Springbrook High School senior Aaron Robinson put Dulaney High School in an early hole in the 4A North championship game Friday night.
After halftime, his brother Andrew completed the burial.
The Robinson brothers combined for 43 points in their final home game as the Blue Devils advanced to the state semifinals with a 76-46 rout of Baltimore County-based Dulaney.
“It's a great night for Springbrook,” coach Thomas Crowell said. “The kids played great, played good defense, played hard.”
Aaron Robinson scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half, including 12 in the first quarter.
“It feels great that we were both able to go out with a bang,” he said. “The first half I was carrying the load and second half (Andrew) picked up the load and carried it.”
Andrew Robinson, who scored 19 of his 25 points after intermission, said he and Aaron knew they had to play big roles against Dulaney.
“Me and my brother, before the game we said that if we were going to win, it was going to be me and him, we had to take it over. My shot wasn't falling in the first half, so we relied on him, and I was trying to finish it,” Andrew Robinson said after helping cut down the Springbrook nets.
“When the twins are on, we're pretty tough. We're really tough,” said Crowell, who was quick to note however, that the Blue Devils are more than two-man team as they head to the Comcast Center.
“We're a different ball club,” Crowell said comparing the team now to earlier in the season. “(Point guard Tavon Ngangum) is good, Alex Evans has played tremendously, rebounding inside, and Isaiah Eisendorf (11 points). It's a team, believe me.”
One night after a close win against James H. Blake, the Blue Devils trailed only once in winning their third game in as many days.
“I've been coaching over 40 years in this county,” Crowell said. “This is the toughest three days of my entire life. And the kids also. Three games in three days. Two of the games against rivals.”
The opening minutes featured a scrum in which most of the players on the court ended up diving after the same loose ball.
“There must have been eight guys diving on that ball,” Crowell said. “I'm a football coach too [assistant coach for Our Lady of Good Counsel]. That got me so fired up. I knew we couldn't be beat from that moment on.”
With Dulaney leading 3-2, Aaron Robinson then hit three-pointers on consecutive trips and Andrew Robinson capped the 8-0 run with a layup. The Lions closed to within 10-6, but Springbrook scored the final 10 points of the quarter, the final six on another pair of threes from Aaron Robinson.
“They were in a zone and when I saw that they were in zone I knew we had shooters. I looked for my shot,” Aaron Robinson said.
Early in the second quarter, Dulaney lost 6-foot-8 Jon Simms to foul trouble, and the Springbrook lead was soon 16.
The Lions never found their shot consistently, missing a variety of jump shots, layups, foul shots and even a dunk.
“We (played) a sag and man-to-man,” Crowell said. “Play off and don't let them penetrate. Make them shoot. In our scouting reports we saw that they really weren't that great a shooting team.”
Dulaney scored the first four points of the third quarter to pull within 10, making Springbrook's six missed free throws in the second quarter seem relevant momentarily, but they got no closer.
Alex Evans and Andrew Robinson keyed a 12-2 run that pushed the lead to 19 late in the third quarter.
Leading 55-34 after three, Springbrook scored the first 13 points of the final quarter, including nine by Andrew Robinson and briefly doubled the Lions, 68-34, and the only question remaining was when Crowell would empty his bench.
“It's amazing,” Andrew Robinson said. “This is my dream. I wanted to go out on top in my senior year. Hopefully we can finish it off and put another banner on the wall.”
Springbrook 76, Dulaney 46
Dulaney 6 15 13 12—46
Springbrook 20 15 20 21—76
Dulaney — Scott Harrellson 10, Isaiah Lamb10, Jason Lawson 9, Jon Sims 8, Gary Bernandez 7, Stewart German 2.
Springbrook — Andrew Robinson 25, Aaron Robinson 18, Isaiah Eisendorf 11, Alex Evans 7, Tavon Ngangum 6, Jermaine Ukaegbu 4, Aaron Burton 2, Vincent Brown 2, Kobe Colston 1.