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SILVER SPRING – Junior guard Kam’ron Simmons scored a team-high 21 points on Feb. 15 to lead the Springbrook High School boys basketball team to an 81-68 home victory over Blake.
Springbrook jumped out to a 19-6 first-quarter lead and built a 40-23 halftime advantage.
“We just came out with a lot of intensity and played well the first half,” said Springbrook head coach Darnell Myers, whose team improved to 13-6.
However, Blake outscored Springbrook in the third quarter, 23-14, and made a late rally before the Blue Devils prevailed.
“It’s a big win,” said Myers. “They beat us the first time at their place, so our kids were a little pumped up.”
Not only did Springbrook avenge an earlier loss to Blake, but the host team got local bragging rights. The Blue Devils also received major contributions from Brandon Adams and Timitrius Hawkins, who combined for 20 points.
“We all just know our roles,” said Adams. “We do what we got to do, and we went out and got the dub. It feels great to win with my team.”
Adams, who finished with 11 points, and Hawkins, who scored nine points, both attended White Oak Middle School together. He spent his freshman and sophomore campaign at St. John’s College High School in the District and then transferred to Blake for his junior campaign before landing at Springbrook for his senior season.
The 6-foot-4 forward said there was quite a bit of trash talk going on between the two teams in the week leading up to the game. “It’s expected,” said Adams. “It’s a big rival game.”
Springbrook guard Amare Curtis, a 5-foot-8 freshman, finished with seven points, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Myers said he was forced to use his bench more than normal because players were tired and fouled out of the game. Justin Cook filled in admirably for starter Marcus Davis, who was sidelined with an injury, according to Myers.
Hawkins said the Blue Devils were overconfident in their first meeting with Blake, but they were more than ready for the rematch.
“We wanted to win so bad, because the first game, I’m not even going to lie, we underestimated them the first game,” said Hawkins.
Meanwhile, Blake was led by the quartet of Ezana Fekere, Miles Samuels, Raef Hetherington and TJ Sawo, who combined to score the majority of the Bengals’ points.
Fekere scored a game-high 22 points to lead three Bengals in double-figures, including Samuels (11 points) and Hetherington (13 points). Blake made a run in the fourth quarter and got contributions from Fekere and company.
A layup by Fekere cut the deficit to 67-61 with 2:34 remaining in the contest, but Springbrook closed out the quarter on a 14-7 run fueled by Hawkins’s one-handed shot in the lane.
“I thought our kids down the stretch kept their composure when they had to,” said Myers. “They took good shots when they had to.”
Springbrook plays host to Wheaton Feb. 22 in the regular season finale before making another state championship run.