Blair's varsity boys' basketball team won 56-50 against Clarksburg on Friday night. Sophomore forward Ethan Ellis scored 13 points and senior center Julius Cobb dunked twice and scored 21 points.
The Blair boys' basketball team (9-8) flexed its muscles against the Northwood Gladiators (2-17) on Tuesday. With a full-court, man-to-man defense throughout the game, the Blazers put pressure on Northwood from the beginning and took advantage of opportunities on offense. After gaining a lead in the first quarter, Blair pulled ahead significantly and never looked back.
The Blair Blazers (7-6) lost to the Paint Branch Panthers (10-5) by a score of 59-52 on Wednesday night. Paint Branch had built a comfortable lead by halftime, but the Blazers nearly battled back to tie it before Paint Branch secured the victory. Missed free throws and countless turnovers cost Blair a chance at an upset over a Panthers' team that took down the locally ranked Kennedy Cavaliers last week.
Neither team led by more than six points for the duration of the contest, and the game was tied at 46 with 30 seconds to play. However, the Blazers struck last on a tip-in by senior forward Julius Cobb with less than a second left on the clock to escape with a 48-46 win.
The Blair Blazers (1-1) lost to the Richard Montgomery Rockets (3-0) 40-33 Monday. The low-scoring defensive battle remained close until midway through the third quarter, when the Rockets started to pull away thanks to solid free throw shooting and fast break points coming off of Blair turnovers.
The Blair boys' basketball team (13-9) beat the Richard Montgomery Rockets (18-4) in stunning fashion to advance to the next round of the playoffs. The Blazers had a strong showing in the second half to beat the top seeded Rockets. Although Blair got off to a slow start, crucial big-man play from twins Julius and Jordan Cobb contributed to Blair's late success.
In the regional semifinal playoff matchup, the Boys' Basketball team (20-3) finished their season with a courageous effort in a 60-48 loss to the Whitman Vikings (19-6).
The boys' basketball team turned up the heat and demolished the Einstein Titans by a score of 70-35, on senior night. Once again, senior guards Trey Wainwright and Damar Bess led the charge with 12 points and 18 points respectively.
After trailing for the first three quarters of the game, the Blazers managed to snatch a 49-38 victory against the Richard Montgomery Rockets on Tuesday night.
Senior guard Damar Bess poured in 25 points on his special day, most of them coming in a critical third quarter comeback, as the boys' basketball team pulled out a 61-56 win over the visiting Whitman Vikings.
In a battle between two of the top teams in Montgomery County, the boys' basketball team fell short to Springbrook by a final score of 57-45. Despite holding the vaunted Robinson brothers to a combined 13 points, the size and athleticism of the Blue Devils proved deadly.
With last year's second round playoff loss fresh in their minds, the boys' basketball team rolled against the Kennedy Cavaliers in a 62-49 victory. Anchored by a stifling defense and a collective offensive effort, the Blazers pushed their record to 2-0 on the year.
The Blazers (15-8) brought fire and intensity in their 2013 playoff debut against the Gaithersburg Trojans (6-17). Thus, it came as no surprise when senior captain Justin Kung dove headfirst into the scorers' table late in the fourth quarter to save a loose ball.
The Blair boys' varsity basketball team (5-2) beat the Springbrook Blue Devils (5-2) for the first time in a decade, 40-39, as senior guard Trey Wainwright sank two free throws with 3.1 seconds left in the game.
It looked like Northwood (0-2) might have a chance against Blair as they scored first, taking a 2-0 lead over the Blazers. That only lasted for a minute however as Blair (2-0) went on to dominate the rest of the game en route to a 56-20 thrashing of their archrivals.
Down 39-38 in the fourth quarter, the Blazers (1-0) were just on the cusp of breaking through against Gaithersburg (0-1).
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