ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- Behind the ferocious dunks of Therence Mayimba, the steady play-calling of Ishmail Wainright and the spot-on jump shots of Justin Robinson -- the Montrose Mustangs defeated Bell Multicultural School, 66-45, on Friday night.
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Constant communication was key to Montrose's success on defense, particularly in the first half. It allowed them to move the ball efficiently down the court and run up a 14-point lead by the end of the first quarter.
"Good spacing and being unselfish, for us, is what we pride ourselves in offensively. I thought overall it was a very good effort," said Montrose head coach Stu Vetter.
Forward Therence Mayimba led his team in scoring with 15 points, but as Vetter said, scoring power was pretty evenly distributed in Friday's game. Senior guard Charles Tucker finished with 11 points, followed by guard Justin Robinson and forward Ishmail Wainright, who each secured 10 points for the Mustangs.
Mayimba, who is from Gabon, Africa, and wrapping up his second season at Montrose Christian, stood out for his aggressive shooting. Vetter says the 6-foot-7 junior has been working on attacking the basket. Mayimba's multiple dunks in Friday's game reflect that focus in his training.
"We practice very hard. It's God's gift. You just go in there and play. It's just work paying off," said Mayimba.
The Griffins were able to make it to the basket on fast-breaks, but failing to rebound the ball on offense was the team's Achilles' heal. The Mustangs' height advantage and trap defensive strategies overpowered Bell time and time again.
Senior DeAndre Williams led the Griffins in scoring with 12 points, while Paulin Miano finished the night with 8.
"Our point guard, our leading scorer -- he's out. [He] averages 22 points a game, so it was kind of a shock to the kids not to have our point guard, but overall we played pretty decent," said Bell head coach Kwari Harvey.
Next up, Montrose will play Takoma Academy on Sunday and Bell will take on Washington Metropolitan on Tuesday.