Battle of the Burgs Round 3


Giovanni Pizzino

Senior Stephen Armstrong dunks against Urbana early in the season

John Guglielmone, Editor

After upsetting fourth-seeded Quince Orchard and top-seeded Northwest during their playoff run, the fifth seeded CHS Varsity Boys Basketball team traveled to second-seeded Gaithersburg Feb. 28.

Unfortunately Gaithersburg played too well for the Coyotes to continue their streak of upsets as the season ended after the 82-59 loss.

“I felt like we knew we were better than them,” senior forward Stephen Armstrong said. “We just were a little too confident.”  

At halftime, the Coyotes trailed 42-36, but Gaithersburg went on a huge run to open the second half, and Clarksburg was just never able to come back.

“I think both teams played well in the beginning,” senior guard Alex Behzadi said. “But basketball is a game of runs and Gaithersburg went on a run and it was hard to come back, but we still fought till the end“.

Despite the loss, Clarksburg had an impressive streak of upsets to finish the season on a high note. This year’s run was a big improvement for the Coyotes after last year’s early first round playoff exit.

Gaithersburg finished the regular season with a record of 18-4 while the Coyotes finished 11-11. The Trojans won both regular season match ups, and the Coyotes were looking for a different outcome this time.  

“We were prepared going into the game” coach Steve Watson said. “Looking back, I wish things had gone differently, but overall the kids played hard.”

Moving forward, the Coyotes will have to rely on some of their younger talent next year so they can compete at a high level as they will lose seven seniors from the 2017-2018 roster.

“I’m happy how the season ended,” Behzadi said. “I’m happy I got  to play with this team and just wished for a better outcome for the bros and Clarksburg.”