McDonogh 35 coach Kevin Sanders challenged his team to limit John Curtis’ fast-paced offense.
His team responded with its most complete team effort of the season in dismantling the Patriots 90-53 in a nondistrict game on Monday night.
“My team responded really well and we shot the ball like I knew we could,” Sanders said. “I told the guys that they had to play to their potential, and I think we did just that. We got great play from our guards, and I think that made everything run really smooth.”
McDonogh 5 (14-7) dismantled John Curtis (15-6) 90-53 in non-district play on Monday evening.
Junior point guard Joseph Foucha had his most efficient shooting game of the year en route to scoring 13 points. Fellow junior Bryson Gresham made every shot in the first half, including five dunks. His dominance didn’t cease in the second half.
The Patriots had no answer for the big man in the paint as he finished 10 for 10 from the field. Defensively, he tallied 10 blocks and 11 rebounds to go along with his 20 points.
Guard Erin Watson received more than his normal share of minutes, and did not disappoint.
The speedy sophomore contributed 17 points to help stymie any offensive surge the Patriots could manage.
“My coach told me to just play my game and do what I do best,” Watson said. “I knew they didn’t really have an answer for all of us so I took advantage of it. We had a really good night shooting, and I don’t think anyone can beat us when we play like this.”
John Curtis trailed the entire game including deficits of 21, 40, 37 and 38 points. The Patriots (15-6) never threatened the Roneagles lead, despite a 20-point third quarter. Richard Durant led the way for visiting Patriots with 11 points.
“We just had an off night, and it caused us to start slow,” Patriots coach Mike Krajcer said. “You have nights like this and you just have to learn from them.
“They executed very well and gave us many different people to try and defend. We just didn’t get it done. Their big guy was dominant, and we didn’t have an answer for it. You couple that with our bad shooting night and it spelled a loss for us.”
The Roneagles (14-7) dominated the first half in every aspect and led 48-11. Foucha poured in 13 points to lead all scorers. The Roneagles went six of seven from 3-point territory and held a commanding 37-point lead at halftime.
De’Jon Jarreau scored 16 points and pulled down six rebounds despite not playing the fourth quarter.
Nakeem Martin added four points and two rebounds.
Kai Morgan led the Patriots with 12 points.