This one wasn't even close.
Six Catonsville players scored in double figures and the host Comets out-rebounded Dulaney, 56-25, en route to a 101-75 win in a Baltimore County 3A/4A League game yesterday.
"The key today was our intensity," said Catonsville (15-0, 13-0) coach Art Gamzon. "We played Monday [against Perry Hall] and didn't have any, but today, we came out highly focused and intense -- not only on defense but on offense."
The Comets out-rebounded Dulaney, 19-6 in the first quarter, including 13-1 on the offensive end, as they built a 28-15 first-quarter lead. They led by as many as 37 in the second half.
"Our minds were set that we'd box out and keep [Dulaney] out," said Catonsville forward Marlon Banksur, who scored 12 of his 18 points in the third quarter, and hit several shots after rebounds. "After they knew that we came out to play and put them away, they really gave up. They tried to outshoot us and played no defense."
Compounding Dulaney's rebounding problems was the play of star forward Albert Smith. The junior, playing with a sprained left ankle and a cold, scored 21 points, six under his average. He hit seven of 20 free throws.
Said Lions coach Glenn Snyder: "He's only at 60 percent, but it wouldn't have mattered if he were healthy. Catonsville's just good."
Junior Guard Robbie Reich led the six Comets in double figures with a career-high 22 points, including 20 in the first half.
The defeat dropped Dulaney to 10-5, and 8-5 in the league.