Fairmont Heights High School (23-6) located in Capitol Heights, MD fell to Baltimore, MD-based Dunbar High School 59-48 on March 10 at the Xfinity Center in College Park, MD during the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) 1A state championship game.
Hornets senior guard Darren Lucas-White scored 19 points, pulled down five rebounds, had two assists, a block and accounted for two steals against the Poets. Senior guard Yearlarndo Reed, II scored in double-figures as well with 11 points and nearly notched a double-double by cleaning the glass with nine boards.
“We still had time to beat Dunbar,” Lucas-White said. “I tried to pump the crowd up so we could be pumped up but seeing how the game [ended], it’s heartbreaking. From the comeback after last year and trying to get another state championship but we just fell short.”
The Hornets breezed past Patterson Mill High School (Bel Air, MD) by the score of 72-49 on March 9 during the semifinal match before falling to the Poets. Fairmont Heights senior guard Kimani Benjamin led the Hornets in scoring in that one with 17 points, and Lucas-White pitched in with 14 points.
Bladensburg High School (Bladensburg, MD), like Fairmont Heights, could not finish its championship journey against Perry Hall High School located in Baltimore, MD 56-52.
Despite coming into the tournament without a winning record, Bladensburg defied all odds to advance to the championship game.
Bladensburg senior forward Daniel Oladapo had a double-double accounting for 18 points, 14 rebounds and he had an assist in 32 minutes on the floor. Mustangs senior guard Joshua Williamson scored 16 points, had three rebounds, two assists and three steals in the championship game.
The Mustangs (15-13) took down Glen Burnie, MD-based Old Mill in the 4A state semifinal match 69-53 on March 8. Oladapo led the Mustangs in the scoring department with 27 points while Williamson chipped in with 15 points.
“For us, I still haven’t had a chance to let it soak all in,” Bladensburg Head Coach Antonio Williams said. The expectations for us is to get here every year. This year we were able to get buzzer beaters and big stops. Our gameplan was to underneath the screens and stand our ground and be able to get some bounces. Playoff basketball is what we live for every year, but the best team won.”