With a 68-59 win over Freedom for their fourth victory in four days, the Forest Park Bruins finished the regular season Thursday at 9-3 in the Cardinal District and 11-10 overall with six victories in their past seven games.
They beat the Eagles at home with 16 points apiece from Kevin Johnson and Darryl Garib, dropping Freedom’s record to 7-4 and 9-11. Johnson made 8-of-10 free throws as Forest Park’s junior point guard while adding seven assists and five rebounds.
“He’s grown in leaps and bounds since the beginning of the year,” Bruins coach Mak Dogbatse said earlier this season about Johnson. “He’s playing well. … We ask him to handle the ball a lot and do a lot.”
Brandon Daniels added 13 points with eight each from Diego Cobb and Evan Reed. Cobb also had a game-high 10 rebounds and four blocks, while Garib had seven rebounds.
So the Bruins overcame a 9-7 first-quarter deficit to take a 23-19 lead at halftime and a 46-35 advantage entering the fourth period.
For Freedom, Caron Forde had 14 points, while Farzan Gill had 13, Kishaun Kimble had 10, Tevian Boyd had eight and Vershon Lee had seven.
Brentsville girls basketball 58, Warren County 22
With four double-figure scorers, the Brentsville Tigers defeated Warren County’s girls basketball team 58-22 Thursday on the road in Front Royal.
So they boosted their record to 15-4 overall and 4-4 in the Class 3 Northwestern District by holding an opponent under 25 points in a game for the 10th time this season.
“There has been a lot of talk about our defense, and it has been outstanding this year,” Tigers assistant coach Michael Tingen said earlier this season, “but it has also been the clutch shooting of our girls.”
Brentsville, in fact, produced its second-best offensive effort of the season Thursday with 58 points. Cai Smith led the Tigers with 13 points, helping them take a 35-9 lead at halftime, while Gabrielle Garrison had 12, Catharine Forst had 11 and Shannon Hutchens had 10.