SILVER SPRING—The Montgomery County Road Summer Basketball League folded years ago. However, the league got revamped for 2019, featuring several Montgomery County schools participating in the first set of games at the Mid-County Community Center.
In the third matchup of the first day of competition on June 10, Magruder High School faced no problems as they defeated Rockville for the 73-55 win.
Right off the bat, Magruder looked to be in control as they jumped out to a 15-0 lead in the opening minutes of the game. The Rams made a layup to get their first points on the board with around 10:30 left in the first half.
“I feel we moved the ball pretty well,” said Colonels Head Coach Tony Giles. “Guys shot the ball pretty well.”
Nevertheless, the Colonels continued to drive to the hoop, draw fouls and convert all their shots. While it is summer league, Magruder was showing their offensive dominance as they scored all their jump shots, three-pointers and free throw attempts. Their only weakness was rebounding against Rockville, something Giles recognized and addressed to his players their postgame meeting.
“One area that it showed, we’re going to have to do some rebounding,” said Giles. “We’re not big. So I’ll have to have all five guys rebounding, playing good defense, and we’ll be successful.”
With 1:36 remaining in the first half, the lights in the gymnasium went out after a spectator accidentally bumped the light switch, forcing a delay.
However, it did not affect Magruder, as they went into halftime with a 34-22 lead.
Two Colonels players who excelled in the first half were Rashid Abudu and Michael Myrie, who dropped 11 and nine points, respectively.
“It was a good game,” said Myrie. “I felt pretty good.”
“That’s my boy, for real,” said Abudu. “We balled on the court really well because we have the chemistry, and we’ve been together for a long time and stuff. So we matched really well, the backcourt.”
After making two 3-point attempts in the first half, Abudu continued that surge with three more shots behind the arc and 11 more points in the second half, finishing the game with 22 total points.
“I was just going in the flow of our offense,” said Abudu. “My teammates were setting me up a lot because I was getting hot a little, and that’s all that really matters, playing team ball.”
As for Myrie, he put up seven points in the second half, including converting three free throws, to finish with 16 points.
“I’m just playing my game,” said Myrie. “Still went the full game. I got my teammates and stuff.”
Giles was proud to have Abudu and Myrie on the court on against rival Rockville to see their progression as players.
“Those guys are going to do that,” said Giles. “They’ll be consistent in doing that throughout the season, I’m sure. They’ve both got really refined skills, so that doesn’t surprise me at all.”
As for other Magruder players, Bankeys Omari was another player who dropped double digits, finishing with 14 points, while Chris Asamoah, younger brother of Ebby, tallied nine points.
Despite the loss, two Rams players showed their future potential as Jailen Anderson dropped 19 points while Daniel Pujo scored 18 points as well.
“I think it was an okay performance,” said Anderson. “Could’ve moved the ball better on offense, but overall we have a pretty young team, so just getting used to it is the biggest thing, and then we’ll be fine, go(ing) forward.”
The revamped Montgomery County Road Summer League should have some exciting games and players on the rise, but Abudu is not focused on that.
“All I want to do is just play ball,” said Abudu. “That’s all that matters. Just getting ready for the regular season. We’re trying to make a run at the playoffs.”
As for Anderson, even though his team lost, he said he is looking forward to the many games Rockville will compete in from June to July.
“I feel pretty good about it,” said Anderson. “Some big competition here, it’s exciting.”