Gaithersburg tops Oxon Hill in 5 OTs Class 4A boys basketball

March 15, 1998|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLLEGE PARK -- In the longest state championship game ever, Gaithersburg of Montgomery County outlasted Oxon Hill of Prince George's County (22-6), 96-91, in five overtimes for the state 4A title last night at the University of Maryland.

Charles Johnson scored six points in the overtime sessions, giving Gaithersburg (27-1), ranked No. 5 in the Washington area, its first state championship.

The Trojans had a 93-91 lead with 18.9 seconds remaining when Carlton Marlow hit the front end of a bonus one-and-one. He missed the second, but Mike Ryan grabbed the rebound and hit a turnaround jumper with 15 seconds left for the game's final margin.

Johnson led Gaithersburg with 30 points and nine rebounds and Mike Ryan added 24 and six assists. Hekima Jackson led Oxon Hill with 20 points and Ryan Gorham.

Pub Date: 3/15/98

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