It wasn’t even three minutes into the second half of the Montgomery County All-Star game, but Rich Porac already seemed a bit tired of regurgitating the same line over the microphone.
“And there’s Andrew Robinson,” the Albert Einstein High School coach-turned emcee said, almost sighing. “With his fifteenth dunk…of the half.”
There was some added amusement to that because, at the beginning of the game, a coach from Prince George’s Community College asked if the Robinson brother wearing No. 14 “had hops.” And then Andrew, Springbrook’s leading scorer this season, went on to tally 22 points, dunking enough times to put to rest any argument that he couldn’t spring with the best of them. He was far from the only one treating the fans to a show, too.
“Cross somebody up, dunk, just make it rain,” Montgomery Blair’s Lonnie Feldman said. “I think the crowd could have been louder but yeah, we put on a pretty good show.”
Feldman slammed home back-to-back tip-dunks off missed layups, Xavier Sewell of Clarksburg finished a number of alley-oops, Poolesville’s Trevor Stottlemyer put down the first two, Wheaton’s Ibrahim Kallon capped off the game with a monster right-hander, and Sherwood’s Ellis Dozier was regularly caught terrorizing the rims. This, it seemed, was the end goal for every player, save for perhaps Kallon.
“There was so much talent on the floor for both teams,” said Clarksburg’s Josh Hardy, who finished with a game-high 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting. “There were a lot of high-risers, shooters, ball handlers; it was a really good time.”
Kallon, the Knights’ top scorer, was the only one who seemed to harbor any semblance of care for who won the actual game, possibly because he wasn’t even aware he was slated to play until minutes prior to tip-off. Even the scorekeeper manning the clock threw in the towel early in the second half, when he had fallen so far behind that there was no point in bothering to get back on track again. The final score was Green Team 132, White Team 108. What did the scoreboard read? 37-8.
“It was fun, you know, I’m mad we lost, but it was nice to get a little sweat in,” said Kallon, owner of 10 points on the night. “But for me, I just wanted to get as many dunks as I can. Our season’s over, so it was just about having fun, show people what you can do.”
As far as the actual basketball goes, Hardy put on an excellent display in scoring his 24 points for the Green Team. Dozier tallied 14 in the second half, including going 2-for-3 from deep; Paint Branch’s Armando Nwizu added 13; Damascus’ Connor Burke threw in 11; and 22 of 23 total players scored.
For the White Team, James H. Blake’s Demonte Ojinnaka had a high of 20, followed by 14 each from Feldman and Sewell, 13 from Northwood’s Trey Wainwright, and 10 from Kallon.
“I had a great time,” Andrew Robinson said. “We just wanted to leave our mark on Montgomery County.”
Green Team 132, White Team 108
Green Team 67 65 — 132
White Team 58 50 — 108
Green Team: Josh Hardy 24, Andrew Robinson 22, Ellis Dozier 15, Aaron Robinson 13, Armando Nwizu 13, Connor Burke 11, Brian Ball 9, Keion Adams 8, Nehemiah Jackson 8, Jake Seiniger 5, Reuban Edwards 4.
White Team: Demonte Ojinnaka 20, Xavier Sewell 14, Lonnie Feldman 14, Trey Wainwright 13, Ibrahim Kallon 10, Damar Bess 9, Josiah Jones 8, Trevor Stottlemyer 7, Anthony Papagjika 5, Keif Williams 4, Aaron King 2, Josh Fried 2.