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POTOMAC—On Jan. 11, the Whitman basketball team beat Churchill 59-45 in Bethesda.
The two schools met again in Potomac on Feb. 4, with the Vikings once again coming out on top for the 67-38 blowout.
Right after the opening tip, Whitman immediately began to take over with a layup from senior Jason Lewis, and the visitors didn’t look back.
The first quarter was basically one-sided, as the Vikings outshot and out-rebounded the Bulldogs and led 18-7 by the end.
The lead increased even more in the second quarter, thanks to solid shooting from Lewis and Jaden Pierce. It got real ugly as Whitman led 39-19 at the half.
The Vikings were unstoppable from behind the arc, because they made a total of six three-pointers in the first half, including three from Lewis.
While it was Lewis coming through in the first half, it was Pierce who shined in the second half. After coming off the bench and putting up five points in the second quarter, he contributed with 10 of Whitman’s 15 points in the third quarter.
Pierce finished the night as the team’s leading scorer, with 15 total points – which included three three-pointers and four made-free throws. Lewis, on the other hand, had the second-most points for the team, with 14.
The Vikings added 13 more points in the fourth.T. J. Richardson led the Bulldogs in scoring with 14 points. From behind the arc, he nailed three shots.
Whitman Head Coach Chris Lun attributed the win to the previous week’s canceled games with his team ready to play.
“We played well,” said Lun. “Our guys had some good energy. We were ready to play against somebody else besides ourselves. We shot the ball well, we were very unselfish, and defensively we did a pretty good job.”
Whitman and Churchill are now 11-6 each, with the Vikings taking the advantage – thanks to their sweep of the Bulldogs.