It’s been 41 years since a Maryland Boys 4A school has won back-to-back basketball championships. But the streak finally ended at Comcast Center on Saturday night as Springbrook won their 36th game in a row to capture their second consecutive Maryland State Championship with a 73-61 win over Henry A. Wise High School.
The win gives the undefeated Blue Devils, 27-0, the first consecutive State titles since Northwestern stopped Richard Montgomery from winning two in a row in 1967 and then captured the 1968 championship. Springbrook is now 52-2 in the last two seasons. They haven’t lost since 2/14/08 when Gaithersburg beat them 57-56.
The Blue Devils, not known for their free thrown shooting, connected on 30 of 37 attempts in the second half, including10 in a row in the fourth period, to pull away from the Prince George’s County school who was making their first appearance in the State Tournament.
Wise led by five at the end of the first period after connecting on two consecutive three-point shots to close the quarter, 12-7. But from that point on, it was all Springbrook.
The Blue Devils scored 20 points in the second period to lead at the half 27-24.
Wise stayed close, pulling to within one at 44-43 early in the final period. But then Springbrook started to pull away with it’s great ball handling and accurate shooting from the line.
Springbrook Players after the Game
Jamal Olasewere was eight for nine from the floor, scoring 21 points, and grabbing 15 rebounds to lead both teams in both categories.
But it was the ball handling of Chris Carter that proved to make the difference as Springbrook pulled away in the final period, building its lead to as much as 13. Carter frequently brought the ball down court and patiently paced the Blue Devil offense finding Olasewere, Brandon Davis A(12 points) or Kwambina Coker (8 points on 4-5 shooting) down low or Jeremy Williams (17 points) on the wing.
And if they didn’t make a shot, Wise usually sent them to the free-throw line. Williams nailed 9 of 10 free throws and Davis made 10-14. Carter was also hot from the charity stripe making 6 of 6.
Springbrook scored 32 points in the final period, outscoring Wise by nine points.
THE NUMBERS ON THE BLUE DEVILS
Springbrook is certainly the most dominant team in the State the last four years. The numbers:
- 36 wins in a row
- 52-2 the last two seasons
- Haven’t lost since 2/14/08 to Gaithersburg 57-56
- Four State Championships: 1972, 1988, 2008, 2009
- 13 Region Titles
- 10 Division Titles
- 23 All Mets – you can probably add one more: Jamal Olasewere this year
CONGRATS TO TOM CROWEL
Tom Crowel has a pretty good streak going for himself, too. Since he took over at Springbrook, the Blue Devils have gone: 18-6, 19-4, 25-2 and 27-0.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY DOMINATES MARYLAND 4A
This is the fourth consecutive Maryland State 4A championship for Montgomery County. Whitman captured the title in 2006 to start the current streak. Sherwood defeated Magruder in 2007 and Springbrook won the last two.
The Blue Devils win also assured the Montgomery County wouldn’t get shut out this year. Seneca Valley lost in the Semi-Finals to eventual 3A Champion Lake Clifton (also 27-0). The County was shut out as Blake (4A) and Paint Branch (3A) lost their State Championship games.