St. Paul's and Boys' Latin earned return trips to the Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference Tournament title game with semifinal victories yesterday.
The No. 20 Crusaders defeated visiting Severn, 55-39. Boys' Latin, the defending conference champion, defeated Park, 59-54, the other semifinal.
The teams will meet for the fourth time this season in the Metro Classic Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Baltimore Arena. The Crusaders won the first three meetings by scores of 50-44, 57-54 and 65-51.
Last night at St. Paul's, the Crusaders (28-3) outscored Severn (15-8), 13-1, in the final 3 minutes, 20 seconds, to clinch their fourth consecutive appearance in the final.
The victory was special for coach Rick Collins, who recorded his 100th coaching victory in his fifth season at St. Paul's.
"Getting to the championship is one thing, but winning it is another," said Collins, whose team has lost in the finals the past two seasons. "At the beginning of the year, our goal was to get back, but also to win it."
Senior center Shane Tanzymore led the Crusaders with a game-high 17 points and nine rebounds. Simms Jenkins added 14, as St. Paul's converted 28 of 43 free throws.
They were involved in the game's key play in the fourth quarter, as Jenkins grabbed the rebound off a missed free throw, and Tanzymore completed the sequence with a basket, giving St. Paul's a 46-38 lead with 2:37 remaining in the game.
At Boys' Latin, the Lakers (20-13) got 19 points each from seniors Stan Ross and Jason Walpert. Todd Kerr led Park (15-9) with 21 points.
"We finally were able to hit some foul shots," said Boys' Latin coach Hugh Gelston, whose team hit seven of 10 in the last 1:06 of the game.