By Brandy L. Simms @bls1969
OLNEY — Georgetown Prep head coach Ryan Eskow guided the Little Hoyas to a convincing 65-40 road win over Good Counsel Monday night at Kane Center.
Georgetown Prep, who had three players finish in double figures, was led by senior Kamdyn Curfman’s 13 points.
Quinton Southall, a junior, added 12 points and senior Miles Sommerville finished with 11 points for the Little Hoyas.
Georgetown Prep, who captured the Interstate Athletic Conference Tournament championship last season, improved to 3-2. The Little Hoyas have also beaten Gilman and Whitman.
Georgetown Prep suffered the loss of three starters to graduation including Jared Bynum who was named The Sentinel’s Co-Player of the Year. Bynum, a point guard, averaged a team-high 17.8 points per game and has moved on to greener pastures at St. Joseph’s.
Ike Nweke (Columbia), a second team All-Sentinel performer, and Mezie Offurum (George Washington), who earned third team All-Sentinel honors, have also graduated and moved on.
Still, Georgetown Prep dominated Monday’s contest with Washington Catholic Athletic Conference rival Good Counsel.
“Everybody on my team right now is in a new situation,” said Eskow, who was named The Sentinel’s Coach of the Year last season.
Georgetown Prep raced out to a 35-16 lead at halftime before putting on the cruise control in the second half.
Curfman, a senior combo guard, scored on a driving layup with 1:51 remaining in the third quarter to put the Little Hoyas ahead, 46-25.
“He’s probably one of the best shooters in the area,” said Eskow. “He’s always been really a great shooter. Last year Jared ran the show. How could he not? But Kam has really stepped into the driver’s seat. He played fantastic. Just from a communication standpoint it was really impressive.”
Meanwhile, Good Counsel, who had nine players reach the scoring column, were led by Bez Mbeng, Montell Cooper and Bryce Walker who each finished with seven points.
“Any win to me is really special,” said Eskow. “It’s something that you can never take for granted, any win. I learned that from my mentors who did a good job teaching me so every win is really special.”
Good Counsel competes in the WCAC alongside DeMatha, Gonzaga, St. John’s, Bishop O’Connell and others. The league is widely regarded as the nation’s best high-school conference so a win over Good Counsel speaks volumes for Georgetown Prep.
“It’s nice to beat good teams,” said Eskow. “GJ Kissal is a great coach. His squad is young but really talented so it means a lot to be able to compete against the best and certainly be able to win but be able to hang with them.”
The road doesn’t get any easier for Georgetown Prep; the Little Hoyas upcoming schedule includes St. John’s, Flint Hill, St. Albans, Episcopal, Landon and Bullis among others.
Eskow said he will depend on his team’s senior leadership as the Little Hoyas look to defend their IAC championship.
“I really rely on the seniors as a collective group,” said Eskow. “It’s important for them to learn how to be leaders for their lives.”