Rodney Black, Carver's 6-foot-5 senior center, turned the fourth quarter of yesterday's Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference Division II game into a personal showcase.
With his No. 9-ranked Bears trailing No. 16 City, 69-68, after three quarters, Black rebounded his miss and hit the follow for a one-point lead. Then he worked inside for a three-point play and the Bears never looked back, rolling to a 94-82 victory.
Black finished with 39 points, including Carver's first 15 points in the decisive fourth quarter.
Senior forward Michael Richardson added 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Bears (8-1, 5-0). Guard Douglas Pennix scored 13 and had four assists.
"We just wanted to go out and play like Coach [Carver's Durce Jackson] tells us," said Black, who also had 12 rebounds, seven blocked shots and four assists. "All we have to do is to execute and we should win most of our games."
City coach Wayne Cook was surprised by Carver's inside game.
"I didn't realize their big men were as good as they are," he said.
"I knew it was going to be a tough game, but the kids started off pretty well. We had a couple of chances to put the game away, but we didn't have what it took to win the game."
Senior center Corey Robinson led City (8-3, 3-2) with 16 points and three rebounds. Forward Ronald Wallace added 15 points, six rebounds and three steals, and forward Bryant Waller also had 15 points.
The Black Knights built their largest advantage at 55-48 in the third quarter before Black began warming up, scoring six of the ** Bears' next eight to close the gap to 58-57.
Although Carver remained unbeaten in conference play and stayed in the lead for its third straight conference championship, Jackson wasn't pleased with his team's defense.
"We didn't do well on the defensive end," he said. "We did a poor job of boxing out [on rebounds] and trying to cherry pick [get down court for easy layups] instead of doing our jobs."