Huge second quarter lifts Largo -- Gazette.Net


Nothing could go wrong for the Largo High School boys basketball team in the second quarter of its game against Crossland on Tuesday.

Led by the dominating performances from their twin towers — 6-foot-7 sophomore Abdulai Bundu and 6-foot-6 senior John Majors — the Lions (10-6) outscored the Cavaliers (8-9) 34-7 in the second quarter to extend their winning streak to seven games with an 86-75 victory.

Largo trailed by double-digits early in the game before its second quarter run. Bundu scored 13 points of his game-high 29 points in the frame.

“I got my mind right. It took me a while to get my mind right, but when I did, I just started doing my thing,” said Bundu, who also collected 19 rebounds and blocked three shots.

Added Largo coach Lewis Howard: “We didn’t locate [defense] very much in the first quarter. Giving up 24 points is not something that we want to ever do and we held them to seven points in the second quarter.”

Coming off the bench, Majors scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

“It’s a pretty good tandem. They’ve grown into playing with one another. At this stage of the season, it has been a really good thing for them,” said Howard, now in his 13th season with the Lions.

Senior Daemond Carter tallied 19 points for the Lions and junior Aaron Thomas added 10.

Crossland came back in the third quarter after Chucky Owens’ 3-pointer cut Largo’s lead to six. But the Lions responded with a 7-0 run to end the quarter.

“They got behind and didn’t get the momentum in that second quarter. Once you get down like that, it’s hard to come back,” Crossland coach Steve Matthews said.

Owens led the Cavaliers with 18 points and Eric Landis tallied 16.

Despite a four-game losing streak earlier in the season, the Lions have positioned themselves near the top of the Prince George’s County 3A/2A/1A League standings. Their last loss came against Friendly on Jan. 8.

“We were just getting used to being a team,” Majors said. “All of us just coming together, we didn’t have a lot of varsity experience.”

On Friday, Largo will travel to Capitol Heights for a road game against Central. The Lions lost 64-62 when the teams met in December. The game came down to the wire, with Majors missing a game-tying shot in the final seconds.

“We’re just trying to gear up to make the adjustments and hopefully we’ll be able to go in there and have a great contest against them,” Howard said.

Crossland will play host to Forestville Military Academy later this week.

Largo 86, Crossland 75

Crossland (8-9) 24 7 19 25 — 75

Largo (10-6) 13 34 16 23 — 86


Crossland: Chucky Owens 18, Eric Landis 16, Malik Morgan 13, Gary Harrison 12, James West 11, Willie Greer 3, Darion Brown 2.

Largo: Abdulai Bundu 29, Daemond Carter 19, John Majors 15, Aaron Thomas 10, Dion Garner 6, Connie Ihearahu Jr. 4, Steve Nickerson II 3.