In a bitter end to a sweet season, the Gophers are taken down by the North Point Eagles 78-59 after fighting their way through tough rounds of post-season elimination and making it to the coveted region championship game.
The home-field advantage seemed to play a detrimental role in the outcome of the game for the Gophers, as the Eagles' "6th Man" produced an overwhelming amount of noise and visual distractions in their seemingly endless arsenal of attacks.
put up a fight of their own as well, cheering on their Gophers to the very end with unrelentingly optimistic chants such as, "Keep your heads up!" and "We are proud of you!"
"We didn't win a basketball game here tonight but we sure rallied the community once again," said Glen Burnie Head Coach Mike Rudd. "To our student section—I love them. Our players love them. They never quit cheering until the end."
While the Glen Burnie fans were giving it their all off the court, the players were giving it their all on the court.
Even though the Gophers had a heartbreaking opening quarter, trailing 29-6 after only eight minutes, they fought back and eventually outscored the Eagles over the remaining 24, putting up a total of 53 points to North Point's 49.
Leading in points for the Gophers was senior standout , who had a total of 21 points off of two 3-pointers, five 2-pointers and five free throws.
"Nobody had faith that we could make it this far, since the beginning of the year," said Mike of his team's performance. "I told my team that there's nothing to hold your head down about. No one else has beaten [North Point] either. They played great."
Mike later added, "I'm very proud of how we ended the season."
The Eagles leading scorer was Tre Mouton, who had a total of 19 points off of six inside buckets, four free throws and a single 3-pointer.
When asked his team's opinion of their currently undefeated season, Eagles Head Coach Jim Ball said, "We really haven't talked about the streak because the pressure is already there. I don't even [want to] think about it, so we're just taking it one day at a time."
North Point will now go on to the state semifinals March 10 at the Comcast Center against the winner of the 4A West Regional Championship game, played Saturday between Springbrook and Magruder high schools at 1 p.m.
When asked about his thoughts on next season, Rudd said, "We've got a great nucleus of three starters coming back, but we're not gonna think about that now. We're just gonna think about what a wonderful year we had and just take a little time off and reflect on it."
"Unfortunately," Rudd continued, "Anne Arundel County is not represented in the Comcast Center this year and it hurts. But hats off to North Point."