Potomac Falls, VA (January 28, 2019) – With just a few games left in the season one thing is clear: The team to beat is Potomac Falls. At 16-0 entering this contest, their post-season top seed is already firmly established.
On the other hand, the Stone Bridge Bulldogs are battling for position, and an upset win would serve them well as they contend with a cluster of five other teams looking for higher placement in the Potomac District.
Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.
As would be expected, the Panthers controlled the opening tip and surged into the lead. But halfway through the first period, powered by the hustle and grit of Evan Buckley and Michael Healy, the Bulldogs had tied the game, 11-11, and forced Potomac Falls to take an unexpected timeout.
The always demonstrative Jeff Hawes needed to wake up his team and he did so in his customary way. A few well-timed stomps and gesticulations had his boys--and the Panther student section--completely motivated when they returned to the court.
From that moment on, it was all Potomac Falls and "welcome to the Ian Anderson show." The Panthers closed the first quarter out on a 12-3 run, and the lead never got any smaller than that. At halftime it was an eleven point margin, and midway through the fourth quarter it was an overwhelming 27 point lead.
It was a near certainty that Anderson would collect his 1,000th point during this game. And the towering senior finally tipped in a second quarter rebound to make it official as a band of Panther faithful raced across the court to congratulate him. As if ignited by his achievement, Anderson took the game over. Leading his team to a 23-point victory, he scored in every way imaginable including baskets from outside the arc, a scooping shot while being fouled, and three thunderous dunks--one on a classic Alley Oop from Landon Hawes--that had the Panther Pit exploding like Cameron Crazies.
In the end, this result just confirmed what everyone knew from the start. If Potomac Falls plays at their potential, they're going to be tough to beat in the post-season. Stone Bridge gave a valiant effort, but were simply unable to keep up with the surging Panthers.
Final score: Potomac Falls 91 - Stone Bridge 68