Boys Varsity Basketball Preview

Shoot, score, swish! Boys basketball is back!

The team opened their season with a crushing win against Seneca Valley with a score of 73-40. Junior Ray Washington led the boys with 18 points, and senior captain Raef Hetherington followed with 16 points. 

They strive to build on last year’s season that resulted in a playoff win, but ended in a heartbreaking loss to Magruder. They finished with a 11-13 record in the 2018-19 season and hope to build on their progress for this season.

The team also has a new face in the coaching staff with Desmin Wade leading the boys as head coach. Coming in over the summer, Wade has been able to create a strong bond with the team. β€œ[We’re] a very family-oriented group,” Coach Wade says. β€œThey actually care about each other… [I] love this group to death [and I] wouldn’t want to do it with anybody else.”

Senior Cyrus Wilson sings the same tone as well. β€œAll the young dudes we had before are all seniors now, [so] now all those dudes have matured and built a bond and chemistry for this year.”

After Seneca Valley, the Bengals took on next door neighbors, Good Counsel, the following Friday. Fighting a hard battle, the Bengals ultimately fell to the Falcons 69-57. Trailing this game was a road clash against Wheaton, resulting in a 56-47 victory. 

The boys will return back home against the highly anticipated rivalry game against Paint Branch, which will feature a β€œblackout” theme for the student section. With such high tensions and emotions coming into this matchup, staying focused is key.

β€œIt’s just another game at the end of the day,” Wade says. β€œWe know the people from the other team, so it’s human nature to be excited. But it’s just another game where 32 minutes is going to happen regardless.”

With a fantastic start to the season, the boys look to establish themselves as one of the top teams in the county, and a force to be reckoned with. β€œWe’re trying to put on a show for you guys every night,” Coach Wade says.

Players to watch (quotes by Coach Wade): 

  • Raef Herrington, senior: 2018 All-County selection, averaged 17 points
  • Ray Washington-Battle, junior: Transfer from Northwood High School
  • Miles Samuels, senior: β€œSuper sleeper. Kid can score the basketball, but no one in the county knows that really.”
  • Brian Ayafor, junior: β€œKid is super athletic, and nobody knows him either.”

In short, watch out for the Bengals!

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