FREDERICK -- During an interview with BoCoPreps.com earlier this week, Frederick senior basketball player Lucas Adams made the assertion that he would care less if he were to go scoreless in a game, as long as his squad was victorious.
The Warriors' leading scorer never believed the scenario might become reality. And Adams certainly never considered it might come to fruition just a few days later.
Yet that's exactly what happened Friday night. With Adams finding little operating room against the Mead defense, fellow senior Christian Martinez more than filled the void. Martinez recorded a season-high with 22 points, leading Frederick to a 50-40 victory in a key Tri-Valley League showdown.
The victory completed a season sweep for Frederick against Mead and moved the Warriors into sole possession of third place in the Tri-Valley behind front-runners Windsor and Roosevelt.
"I said that if I score zero and we win, I'd be happy at the end of the night," said Adams, who recorded four assists. "Of course, I never want that to happen, but that's what happened tonight. But it's OK. Basketball is a team sport, and other kids stepped up. It was a good win against a good team.
"I see a little more aggression in (Martinez's) eyes. He's attacking the bucket more and getting out in transition."
Frederick coach Larry Frank noted that he has been imploring Martinez to play more consistently, and as the second half of
Martinez entered Friday's contest averaging 8.1 points a game but, after scoring 14 points in a key win against Windsor on Tuesday followed by Friday's outburst, Martinez is averaging 14.8 points over his past four games.
The senior's sharp shooting was a key reason why Frederick never trailed Friday night. Martinez poured in 13 of his 22 points during the first quarter, beginning the game with consecutive 3-pointers. Martinez also was a factor defensively with six steals, turning several of those takeaways into easy baskets.
"I came up loose and before the game I was hitting my shots, so I came in with a lot of confidence," Martinez said. "When I get up and down the court, that's when I'm successful. And I was getting up and down the court getting open looks. At the beginning of the season I struggled a little bit with my confidence, but that has come back."
While Frederick led from start to finish, the Warriors weren't able to shake Mead until late, thanks largely to the work of the Mavericks' Ryan Lozinski. The senior finished with 23 points while making 9 of 12 shots. In two games against Frederick, Lozinski has made 22 of 29 shots while scoring a total of 50 points.
However, Frederick was able to shackle Mead's second-leading scorer, Aaron Cheung. Cheung entered the game averaging about 15 points a game but managed just a single field goal in each half before finishing with five points.
"They did a good job on the perimeter defending us," Mead coach Darin Reese said. "They were much more physical than us and we didn't play as well against that. We didn't get great looks and we weren't able to attack as well as I'd hoped. Ultimately what was the difference was the open-court turnovers that led to layups."
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Frederick 50, Mead 40
At Frederick HS
MEAD (10-8, 5-4)
Cheung 2 0-0 5, Desch 2 1-2 7, Lozinski 9 5-8 23,Lamb 0 0-0 0, Nelson 0 2-2 2, Korell 0 1-2 1, Beaver 0 2-2 2, Perez 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 11-16 40.
FREDERICK (11-6, 6-3)
Adams 0 0-2 0, McGraw 1 2-4 4, Rivera 2 3-4 7, Martinez 8 3-3 22, Miller 1 1-2 3, Broz 1 0-0 2, Gomez 0 0-0 0,Therrien 1 2-2 5, Wise 3 1-3 7, Harrison 0 0-2 0, Burgess 0 0-0 0.Totals 17 12-22 50.
Score by quarters:
Mead 6 18 9 7 -- 40
Frederick 17 11 13 9 -- 50
3-point goals -- Mead (3): Desch 2, Cheung; Frederick (4): Martinez 3, Therrien. Total fouls -- Mead 23, Frederick 18. Fouled out -- Perez.