Western Branch guard Efram Johnson (Video Still: Antowyne Shaw/recruit757)
Western Branch shocks King’s Fork
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
When we recapped King’s Fork and Oscar Smith after Friday night’s game, we laid out the path to the regional title for both teams.
King’s Fork is in a dogfight in Region 4A while Oscar Smith and Western Branch seem to be on a collision course in Region 6A.
The playoff picture just got a little muddier.
Western Branch (14-3) battled with King’s Fork (15-2) down to the final seconds. It was a Cam Edmonds free throw with six seconds left that put the Bruins on top, and they held on for the win.
“We just kept our intensity up. Everybody played as a team. We have players like Miles, Jack, Jason, Bobby, Cam… we all stepped up tonight. We got great energy from the fans and we played a good game,” said sophomore guard Efram Johnson. “It was a very good win for everybody. It was an emotional win for us. Everybody came together as one.”
Johnson finished the game with 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.
The last time these two teams met, a fight at the end of the game had the officials call it with 15 seconds left. On Tuesday, there was no such incident.
“We played physical. We came out with our heads on straight. (Last time) was out of character. That’s not how we play basketball. That’s not something we do. We decided to come back and get revenge (with a win),” Johnson said.
“The guys followed the game plan. We wanted to make it tough on Epps, make it tough on Chapman… we know how they hurt us last time. I’m amazed. It played out for us,” said Western Branch head coach Paul Hall.
Bobby Johnson added 17 points for Western Branch and Jayden Epps was the top scorer for King’s Fork with 31 points in the loss.
King’s Fork plays at winless Deep Creek (0-15) Friday night while Western Branch travels to Lakeland (11-5) on Friday.
– Andy Hilton