Catonsville coach Art Gamzon thinks he has one of the best players in Baltimore County in Louis Smith, and yesterday at Parkville, Smith did not change his coach's mind.
Smith scored 23 points, leading the No. 8 Comets to a 63-50 victory in battle of Baltimore County 3A-4A league unbeaten teams.
James Lewis and Marlon Barbour each scored 14 for Catonsville (3-0). Eric Johnson had 13 points and Jay Meyer 12 to lead Parkville (2-1).
"I think he's trying to make a statement," said Gamzon of Smith. "I don't think he gets the credit he deserves. He's a complete player, and it's time people took notice."
For his part, Smith doesn't think the Comets get the credit they deserve.
"We're the best team in Baltimore County," Smith said. "With the team we have, I don't think we should worry about too many [Baltimore County] teams."
Catonsville, Woodlawn and Lansdowne are the only unbeaten teams in Baltimore County.
The Comets also got some help from Parkville. The Knights shot eight of 39 in the first half and 23 of 77 for the game.
"I'd like to think that our defense had something to do with that," Gamzon said. "We work hard on our defense, and I think it showed today."
The Comets took a 14-5 lead after the first quarter, but Parkville cut the deficit to 30-22 before Catonsville scored the last four of the quarter to take a 34-22 halftime lead.
The Comets scored scored 10 of the first 12 of the second half for a 44-24 lead, but Meyer scored six of the next 12, and the Knights' 13-2 rally cut the margin to 46-37 after three quarters.
A Johnson free throw with 3 minutes, 21 seconds left drew the Knights to within 52-44, but that was as close as Parkville would come.
"My kids didn't shoot well," said Parkville coach Zack Karantonis. "I'm sure if we would have shot better, we could have given them a game. Give them credit, though, they played good defense and hit the shots when they had to."