Blake Bengals Road to Regionals

The Boy’s Basketball team officially ended their regular season last Tuesday, finishing with a stellar record of 17-5, making them Division Champs over Paint Branch and Springbrook. Blake ended the season with the 4th seed, which set them up for a favorable matchup in the first round. The Bengals are now gearing up for the second playoff game of the season, facing Sherwood this Thursday. They will be led by their star seniors, Blake Adams and Nick Womack, along with emerging freshman Baba Oladotun.  

Key Players 

Baba Oladotun is a freshman transfer from DeMatha Catholic HS. Baba had a tremendous first year, averaging close to 14 points per game (PPG). Baba’s best game came against Richard Montgomery where he dropped a season-high 31 points for the Bengals. He also grew on the other side of the ball averaging over two steals a game. In the win over Sherwood, Baba had arguably the best shot of the year with a three-pointer to win the game in the final seconds. 

Nick Womack, a Senior, is the starting forward. Nick took a huge stride forward, averaging close to 14 PPG, with his best game coming against Springbrook where he dropped 28 points. Nick also was a menace on defense, getting close to four rebounds and holding down the paint for the Bengals.

Blake Adams was this season’s starting point guard. This is his third year on the team, and he was the third player on Blake to be averaging around 14 PPG. Blake did a lot more than just scoring; he averaged 3 assists per game. In his second year being a captain, Blake was this team’s voice. 

This year the varsity team had three sophomores get meaningful minutes: Tahj Martin, Armani Fowlkes, and Christan Kennard. Tahj has really stood out, averaging eight PPG over the season with his biggest game coming against rival Sherwood, with 17 points and some clutch-time buckets. Armani came off the bench this year for the Bengals and provided the team with a rest ball handler and a solid seven PPG. The final sophomore who had a great season was Christan Kennard. He also came off the bench for the Bengals and was one of the most reliable shooters for the Bengals this year, getting a smooth five PPG.Β 

Key Games

The Bengals came out victorious against several strong schools this season, such as Richard Montgomery and Sherwood. The turning point of the season was after the first matchup against RM, where Blake went on to win ten games straight. Along with sweeping division rival Paint Branch, Blake also won the latter two games against Sherwood and Springbrook, cementing their 10-0 run. 


Blake will host their second playoff game on Thursday, facing off against Sherwood. If they win, This home playoff game on Thursday will mark the third matchup between these two teams. This situation is eerily similar to last year, when Blake fell to Sherwood in the playoffs. Even still, the Bengals will try to put that in the back of their minds and make a deep playoff run, with championship aspirations.