The 4A Maryland State Semifinal between the Meade Mustangs and Springbrook Blue Devils was over in the third quarter after Meade rallied a 19-2 run on their way to a 81-47victory. Meade began to full court press Springbrook forcing turnover after turnover. Mustang junior Tristian Easton came out in the second half rant scoring 8 consecutive points including 2 well-contested trey balls, scoring 10 points in just the third.
Meade's other guard, senior Bruce Spurell, helped close the game after two monstrous dunks that simply created the game ending momentum. The two combined for just under 40 points.
Springbrook, who played better competition during the regular season, struggled to score in parts of the game where they needed points. The Blue Devils couldn't gain the lead getting close as 3 points before being ran out of the gym due to their inability to break the full court press of the Mustangs. Springbrook guard Donovan Walker kept his team in the game in the first half as he scored 9 points including two athletic finishes, one in traffic and one dunk but Donovan left the game after an 3rd quarter ankle injury.
The Mustangs will play in the 4A championship against a hot Bethesda squad. Meade is a high scoring athletic team that I personally haven't seen a public school be since the 2012-13 North Point squad. If Meade brings the same intensity on both offense and defense which includes that full court press watch out the championship could be decided early.