No. 12 Oakland Mills at River Hill
When: Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
Coaches: Jon Browne, Oakland Mills; Matt Graves, River Hill
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PLAYERS TO WATCH
Oakland Mills: Lavon Long, Sr., F; Dajuan Dent, Sr., F; Marvin Williams, Jr., G
River Hill: Walt Moody, Sr., F; Charles Thomas IV, So., F-C; Gary Sandler, So., G
KEYS TO VICTORY
Oakland Mills remains unbeaten this season (15-0), including 12 victories against Howard County competition.
Long, a dominating transfer from Mount St. Joseph, plays well in his role as the team leader, but the Scorpions' size, athleticism and depth have also separated them from the rest of the pack.
The host Hawks (13-2, 11-1 in Howard County) are closest to Oakland Mills in the county standings and have some firepower of their own.
Moody, who averages 21.7 points per game, has enjoyed a breakthrough season and contributes much more than just scoring. In this matchup, Moody and Thomas IV will look to neutralize the Scorpions' talented frontcourt.
The Hawks, who lost to Oakland Mills on the road, 53-41, on Dec. 12, must control the tempo, box out for rebounds and make the most of each possession in order to hand the Scorpions their first loss of the season.
OTHER GAMES TO WATCH
No. 11 Boys' Latin at Annapolis Area Christian, Monday, 6 p.m.
No. 2 Dunbar at No. 13 Lake Clifton, Friday, 5 p.m.
No. 7 Archbishop Spalding at No. 1 St. Frances, Friday, 7 p.m.
No. 2 McDonogh at No. 6 St. Frances, Monday, 5:30 p.m.
Riverdale Baptist at No. 1 Aberdeen, Thursday, 7:15 p.m.
St. Mary's at Severn, Friday, 5:30 p.m.
Mercy vs. Institute of Notre Dame at Towson Univ., Friday, 7 p.m.