Ashburn, VA (January 4, 2019) – At 9-0 coming into this game, the Potomac Falls Panthers were the cream of the crop of Loudoun County boys basketball. Their host, the Stone Bridge Bulldogs, at 4-7, was middling.
So the question would be: could the Panthers continue their early season streak or could the Bulldogs push the reset button and get on a roll of their own?
Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.
The answer, frankly, turned out to be both.
Led by the powerful triumvirate of Landon Hawes, Damien Harrison, and Ian Anderson, Potomac Falls staked out an early 6-0 lead, and it wasn't until midway through the first quarter that Stone Bridge actually scored. But from that point on it was basically a neck-and-neck game.
More than once, Potomac Falls pushed the lead to ten or eleven points, but each time Evan Buckley or Michael Healy hit a critical shot to get the Bulldogs back into it. For the first three periods, however, Stone Bridge could not reduce that initial margin. At halftime, the Panther lead was seven, 27-20, and the margin remained the same at the end of the third quarter.
With four minutes remaining, the Panthers had what seemed like an insurmountable lead, 52-41, but Buckley took the game over and pulled Stone Bridge to within a basket with 1:30 remaining. The team-wide and intense defensive pressure from the home team was working, but, finally, Anderson broke free for a thunderous dunk that sealed the victory.
The Potomac Falls streak continues, and they look to be the team to beat as the season moves toward its midpoint. But the Bulldogs showed a gritty, hard-working resilience that should serve them well the rest of the way.
Final score: Potomac Falls 63 - Stone Bridge 56
|Players who could be clearly identified by jersey number are listed in the links below. Additional photos of these and other players may be viewed and purchased in the full gallery.|
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