Welcome back, Albert Smith.
The 6-foot-3 Dulaney junior, who missed the football season while recovering from surgery, returned to action in yesterday's basketball opener, scoring 41 points and leading the host Lions to a 73-66 victory over No. 10 Randallstown in a Baltimore County 3A-4A League game.
"It felt great, just unbelievable," said Smith, who underwent surgery in late summer to have a blood clot in his left shoulder and a rib removed. "I was really satisfied. I just tried to get in position to make layups and post-up shots."
Smith had little trouble getting open in the paint. Once he got the ball, he blew past defenders to the basket.
"We basically ran one play," said Dulaney assistant coach Tony Donia, who is filling in for head coach Glen Snyder while he recovers from cancer surgery. "We set screens to get him one-on-one and try to attract the fouls. We can pull it off because our shooting is good from the perimeter. They couldn't stop him."
Dulaney point guard Corey Jones added 22 points, mostly on shots from the perimeter. As the game progressed, he was able to draw defenders away from Smith on the inside, allowing him to post up.
"We tried to switch off on who was guarding him in order to wear him down," said Randallstown coach Reggie Brooks, whose team advanced to the state Class 4A semifinals last season. "He's just so quick that we couldn't deny him the ball."