ROCKVILLE – Two Montgomery County high school boys basketball teams entered Dec. 13 without a loss, as Richard Montgomery hosted Sherwood.
The Rockets carried the momentum for the majority of the game, though the Warriors of Sherwood (1-1) made it close at the half. However, it was not enough to stop Richard Montgomery, who cruised to an 82-59 victory.
The Rockets (4-0) flew out to a hot start through a series of layups, rebounds and 3-pointers as they led 26-15 at the end of the first quarter. Hayden Lunenfeld’s play attributed to their early success as he was dominant from behind the arc as he connected for five 3-pointers as part of his team-high 21 points for Richard Montgomery.
“When shots fall, it looks pretty beautiful out there,” said Lunenfeld. “I’m proud of how my team was able to find me and contribute to my successful night.”
Down 40-31 with 0.4 seconds left in the first half, Sherwood junior Noah Elias hit a three-quarter court shot that went in the basket at the buzzer to cut the deficit to six points at halftime. Elias finished the night with 12 points.
Warriors senior Nate Lacey accounted for 13 points, including two blocks. However, the comeback was not enough as the Rockets continued playing an up-tempo style by converting their shots and playing solid defense. Their shooting efficiency also helped as Richard Montgomery finished the game with 14 converted 3-pointers.
Junior Jabrill Robinson also contributed greatly to the victory with 16 points, including four 3-pointers, while fellow junior Tre Powell dropped 13 points.
Last year, Richard Montgomery made it very far in the playoffs, ending up in the state semifinals. Lunenfeld said he and his current teammates hope for much more than that this time around.
“Obviously, the end goal is the championship,” said Lunenfeld. “We’ve got to keep playing smart basketball together, trusting each other as a teammate, and we believe we have a really good chance of getting back there.”