11 points) flew all over the court, scrambling for rebounds and driving for points.
However, the Falcons couldn’t recover when the Blue Devils took full advantage of their stacked bench and multiple scoring threats to orchestrate a three-minute 9-1 run.
It seemed as though no Springbrook player could miss a bucket in the second half as the Blue Devils, led by Hawkins and center Jonathan Lapierre, poured on the points.
Lapierre turned on the heat in the second half as he registered nine of his 11 points in the final period. Hawkins continued his highlight reel as he scored right over a Good Counsel defender and then finished off with a dunk and his signature smile a few seconds later.
“We got [out-played] on the rebounds tonight,” said Jacks. “They had too many second-chance points. There were times where we were on a run and they got a bucket off the rebound that just killed our run. We just have to watch that and then finish layups too.”
The Falcons now sit at 5-4 before clashing with 4-5 Einstein on Tuesday to close out the regular season. Springbrook’s final regular season game is also on Tuesday, against winless Watkins Mill.
“I’m excited about playing against all the top seniors in the summer league,” said Hawkins. “There’s a lot of good competition.”