Edmondson coach James James wasn't sure exactly what kind of team he had this season. One thing he found out, though, was that his players like to run.
The No. 11 Redskins (1-0) got 22 points from Devin Ross as they outran Hammond (2-3) and opened their season with an 83-77 win yesterday in the first round of the Wes Unseld Classic at Catonsville Community College.
The Redskins will meet Mount St. Joseph, a 100-69 winner over Forest Park last night, at 6:15 tonight in one semifinal.
"I was really pleased with the way we played," said James. "We like to push the ball, and I thought Devin Ross and Corey Daniels played well tonight. When you open the season this late, conditioning really shows, and I thought we did well that in that regard."
The Redskins charged to a 23-15 lead after the first quarter, but Hammond cut the deficit to 36-35 with 57 seconds left in the first half. Edmondson scored the final four points to take a 40-35 halftime lead.
Hammond made a run late in the fourth quarter, when Tom Costell's three-pointer cut the margin to 79-74, but could get no closer.
Kyle Jefferson led Hammond with 27 points. The Bears will face Forest Park in today's 3 p.m. consolation game.
"I'm expecting big things from us this season," said James. "Hammond came out ready to play, but we were up to their challenge, and that's a good sign."
The evening's final game featured a battle of Baltimore County 3A-4A rivals playing in a league content, with Woodlawn and Randallstown battling for the second time this season. Randallstown (3-4, 3-4) won the first meeting 57-50, but eighth-ranked Woodlawn (5-1, 5-1) got revenge with a 63-51 win.
The Warriors will face Broadneck, a 72-61 winner over Southwestern, in the 8 p.m. semifinal. Carlos Paul led Woodlawn with 16 points, and Trent Thames and Calvin Moore chipped in 15 apiece.
The Rams came out hot, taking a 13-4 lead, but Woodlawn cut the deficit to 17-9 at the end of the quarter. The Warriors caught the Rams on Chris Thompson's layup with 2:46 left in the half to make it 20-19. The Warriors led, 24-23, at the half.
Randallstown led, 34-33, with 3:41 left in the third, but Woodlawn ran off 11 of the next 14 points to take a 44-36 lead after the third.
Randallstown never threatened seriously after that.
The Rams will face Southwestern in tomorrow's 4:45 consolation. Larry Washington and Keith McArthur led Randallstown with 13 each.
In the opening game, No. 10 Broadneck (6-1) used 26 points by John Williams to rally from a 10-point deficit and defeat Southwestern (1-4). The Bruins will face the Woodlawn-Randallstown winner in today's 8 p.m. semifinal.
The Bruins, three-time defending tournament champions, trailed, 56-54, with 4:38 left, but scored the next seven to take a 63-56 lead.
A layup by Michael Williams made the score 63-58, but the Bruins scored the next seven to make it 70-58 and put the game away. The Bruins made 15 of 20 free throws in the fourth quarter.
Williams led Southwestern with 17 points. The Sabres will meet the Woodlawn-Randallstown loser in today's consolation game at 4:45.
Another Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference school playing its first game yesterday was Forest Park, but the Foresters weren't as lucky as Edmondson, and fell to 14th-ranked St. Joe in the evening's third game.
The Gaels outscored Forest Park, 29-19, in the first quarter and the half leading, 47-34. The Gaels built their lead to 70-40 late in the third quarter, and eventually ran the margin to 90-54 with six minutes left in the game.
Jeff Servidio led the Gaels' scoring with 19 points and Patrick Young had 17.
Eric Bazemore's 26 points led the Foresters, who will meet Hammond in today's consolation game.