"It's All About The Game"

Potomac wins choppy PG affair






Ron Bailey, Publisher

Contest was not par for the course.


January 12, 2014 - Normally Prince George's County basketball is an up and down affair. Even if the teams are not playing efficiently, they do treat on-lookers to fast paced hoops.

The 3A/2A/1A classification is generally par for the course, with Potomac (MD) and Douglass (MD), following suit. Strangely enough, last Friday's 57-51 Potomac win was abnormal.

Maybe the large number of fouls called stopped any flow, or possible missed shot after missed shot did it. Even if the zone defenses both teams employed for large portions of the game conspired to make it choppy. Whatever the reason, this was not the typical PG affair.

Randall Broddie in action.

Sophomore guard Randall Broddie led all scorers with 20 points, including 12 in the first quarter via four three pointers. Those shots were key in Potomac's 21-14 first stanza lead. Senior and Maryland-bound guard Dion Wiley had 15 points, 10 from the free throw line and all in the second half for Potomac.

Javaughn Talley, a junior guard, led Douglass with nine points, scored on jumpers . Sophomore Anthony Byrd scrapped his way to eight points, while senior guard Keyonte Frager finished with 10 points.

The Eagles, down double digits in the second half scrapped their zone and scrambled, producing multiple steals. Unfortunately missed free throws helped to scuttle that effort.

Up next for Potomac (8-3 overall, 6-1 in league) and Douglass (5-6, 4-3) are Surrattsville on the road and Fairmont heights at home, respectively.

Player Notes:

Marcellus Hurley - 6'4", 175 pound senior forward, Douglass (MD) - Active and long, Hurley is a solid defender who brings good energy. Hurley cleans the glass as well and passes well.

Is a very good student who has garnered looks from St. Mary's. Needs to extend his shooting range.

Vann Dunson - 6'2", 170 pound senior combo guard, Douglass (MD) - Dunson is a tough slasher that will mix it up. Needs to become a better shooter from distance.

Morgan State and Bowie State have shown some interest.

Dayjar 'Day-Day-Dickson - 6'7", 205 pound senior forward, Potomac (MD) - Dickson has expanded his offense, now adding a mid-range jumper to his stick backs and finishes. Is an energy guy that loves to defend, run the floor and rebound.

"Alcorn State, Sam Houston, Shepherd, Barton" and another school offered, shared Dickson afterward. He expects to continue his offensive development, and to be eligible for collegiate play.

Anthony Smith - 6'7" 185 pound junior forward, Potomac (MD) - "I've gotten stronger" said Smith of his body, while also noting "I love working with Day-Day" when discussing development; Smith is now one that rebounds, defends and scores around the tin. He competes at a high level, which is attributed competing daily with teammate Dickson.

Virginia Tech, Virginia and DePaul, amongst others, are showing varied level of interest.

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