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Potomac High School boys basketball coach Renard Johnson wanted to play Milford Mill last weekend at the Baltimore City Public School’s Basketball Academy at Morgan State University.

“For obvious reason,” Johnson said with a laugh.

To the chagrin of the Wolverines, they wouldn’t get a crack at the Millers in hopes of avenging their 84-55 loss in the 2013 3A state finals, but they would get a shot at Baltimore city’s Lake Clifton, taking a 56-45 victory back to Prince George’s County.

“I love playing Baltimore teams,” Paul VI transfer Quadree Smith said. “It’s like a county game for me.”

The rest of the county contingent making the trip to Charm City — Largo, Eleanor Roosevelt and Riverdale Baptist — may have enjoyed seeing different competition, but they didn’t fare quite as well as Potomac.

Roosevelt, playing in the event both Friday and Saturday for the first time, dropped two in a row to Patterson and Edmondson-Westside while Largo was defeated by Poly and Riverdale by City, though the Crusaders did follow up by dominating Dunbar, 73-43.

“I like going down there,” Roosevelt coach Brendan O’Connell said. “It didn’t go too well but I like going down there. It was a good experience for the kids. We wanted to play good teams and we did.”

Best bet

Largo at Potomac, 7 p.m. Friday

One of the hottest 2A teams (Potomac) hosts one of the coldest (Largo).

Flowers girls hot

The Charles H. Flowers girls’ basketball team is on a five-game win streak and it’s in large part thanks to the dominance of De’Janae Boykin. The 6-foot-2 junior is averaging 22.9 points per game on the season and averaging 25 in her last five games.

Boykin had 24 points, 18 rebounds and nine steals in a 64-46 win over Henry A. Wise (7-7, 7-4) on Friday, nearly recording a triple-double.

“I mean, when you can be that versatile whether it’s offense or defense ... it’s definitely a jewel to have,” Jaguars coach Patrice Frazier-Watson said after the victory.

Boykin followed that up with 21 points, 23 rebounds and six blocks in a 63-53 victory against Bowie (12-5, 9-3) on Tuesday.

Flowers (11-1, 11-1) is undefeated since its 75-49 loss to Eleanor Roosevelt (15-0, 12-0) earlier this month. Boykin is averaging 17.2 rebounds and has reached double-digit points in every game other than the Roosevelt loss, when she scored six.

— Eric Goldwein

Best bet

Crossland at Gwynn Park, 7 p.m. Friday

Two top Prince George’s County 3A/2A/1A League teams square off for the second time. The Yellow Jackets won in round one, 57-53.