Monarchs’ balanced attack has them at third in the Central

The Meadowbrook Monarchs have had a good season thus far with a very talented squad. The squad features some of the best bigs in the area, including Delaware signee Marvin King-Davis, who averages a double-double per contest with about 21 points per game and nearly 11 rebounds.

The squad also features several players that can contribute on a nightly basis, including perhaps sophomore Josh Boone, who played one of this best games of the season last Friday, leading the team in scoring with 17 points against Dinwiddie in a home contest. Meadowbrook won by a score of 68-51 without the services of guard Deshaun Mormon, who is injured.

The Monarchs are currently third in the Central District standings with a 5-3 mark; two losses came to second-place Hopewell and one loss to top-of-the-district opponent Petersburg. A rematch of the battle with Petersburg will occur on Feb. 11; Meadowbrook lost the first game by just five points.

“We need to learn how to protect the basketball,” said head coach Ksaan Brown. “We had 18 in the first half against Hopewell last time out. When they double and triple Marvin, our other bigs need to produce.”

With their close games, they also sport a marquee win against Highland Springs on the road, winning by 13 points. In that game, Morman put up 29 points and King-Davis added 21.

“We need to keep our turnovers low, we can get into rhythms where we make a lot of those,” said King-Davis. “We have gotten really good at playing our low-to-high. We’ve developed that all year.”

The Monarchs have a balanced attack from game to game, as they average three players in double scoring night in and night out. Along with King-Davis and Morman, Ahmed Fofana also averages about 14 points per contest.

Success for the Monarchs is typically found when they place multiple players in double figures. In all but two of their wins, the Monarchs have featured at least three players in double figures in scoring, and five players reached double digits last time out against Dinwiddie.

The remaining schedule features a game against Prince George, and what figure to be winnable contests with Colonial Heights, Matoaca and Thomas Dale before the aforementioned game at Petersburg.

“We need to win our games and keep our standing where it’s at,” said Brown. “Getting the three seed would have us facing Hopewell in the semi-finals of the district tournament.”

Hopewell is led by two great scorers in McKindley King and Pedro Barrios. Barrios posted several strong performances for the team down the stretch last year, a season that ended with losses to Petersburg in the district tournament and a regional loss to John Marshall.

The Monarchs will look to make waves in the postseason and, according to Brown, they have the talent to do it.

Meadowbrook will be in action at home Friday against Prince George, with a 7 p.m. tipoff.

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