ROCKVILLE — The second week of the Montgomery County Road Summer League tipped off at Magruder High School, with the second game, on June 17, featuring two high schools from western Montgomery County: 1-1 Damascus and 0-2 Poolesville.
The game was very neck-and-neck throughout the first half, but the Swarmin’ Hornets were able to get the edge, leading by 10 points in the second half for the 52-42 victory over the Falcons.
“It was a good team performance,” said Damascus’s Ryan Linthicum. “I thought we played well all-around.”
At the beginning of the game, the two schools traded back-and-forth buckets, keeping the score close for a majority of the first half.
Linthicum made his presence known in the paint, making the majority of his layup attempts and collecting rebounds for Damascus.
“It’s just a fun league to compete with all the teams that we’ll play in the regular season,” said Linthicum. “It’s fun to get out there and play against competition that we’ll play in the winter.”
At the end of the first half, Linthicum finished with nine points, while his team led 27-23 at the half.
For Poolesville, Nick Zehnle was the team’s anchor and dominated on the court as he dropped 13 points, including two 3-pointers – in the half.
Once the second half began, the Swarmin’ Hornets continued to take advantage of the contest.
Linthicum continued to dominate the paint and add seven points to his impressive performance, finishing with 16 total points, including four converted free throws.
However, another player who emerged for Damascus in the second half was Kevin Brown, who nailed two shots behind the arc and dropped 10 points, to add to his lone three-pointer from the first half and finish with 13 total points.
“Had a couple of unlucky turnovers,” said Brown. “Gotta fix that but overall, I think I played pretty well defensively and offensively. All-around good game from the team.”
On the losing side of things, the Falcons are still looking for their first win in the Road Summer League, and Head Coach Kenny Kramek said he felt mostly positive, but addressed some of the issues the team is having.
“I think we took a step forward,” said Kramek. “Any time you play summer league, you’re kind of mismatching players here and there. I was happy with the kids. A lot of little things; I think we missed five or six point-blank lay-ups, and we couldn’t have shot 20 percent from the foul line.”
Another one of the struggles for Poolesville was that some of their players were absent, including their starting point guard, leaving only six active players on the evening.
“At this point, we’re going to come out and we’re going to compete every single day and try to get a win, but really the point is to get better and better.”
Zehnle turned out to be the Falcons’ best player as he added 10 more points in the second half and finished by scoring four 3-pointers for an incredible 23-point performance. According to Kramek, Zehnle will be a player to look out for in the upcoming high school season.