Posts tagged ‘Dan Harwood’

March 16, 2013

Boys Basketball: Magruder Falls to Eleanor Roosevelt in State Final

by Eric Meany

Magruder senior and George Washington University recruit Nick Griffin (left) and Eleanor Roosevelt's Lerenzo Foote battle for position during Saturday's state title game.

Magruder senior Nick Griffin (left) and Eleanor Roosevelt’s Lerenzo Foote battle for position during Saturday’s state title game.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — After the Magruder High School boys basketball team’s 62-50 victory over Baltimore Polytechnic Institute on Thursday, Colonels coach Dan Harwood was asked to compare this year’s squad to the team that won the Class 4A state championship in 2012. His thoughts immediately turned to two inside players who graduated last year.

“Garland Owens,” Harwood said without hesitation. “He was a force inside. And then Luke Ruland was six-eight, he took up a lot of space. But overall, I think the main thing is we miss Garland’s presence.”

Even after a decisive victory, Harwood sensed that this year’s Magruder team was vulnerable inside. And in their 61-56 loss to Eleanor Roosevelt in the final of the MPSSAA State Championship Tournament at the Comcast Center on Saturday, that weakness was exploited to great effect. The Raiders grabbed 20 offensive rebounds and held the Colonels without a single free-throw attempt in reversing the outcome of last year’s championship game between the same two teams and winning the second state title in the history of the Prince George’s County school.

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March 14, 2013

Boys Basketball: Magruder Tops Poly in State Semifinal

by Eric Meany

Seniors Justin Witmer (left) and J.J. Epps will finish their high school careers playing for a second consecutive state championship Saturday.

Seniors Matt Ricketts (left) and J.J. Epps will finish their high school careers playing for a second consecutive state championship.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The defending state champion Magruder High School boys basketball team got 17 points and 10 rebounds from senior forward Justin Witmer and used stifling defensive pressure to defeat Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, 62-50, in the semifinal round of the Class 4A MPSSAA tournament at the Comcast Center on Thursday.

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March 12, 2012

Dan Harwood on Spencer Datt

Magruder High School boys basketball coach Dan Harwood took some time after his team’s victory in the Class 4A Maryland  State Championship Game to discuss the memory of Spencer Datt, who was killed in an automobile accident in 2011.

We lost Spencer Datt. He graduated in 2010, he was teammates with J.J., Garland, Nick, and Luke. All the kids knew him from my basketball camp. And it was devastating to us. Any time you lose a young person at that stage in their life in a tragic accident – it was unbelievable. But all the things you see with the shirts — the “Who Datt,” the “We Datt,” the stuff with the sayings — it was all kid-generated. You don’t have to report this stuff, I know it’s not the main story, but my team that’s the kind of kids they were. It was all kid-generated, they designed those shirts, they came up with those shirts, they have all the sayings. They were fighting for Spencer all year. I’m just so proud of them that way, and I know Spencer was looking down on us.

March 11, 2012

Magruder Wins 4A Championship Behind Epps’ Clutch Free Throws

by Eric Meany

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Two nights after propelling his team to an overtime victory in the semifinals, junior J.J. Epps hit four free throws in the last minute of play to give the Magruder High School boys basketball team a 39-36 win over Eleanor Roosevelt in the MPSSAA Class 4A championship Saturday at the Comcast Center.

The Roosevelt Raiders (22-5) led Epps’ Colonels (26-1) by one point with 43.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter when Epps stepped to the line to shoot two free throws. Despite the significance of the situation, Epps said he didn’t let it affect his approach.

“No pressure,” the soft-spoken Epps said with a smile after the game. “I mean, it’s just a free throw. You just go up there and shoot it.”

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