"It's All About The Game"

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Ron Bailey, Publisher

PG battle was in flux until the end.


February 2, 2014 - With 6:10 remaining in their game versus Potomac (MD), visiting Largo (MD) went up 52-51 after junior forward Abdulai Bundu's thundering dunk, recapturing it again over two minutes later. Largo had battled back from six down at halftime, and seemed well situated to upset their budding rival.

It wasn't to be, as the Lions were outscored 16-2 to close the game, eventually falling 71-58 to Potomac. Strategic fouling certainly contributed to the final four, but wasn't the only culprit.

Dion Wiley, letting off a jumper.

"We had six consecutive possessions where we didn't get anything" said Largo head coach Louis Howard, of his team's work down the stretch. Howard attributed the problem scoring to his team's relative youth.

That same lineup did show poise earlier in attacking Potomac's 1-3-1 zone. "We just wanted to get a little movement" shared Howard of his team's overload offense against Potomac's scheme.

Bundu and his teammates scored repeatedly against it, at the rim. The junior performer tied for game high with 22 points. Senior guard Aaron Thomas chipped in 15 points, including 10 from the charity stripe.

With Largo's overload offense's success, Potomac's head Renard Johnson switched scheme's employing a sagging man to man and other formations. Senior Wolverine guard Dion Wiley on the team doing so: We had to figure out a way to take away their (overload) offense. It was working".

Wiley scored 21 points, including four three pointers and seven of eight free throws, while also pulling down five rebounds. His backcourt mate, sophomore Randall Broddie matched Bundu's 22 points.

Potomac's junior forward Anthony Smith finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. His output was crucial, as the Wolverine's other frontcourt guys - seniors Quadree Smith and Dayjar Dickson battled foul trouble throughout, though recent transfer Smith, was credited with pulling down 15 boards.

Tuesday Potomac travels to Fairmont Heights (MD), for another PG 3A/2A/1A matchup. Largo, who ventured out of league Saturday with a 95-74 loss to Clinton Christian, returns to it Tuesday, welcoming Central.

Player Notes:

Abdulai Bunda - 6'6", 190 pound junior forward, Largo (MD) - Bunda is a dynamo in the paint, where he scores, rebounds and defends. Bunda goes hard all the time, making him a force to deal with.

Many A-10 schools, including VCU, Temple and St. Joe's are showing interest. Howard and Buffalo have offered, while Texas A&M and Villanova are sniffing. No one has offered as of yet.

Abdulai Bunda, spinning down low.

Bunda needs to develop his face up offensive skills - patting and shooting - for college.

Dion Wiley - 6'5", 215 pound senior guard, Potomac (MD) - Wiley again proved deadly from three ball range. His willingness to pass, including delivering two nice, no look dishes from half court, were standout plays; he will find teammates.

Wiley, headed to Maryland next year, seems on track to regaining his form, as an early ankle injury hobbled him and negatively impacted his fitness.


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