Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Gryphon hoops duo commits to Shepherd College

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Largely through the combined play of sophomores Tyrone Roach and Tariq Ugdah, the Montgomery College-Germantown men’s basketball program experienced one of its best seasons to date in 2007-08, including finishing fourth at the NJCAA Division III national tournament.

Their strong play did not go unrecognized, as the pair recently signed to play at Shepherd (W.Va.) University, a four-year Division II program that plays in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The program compiled records of 16-13 overall and 9-11 in the WVIAC this past season.

Roach, a Germantown resident, guided the Gryphons to a 26-8 record and earned third-team NJCAA All-American honors, while averaging 15.3 points and 4.8 assists from his guard position. Serving as team captain, Roach garnered first-team All-Region XX junior college and second team All-MD junior college honors and was named most valuable player of the Region XX Tournament and the Maryland JUCO All-Star game.

‘‘Tyrone is a true combo guard who can score himself and set up his teammates,” head coach Ken Tyler said in a school press release. ‘‘He is a strong, tough, natural leader. He will give us another playmaker to team with [Paint Branch graduate] Fred Lymas in the backcourt, and should contribute right away.”

Ugdah, a Lanham native, is a 6-foot-6 forward who produced an average of 14 points and nine rebounds a game for Montgomery College while also earning All-Region XX JUCO, second team All-MD JUCO and national tournament all-tournament honors.

‘‘Tariq is a talented and versatile athlete,” Tyler said. ‘‘He has the ability to score both inside and outside, as well as defend a variety of positions. We expect him to make an immediate impact.”

The Gryphons won two of three games at the national tournament, besting Central Lakes College (Minn.), 66-55, and Springfield Tech (Mass.), 79-77, after falling, 76-73, against Hostos Community College (N.Y.) in the opening round.