No. 3 Lake Clifton stops Poly, 75-61

January 05, 1991|By Derek Toney

This season, Lake Clifton doesn't have a big frontline like previous Lakers teams, so it uses an aggressive defense and a perimeter shooting game to compensate.

Yesterday, the third-ranked Lakers defeated host Poly (6-4, 2-3), 75-61, in a Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference game.

Lake Clifton (6-1, 2-0) was not among the preseason favorites in the A Conference, but it is tied for first with Cardinal Gibbons.

"We're working hard right now," said Lake Clifton coach Charlie Moore. "I really don't know how good we're going to be. It's too early to say if this is a big win, but it's not too late to say that it isn't, so I'll leave it at that."

Junior center Harold Smith scored a game-high 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Guards Curtis Sheppard (eight assists) and Ronnie Van Hook each added 10 points, mostly from the outside.

"I think we're better than last year's team," said Smith, a backup last season. "Basically our team was centered around [Ronald] Lucas, and everybody knew what to do -- just drop back and make us shoot from the outside. This year, we're more experienced and everybody has us as underdogs, but we're going to surprise some people."

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