College Park, MD – In the school’s first trip to the biggest stage, this Huntingtown boys basketball team gave it their all, but lost to a more experienced C. Milton Wright squad that was in the state semis last season. They were in the game for a good portion of it. They held a lead at the end of the first quarter, and squandered it away in the second. They came very close to getting it back in the third, but could never grab a hold of it. They played a very tight game, just had a few bad possessions, and shots that normally hit but weren’t falling on this day.

The first quarter was slow-paced. The Mustangs attempted an alley-oop on the first possession after the tip, but the ball flew over the rim. After that, both teams slowed it down, and tried to find their footing on the Xfinity Center floor. Huntingtown led at the end of the first quarter 10-9.

In the second, the floodgates opened and both teams countered each others scores one after the other. The largest lead in the quarter was the end margin, and that was 5. The second quarter featured six lead changes, and three ties. Huntingtown pulled into the lead for the last time on a layup by DJ Hopkins, who received the ball off a flashy no-look pass from Davaughn Reid. But, CM Wright quickly came back and tied it, and the ‘Canes were playing catch-up the rest of the afternoon.

In the second half, the Mustangs outran the Hurricanes scoring attack, and hit shots when they mattered the most. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Hurricanes had trimmed the lead back to 3 points, and carried the momentum into the fourth.. It didn’t last long as the Mustangs got a steal and connected on a jam by Dante Brown to push the lead back to 5. His dunk set the pace for the quarter. The Canes tried to keep up, but the deficit became too large. The buzzer sounded, and CM Wright had defeated them 61-52.

CM Wright was led in scoring by Corey Bays who scored 25 points. He really got hot in the second quarter , scoring 9 of his points in that period. Huntingtown was led in scoring by the Easton twins. On this go-round Bryan outscored Brandon. They scored 15 and 12 respectively.  Huntingtown finished the season with a 21-6 record, and a region title.

Following the game, Coach Nick Coates spoke to reporters, and said,  “This game takes nothing away from our successes over the season. We won the region, we were 4 points away from winning our conference, and we won our division. It all starts up again next year. We’ll be ready”.

Huntingtown graduates 5 seniors, but returns a good core of players back who now have experience on the big stage at College Park.