COLLEGE PARK -- Edgewood's Steve Lewis came to the state basketball tournament with a reputation as a scorer, but after his two-point performance in his team's semifinal win over Wilde Lake Friday night, Lewis had something to prove.
Last night, he lived up to his billing, but his 28 points were not enough, as Prince George's County's Forestville used its height advantage inside to put away Edgewood, 77-59, in the state Class 2A boys championship game.
For three quarters Lewis, a smooth shooting 6-foot-2 senior guard, kept the Rams (24-2) in the game. Edgewood led, 48-43, late in the third quarter after outscoring Forestville, 19-8, at the start of the quarter, with Lewis contributing 11.
However, Forestville (22-4) ran off nine of the last 11 points of the third quarter and 17 of the first 22 points in the fourth to build a 69-55 lead with 3:30 left.
Edgewood was attempting to win its first state title since 1975. Forestville captured its first state title since 1985.
Forestville was led by its three juniors, Jeff Starkey (23 points), Oronde Clark (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Kwamin Freeland (16).
Maurice Boone finished with 15 points for Edgewood, but the sophomore point guard -- who scored 25, including a game-winning 25-footer at the buzzer against Wilde Lake -- hit just three of 15 shots.
The Rams also had little going inside, and that became apparenwhen the Rams needed some quick baskets to get back into the game but had to settle for jump shots. The Rams made just one of their first 11 fourth-quarter field goal attempts.
"We could have beaten them, but they just outplayed us at the end," said Lewis. "They came up with chip shots whenever we'd miss."
Actually, Forestville was getting the chip shots whenever it missed. The Knights controlled the offensive boards in spurts, constantly grabbing their missed shots and putting them back in.
Still, Edgewood scraped and scratched on the boards, as
5-foot-11 Damon Bomar and 6-1 Lawrence Worthington each grabbed 10 rebounds.
"We made our run, but they just wore us down and came back," said Edgewood coach Bob Slagle. "In the first half, I was pleased we were close as we were. We don't have the athletes and the size they do. We can't compete with them."
When Lewis (11 points) and Boone (six) combined for 16 of Edgewood's first 19 points of the third quarter to give the Rams their 48-43 lead, they seemed in control.
"For the first time this year I was really worried," said Forestville coach Gary McCorkle. "We were dead in the water, out-hustled on the boards on offense and defense. Plus, the first seven fouls of the half were called on us. I called my seniors over for some defensive spark, especially on the boards. We had to go back inside, which is definitely our strength, to regain the lead."