A few hours before Potomac and Oakland Mills High School tipped off for the Class 2A South Region final, Wolverine guards Randall Broddie and Dion Wiley started up the pregame routine they had gone through 26 times prior: 300-450 shots from all over the court. Potomac coach Renard Johnson observed every one of them, and while he didn’t keep stats or a shot chart, he estimated the duo shot somewhere around 60 or 70 percent.
He would later say he anticipated a decent night from his heralded guards, but there was nobody, not even Johnson, who could have anticipated what happened next.
Broddie led Potomac’s first quarter domination, scoring 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting, while Wiley added eight on 3-of-6 shooting as the Wolverines built a 31-10 lead. Johnson’s team was scoring at such a rapid clip that the lead seemed to jump more than two or three points at a time: 5-2, 11-4, 20-8, 31-10.
“This is the best that we played in the first quarter all year,” Johnson said. “Normally we have some slow starts but it was — these guys were hungry and after winning last year, it’s more fear that you don’t want to lose this game than the desire to win this game. You got to defend the title.”
“I really wanted to get it going early,” said Broddie, who finished with 27 points, second to Wiley’s 30. “You can’t relax because if you relax they’ll get us every time so you got to come out early, getting things going early.”
Just one time in the eventual 101-63 rout would Oakland Mills draw within 20 points, and that lasted all of one possession, a product of Potomac shooting more than 50 percent every quarter — including 9-of-16 from three — and scoring more than 20 every quarter.
“When [Broddie’s] cooking, it opens up me, and then if I’m cooking it opens up both of us, and then [Quadree Smith] and Dayjar [Dickson} — we just got a lot of weapons,” Wiley said. “So if they double-team us, there’s always somebody else who’s going to be able to score.”
By halftime, the lead swelled to 29, and the next 16 minutes resembled a dunk contest more than it did a region final. Quadree Smith, who hauled in 20 rebounds, scored four of his 15 on dunks, six of Dickson’s fourth quarter points ended with him hanging on the rim, even 5-foot-11 David Rose elevated for a fast-break slam, all of which, of course, followed Wiley and Broddie’s opening act of three first quarter dunks in four trips down the floor.
“That just came out of nowhere tonight,” Broddie said.
For the second time in as many years, the Wolverines advance to play at the Comcast Center, site of the state tournament, where they will see Patterson Mill. Afterwards, Smith stood amongst a throng of elated fans. He was impressed with the 38-point drubbing, yes, but he hinted at much more to come.
“That’s just a little something,” he said. “We can do better in all aspects: defense, offense. That’s just how good we can play, and it gets better.”
Potomac 101, Oakland Mills 63
Potomac (23-4) 31 21 21 28 — 101
Oakland Mills (20-5) 10 13 26 14 — 63
Potomac: Dion Wiley 30, Randall Broddie 27, Quadree Smith 15, Dayjar Dickson 12, David Rose 7, Emil Neugent 4, Aaron Kelly 2, Jerry Sharpe 2, Anthony Smith 1, Daris Lawson 1.
Oakland Mills: Naquan Williams-Day 20, Larry Aaron 14, Nekhi Bradley 11, Earl Mitchell 10, Daniel Kiely 4, Wayne Powers 2, Marvin Williams 2.