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Broadfording claims MCST Division 2 title

February 28, 2009

LANHAM, Md. -- Sophomore Andrew Wyand scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, and Broadfording came from behind to defeat Lanham Christian 51-47 and win the Maryland Christian State Tournament Division 2 title Saturday at Washington Bible College.

Wyand hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter for the Lions (20-10), who overcame deficits of 17-6 after the first quarter and 39-34 after three in winning their first state title since earning the Division 2 crown in 2002.

"I told them the stage fright is over, compose yourself and let's play ball like you're capable of," Lions coach Burnie Clutz said. "The kids just kept composed the entire game. It didn't matter the circumstance. Everyone on the team played and everyone stepped up. I'm as proud of them as can be. They work extremely hard year-round to get better, and to see them receive the fruits of their labor was so rewarding."

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Armando Miller's rebound and putback with 5:25 left gave Broadfording its first lead. Miller, the tournament MVP, finished with 16 points, 14 rebounds and five steals one day after posting 25 points and 23 rebounds against Grace Brethren in the semifinals.

Jordan Whitt (nine points, six rebounds) and Gabe Hirsch (six rebounds, three steals) also were named to the all-tournament team. Whitt played a pivotal role in the Lions' triangle-and-two defense in the second half and held Lanham's Cameron Moore to eight points. Moore had a tournament-record 38 in the semifinals.

"We told them at several junctures that defense wins championships," Clutz said.

Broadfording 51, Lanham Christian 47
BROADFORDING (20-10)

Economos 4, Hirsch 3, Cradduck 6, Whitt 9, Miller 16, Wyand 13. Totals 22 3-6 51.
LANHAM CHRISTIAN (15-5)
Cole 2, Moore 8, Hall 2, Undijo 17, James 2, Snowden 3, Johnson 13. Totals 18 4-4 47.
Broadfording 6 13 14 17 -- 51
Lanham 17 9 13 8 -- 47

3-point goals -- Broadfording 4 (Wyand 2, Whitt, Hirsch), Lanham 7 (Undijo 5, Johnson, Snowden).

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