Posted On: 03/6/18 11:00 AM
UPPER MARLBORO, MD — The DeMatha Stags captured the 2018 Maryland Private School Championship with a 64-58 win over the Eagles of Rock Creek Christian Academy at Riverdale Baptist School on Monday Night. 2020 Hunter Dickinson was named MVP, and Villanova and Maryland were in the house for this contest. Here we recap this intriguing matchup with the 10 best.
Hunter Dickinson went off for a personal best 31 points last night. The 7-foot center showcased his touch from long range, connecting on three trey balls in the first half. We’ll touch more Dickinson’s impressive offensive performance in a bit.
It was an efficient night for the #1 overall prospect in our Maryland 2020 Rankings. Dickinson shot 13 of 16 overall, including 3 of 4 from downtown, and 2 of 3 from the charity stripe. He finished strong through contact, and was virtually unplayable.
DeMatha’s two-headed point guard monster of Jahmir Young and Josh Wallace finished the game strong, and were key contributors on defense especially in this game. They both picked up 94 feet, and applied relentless pressure on the ball while recording several deflections and steals.
2020 Earl Timberlake was 0 for 6 from the field, but found other ways to impact this game. He recorded 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks, and went 3 of 4 from the foul line. Timberlake was named to the all-tournament team for his effort.
Jermaine Harris pulled down a game-high 9 rebounds, 3 of which came on the offensive glass. The 6-foot-9 Rhode Island commit, who scored 23 points and hit 3 treys, showed that he is talented but also works hard.
Jon Preston did a bit of everything in this one. The 2018 guard recorded 7 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block. Preston hit some tough shots to help keep his team in the game down the stretch.
This was a no-brainer. 2018 D’Marco Baucum, who scored 11 points, came in and provided a much needed spark off the bench for the Eagles. The 6’7 forward scored from a variety of areas, and attacked the offensive glass consistently.
Justin Moore was able to deliver whatever his team needed in order to secure this win, and for that he gets the award for best intangibles. Maryland’s 2019 prospect, who recorded 22 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block, and 1 assist, worked the offensive boards, defended well, and hit timely shots.
Dickinson showed why he is a “five star”, and one of the best sophomores in the country on this occasion. He was undoubtedly the top underclassmen in terms of production.
The Stags are 2 for 2 in their trophy hunt this season. Can they complete the treble at Alhambra this weekend? It will be tough, but we think they can pull it off if they remain focused.