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Men's Basketball: Owls Win Nail-Biting Conference Final Over Panthers

Photo by Matt Ryan

Recap by Joey Gallo and Benjamin Brunner
Photo by Matt Ryan

Maryland JUCO Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Final

Score: Prince George's 63 Baltimore 62
Records: Baltimore (18-11, 10-4 Maryland JUCO) Prince George's (20-8, 9-5 Maryland JUCO)
Location: Chesapeake College (Wye Mills, Md.)

How it happened

  • Panthers open on a 7-0 run after Deion Evans makes three foul shots
  • Owls having a tough time scoring, zero points and three turnovers the first three minutes
  • Owls heat up, go on 11-2 run to take a two-point lead with 13:45 to play in the first, sparked by Jaylin Johnson who scores six points during the run
  • Jaylin Johnson would struggle to find his shot the rest of the afternoon, finishing with just eight points
  • Panthers' Mehki Braynt is fouled with less than one second to go, makes both free throws to tie game at 33 going into halftime
  • Owls played a great press over the last six minutes of the half
  • Steals were big for Owls (7) in the first half, leading to 13 points off Panthers' turnovers
  • Alex Morales scored 12 of his game-high (tied) 20 points in the first half on 4-7 shooting and 4-5 free-throws
  • Kennith Ford made back-to-back three-pointers to give the Owls a six-point lead to start the second half
  • Panther cut the lead to two off points by Haneef Vaughn-Wilson on back-to-back possessions early second half
  • Mykal Johnson hits a three with 10:41 remaining to put the Owls up 51-49 and pick up momentum, he would finish with 20 points
  • The lead changed hands four times before the Owls took a timeout at 7:43 and down 54-53
  • The Owls turned the ball over out of the timeout, resulting in a Chad Andrews-Fulton basket to put the Panthers up by three
  • With 44.2 seconds to go, the Owls get within one, 62-61, on a put-back by James Hagins
  • Morales hits a fade-away jump shot with 3.3 seconds left that would prove to be the game-winner
  • Owls' bench provided much needed relief for the starters, scoring 33 points, 20 coming from Mykal Johnson

 Quotes and Notes:

  • Morales and Mykal Johnson (Prince George's) and Joe Hugley and Andrews-Fulton (Baltimore) earned All-Tournament Team honors
  • Morales selected Tournament MVP
  • "They believed," Owls' head coach Brian Johnson said of his team. "I think everybody had a fair shot at winning the championship, but they believed. I'm proud of the men they are, rather than just the basketball players [they are]."