It was a dominant third quarter for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School boys basketball team, and Matthew Lawrence made sure Damascus knew it.
In the closing seconds of the period, Lawrence drained a 3-pointer, put his pointed fingers to his thumbs to leave three fingers up, blew them off and placed his hands in imaginary holsters at his side. The bucket gave the Barons their largest lead of the game, a 14-point cushion, and B-CC beat the Hornets, 54-42, on Thursday in the consolation game of the CKA/Panther Holiday Invitational tournament at Paint Branch.
It was the Barons’ first win of the season after six losses.
“It feels real good,” senior Brandon Takang said. “Now we know what it feels like to win and now we know how to win, so we’re hoping this carries on.”
After the Hornets’ Stephon Jacob opened the second half with a layup to bring B-CC’s lead to 26-25, Damascus could muster little offense.
Led by Takang’s eight third-quarter points, including going 4-for-4 from the free throw line, the Barons went on a 13-0 run to close the periord and allowed just four points during the eight minutes.
“At halftime we emphasized playing a lot of defense,” said Takang, who finished with 12 points. “Coach has talked about us being a first-half team, so we’d play good for the first half and then the second half we’d just break down. So he really emphasized sticking through the whole game, finishing out, playing all 32 minutes and playing hardcore defense.”
There came a time when the Barons were flustered. Damascus used a full-court press after making baskets and it caught B-CC off guard at times. But when the Barons navigated their way through the jumble of defenders, it led to quick baskets.
“We’re at the point in the season where we’re able to handle it and we’ve seen it before. So now when it comes it may catch us off guard initially, but we’re able persevere and get through it,” B-CC coach Sean Tracy said. “[The win] wasn’t pretty but we came out and did the things we talked about doing: executing on offense, taking care of the ball, being strong with the ball and ultimately having a great defensive effort from all five guys. And we did it tonight.”
Bethesda-Chevy Chase 54, Damascus 42
Damascus 15 8 4 15 — 42
BCC 10 16 15 13 — 54
Damascus — Cade Woody 9, Rashard Budd 8, Stephon Jacob 8, Deandre Jolley 7, Conner Burke 5, Joseph Daniel 3, Jack Rogers 2
BCC — Eric Tschinderer 15, Brandon Takang 12, Matthew Lawrence 8, Steven Kelly 6, Jared Stape 4, Keleb Stewart 4, Matthew Schaengold 2, Marcellus Powell 2, Nicholas McGreivy 1