Boys Basketball: Patriots struggle; greater team effort vital for success


After coming off of a win against Paint Branch, the team traveled to play Churchill on Dec. 21 looking to get their third win of the season. The team started off strong scoring 20 points in the first quarter and was leading by 10 points at halftime. Superstar sophomore guard Kevin Ayissi-Etoh had an amazing game scoring 28 points, and making nine out of 10 free throws. The team finished the game by scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter. The team soared through with a win beating Churchill 59-45. “It always feels great beating Churchill because we are rivals with them,” junior guard Ryan Warshaw said.
The team looked to extend their two-game winning streak to three playing against Marriotts Ridge on Dec. 27. Ayissi-Etoh was not able to play due to a knee injury. With Ayissi-Etoh out, senior forward Will Quam stepped up by scoring 23 points. Coming off the bench, senior guard Joey Voyta had 12 points. The team played well throughout the whole game, beating Marriotts Ridge 71- 60. With the win the team was .500 and was able to extend their winning streak to three. “I thought we played great and that I played well against them,” Voyta said.
The team went on to play their third road game against Century on Dec. 28. The team played well but the other team played better, snapping their three-game streak.
The team struggled to score with their top scorer, Ayissi-Etoh, out. Once again, Voyta was able to contribute 10 points but was not enough to get them the win. Quam played well but was held down to only 14 points.
Playing their first game at home in two weeks, the team played Richard Montgomery on Jan. 3 hoping to get back on track after their fifth loss. The team was playing well until halftime, when they started to fall behind.
Warshaw was able to step up by scoring a season high of 18 points while senior forward Kwame Frimpong scored 11 points but could not help the team get their fifth win.
The team fell to 4-6 after the loss.
The team then hosted the Rockville Rams on Jan. 10 searching for their fifth win. Junior guard Mason Romm, with a wrist injury, was able help by scoring eight points for the team.
The team won 68-36, falling just behind .500. “It was hard playing with the injury but I was able to play through it and get the win,” Romm said.
The boys’ next game was played on Jan. 13 where they looked to defeat Whitman on the road.


Eric Lee

Staff Writer