Two of the Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference's best players met for the second time this season last night, and for the second time Shane Tanzymore's St. Paul's team beat Park and Todd Kerr. But this time, Tanzymore lived up to his billing.
Tanzymore, a 6-foot-5 senior center, scored 32 points and grabbed 21 rebounds to lead St. Paul's (7-1, 2-0) to a 70-62 victory over Park (4-2, 1-1).
The first time the two teams met in the semifinal of the Lutheran Tournament at Park two weeks ago, Tanzymore was held to 17 points, although the Crusaders won, 56-52.
"I didn't have a real good game," said Tanzymore, who has stepped into the leadership role vacated by the graduation of Zeke Marshall, The Sun's Player of the Year. "I blamed it on the refs because in the first quarter I was getting beaten on. I wasn't mentally ready because as a big man I have to expect to get beaten on."
Last night Tanzymore dominated the smaller Panthers hitting 12 of 17 field goals, eight of 11 free throws and grabbing 10 offensive and 11 defensive rebounds. He scored 18 points in the first half as the Crusaders built a 29-21 lead.
Park rallied in the second half behind Kerr, a 6-foot-2 guard, who had just eight points at halftime but finished with 36.
Kerr scored 11 points in the third quarter and 17 in the fourth quarter as Park got within 66-60 with 1 minute, 30 seconds left, but could get no closer.
In other games:
Colyn Keller's 33 point performance led host Thomas Johnson (3-0) to a 82-79 overtime victory over No. 5 Cardinal Gibbons (4-1).
Bobby Onley made a baseline lay-up with eight seconds left in overtime to put Thomas Johnson ahead for good. Keller stole Gibbons' inbounds pass, was fouled and made two free throws for a three-point margin.
Gibbons, who had tied the game on Casey Musick's (37 points) jump shot with 20 seconds left in regulation, missed two three-point attempts in the closing seconds of overtime to give Thomas Johnson the win.
Louis Smith scored 24 to lead No. 8 Catonsville (4-0) over Lansdowne (3-1), 88-51.
Rob Strauss scored 31 points to pace No. 16 Northeast (3-1) in a 74-51 defeat of host North County (0-4). Nate Fuller had 17 for North County.
Ryan England scored 19 to lead No. 18 Poly (3-1) to a 72-65 victory over host Southwestern (2-1). The Engineers converted 17 of 24 free throw attempts -- Southwestern made just five of 17.
Jeremy Larkin made both ends of a one-and-one with one second remaining to lift visiting Calvert Hall (1-2) over host Northwestern, 47-46. Roland Brown led the Cardinals with 10 points, and Robert Nance scored a game-high 19 for Northwestern.
Mia Dammen scored 25 and Stefanie Magro added 23, as No. 6 Oakland Mills (3-0) routed visiting Bel Air, 68-27.
Kim Miller scored 15 and Renita Johnson added 12 to lead host North County (3-0) over Northeast (2-1), 53-41. After playing to an 11-11 tie in the first quarter, North County outscored the Eagles, 14-4, in the second period and led, 36-25, after three quarters.