Second half offensive explosion propels PG to a season opening win


Prince Georges freshman guard Mykal Johnson led the Owls with a team high 15 points

It wasn't the ideal start for PG head coach Brian Johnson, witnessing a 10-0 start to the game evaporate to the point where the Owls trailed 25-24 later in the first half. Yet, it ended up being the perfect ending for Johnson's first game as head coach for the Owls as PG (1-0/ 0-0) cruised to a 75-50 win over Thaddeus Stevens College (0-1). The Owls were led by guards Mykal Johnson (15 points) and Jaylin Johnson (11 points) respectively.

PG using their deadly full court press, forced numerous turnovers from Thaddeus Stevens, jumping out to a 10-0 lead. Thaddeus Stevens sensing the game getting away from them early, re-grouped to take a 25-24 lead late in the first half thanks to the timely scoring from freshman guard Mario Asencio, who posted 11 first half points. Thaddeus Stevens simply stopped turning the ball over and crashed the offensive boards (18) during the 25-14 run. The Owls, thanks to the energy and hustle of guard Kenneth Pettaway (9 points) and forward Moetez Ashtar (6 points), managed to finish the half on a 8-0 run taking a 32-25 lead.

In the second half with the nervous energy all out of their system, it was all PG. PG came out of the half and immediately went on a 15-0 run to blow the game open. The Owls wouldn't look back as they cruised to a 75-50 win to the pleasure of the home crowd. PG forward Jeremy Steadman and guard Deriel Medina added 8 and 9 points respectively. Thaddeus Stevens was led by Asencio who finished with a game high 18 points.

PG will hit the road to take on Baltimore City Community College Tuesday November 8th at 7 p.m.

Sophomore guard Jaylin Johnson posted 11 points in the blowout win

Thaddeus Stevens freshman Mario Asencio was the lone bright spot for the Bulldogs posting a game high 18 points on 6 of 11 shooting from the field

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