LARGO, Md. – Tunde Scrivner (Washington, D.C./H.D. Woodson) scored 20 points off the bench to help Prince George's Community College clinch the No. 1 seed in the NJCAA Region XX Division III Basketball Tournament in February with a 72-56 win against Anne Arundel Community College in men's basketball action on Friday. The game was also a conference game for Maryland JUCO to help the Owls improve to 6-2 in league play.
Scrivner posted 13 of his team-high 20 points in the second half while also adding five rebounds, four assists and four steals. The freshman notched his third 20-point game of his career and the first since he scored 26 against Hagerstown Community College on November 28. All three of 20+ games have come at Novak Field House. He has posted double figures in 16 of his 17 games this season. In addition, he hauled in at least five boards for the seventh time this year. Scrivner ranks second on the team with 16.5 points per game.
Alex Morales (Paterson, N.J./Manchester Regional) tallied 14 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and five steals. It marks the seventh time in 2018-19 Morales has posted a double-double and dished out at least seven assists. It is also the sixth time this season he has recorded five assists and five steals in a game. Morales has registered double figures in all 17 games this season and 35 times in his career. The sophomore has recorded a double-double in six-straight tilts and eight of his last 11 matches. Morales is averaging 19.3 points, 11.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game.
Prince George's came into the game 5-0 in NJCAA Region XX Division III while Anne Arundel came in with a 4-0 mark against the teams from Western Pennsylvania. The winner of the game would earn the No. 1 seed in the tournament in February hosted by Prince George's and the Owls made sure that they would not only have home-court advantage, but also the top seed in the tournament.
With the game tied at 11, Prince George's went on a 10-2 run to take the lead for good. Morales handed the Largo team the lead for good on a basket in the paint with 10:50 remaining in the first half and the sophomore powered the surge with six points.
The River Hawks cut the margin to 21-18 with 5:47 on the clock, but the Owls closed the half by scoring 14 of the final 20 points of the half to take a 35-24 advantage going into the locker room. Scrivner scored all seven of his first half points in this stretch to power the run.
The Prince George's lead teetered around seven to 10 points for most of the in the first five and half minutes of the final frame. Fueled by six points by Scrivner, the Owls rolled off a 16-3 run to take a 55-35 lead midway through the second half and the Largo team went on for a 72-56 victory.
Dexter Turner (Washington, D.C./Idea Charter School) registered nine points, seven assists, four steals and three rebounds while Darren Rivers (District Heights, Md./DuVal) posted six points and eight of his nine boards in the final frame. Turner ranks fourth in Division III with 129 assists.
In addition to the region, Prince George's improved to 6-2 in the Maryland JUCO and currently sit in fourth place in the standings.
The Owls return to action against Montgomery College on Wednesday. Game time is 7 p.m.