In No. 6 Catonsville's 83-72 win over host Randallstown yesterday, the Comets' David Clark was a busy point guard.
Not only did the 6-foot-2 senior score 11 points, but he ran the Comets' high-powered offense flawlessly. His effective ball handling and passing helped four other Catonsville players, led by James Lewis (23 points) score in double figures.
"He played extremely well," said Catonsville coach Art Gamzon. "I think he did a tremendous job in running our offense."
Said Randallstown coach Reggie Brooks: "We knew [Clark] was good going in. He sees the floor real well and can do just about everything."
The win kept the Comets undefeated at 13-0, and at least two games ahead of second-place Woodlawn in the Baltimore County 3A/4A League at 11-0. Randallstown falls to 8-6 and 6-6.
"Today the three-pointer wasn't there," said Clark, "but we got the ball to our inside guys, who capitalized really well. [Randallstown] had a zone so far out that it was hard to get open for the outside shot, but they left the middle, around the foul line, wide open. We were able to go inside all day."
The Comets scored 24 of their 32 baskets inside the paint. They scored several times after two or three offensive rebounds.
Catonsville out-rebounded Randallstown, 41-28. Clark and Marlon Banksur had seven apiece to lead the Comets. Gamzon said his team's strong rebounding was the key.
In the first half, however, it was the Rams who played the role of aggressor.
After falling behind 28-20, Randallstown pulled to within 1 when Damon Robinson (seven points) scored on a hook shot with 3 minutes, 14 seconds left in the first half to make it 33-32.
With Randallstown leading by 2, however, Banksur scored the last four Catonsville points of the half on a short jumper and layup to start the game's deciding run.
Over a seven-minute, mid-game stretch, the Comets outscored the Rams, 23-6, to take a commanding, 63-48 lead with 2:20 left in the third quarter.
"I told them at halftime that I was disappointed with the way they played in the first half," said Gamzon. "Defensively, we had no intensity. In the second half, though, our pressure began to work."