Walbrook, Lake Clifton roll to wins Forest Park survives opener Function at the Junction

December 12, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Fourth-ranked Walbrook led No. 10 Edmonson by 10 at halftime en route to its second straight victory, 80-61, in yesterday's third and final game of the mixer at Walbrook.

Walbrook (2-0) used the combination of 6-foot-7 senior center Andre Function at the Junction

Rafus (29 points, 15 rebounds) and 6-3 junior forward Troy Parker (21 points) to overshadow an excellent effort by senior guard Randolph Edison of Edmonson (1-1). He scored 20 points before fouling out with 1:40 left in the game.

In the second game, third-ranked Lake Clifton (1-1) ran away with a 90-59 victory over 16th-ranked St. Frances (0-3), scoring 32 points in the final period after building a 46-26 halftime lead. The win helped to ease the sting of a season-opening loss to New York's Archbishop Molloy.

In the first game, a Northwestern comeback fell short, 60-54, against Forest Park (1-1), which led the Wildcats (1-1) by 16 entering the final quarter. The Wildcats outscored the Foresters 27-17 in the fourth period, trailing just 59-54 with 21 seconds left before the Foresters got a free throw by Harvey Chambers to hang on for the win.

In the final game, Walbrook's Rafus (15 points in the first half) had 12 fourth-period points despite having four fouls. He also helped his squad to a 17-14 first quarter lead, scoring 10 of the Warriors' points, including two three-pointers.

Rafus had four more points in the second-quarter's 13-2 opening run. The barrage included Rafus' court-length pass to Parker for a layup, followed by Parker's double-handed dunk that put the Warriors ahead 30-16 with three minutes left in the half.

Edmonson closed the half by outscoring Walbrook 10-6 after Rafus was hit with a technical for pushing the Redskins' Bryan Schaffer. He was benched until 1:46 of the third period after picking up his fourth foul.

Without Rafus, Edmonson launched a 13-0 third quarter run to close within 45-43, but when he returned to spark the Warriors to a 55-44 advantage heading into his final period. His layup made it 47-43, and a pass to Anthony Tyrell (eight points) put the Warriors up by seven.

"I got a little frustrated out there, but I got it together after a while," said Rafus. "We just had to dig down deep and put them away."

In the second game, four of Lake Clifton's nine scoring players were in double figures, led by Reggie Frazier (19 points), Terrence Payne (18 points, eight rebounds), Bernard Williams (11, 10) and sophomore point guard Shawnta Rogers (10 points, seven assists).

Frazier, a 6-4 sophomore, and Payne, a 6-7 junior, had 10 and nine points, respectively in the first half. Frazier had eight in the first period, and Payne scored six in the second.

The highlight of the second period, in which Lake Clifton outscored the Panthers 20-8, were Payne's two emphatic slam dunks. The second came off an alley-oop pass from Kevin Norris (eight points, 11 assists), giving Lake Clifton a 38-25 lead.

"They were there, so I just took them," said Payne. "Their defense was all right, but the way we played, our offense was too strong for them."

The Panthers had pulled within 34-25 with the help of 6-1 junior guard Orlando Ransom (24 points). But overall, St. Frances had no answer for either the Lakers' inside game or the backcourt transition of 5-9 Norris, a senior, and 5-5 Rogers.

Of his Foresters' narrow victory, coach Carrel Reavis said, "We relaxed a little too much toward the end there, but for most of the game we were able to get it inside offensively and do what we wanted to do."

Fast-breaking Forest Park led 23-11 at the half thanks to a 9-1 run capped by a three-pointer from Allen Wise (13 points, six assists), who had nine points in the first half, including seven of his team's nine second-quarter points.

Meanwhile, Northwestern's scoring duo of 6-1 guard Andre Crockett (24.7 points last season) and 6-4 Charles Walker (18.8) were held to just four and three points, respectively.

"I have tremendous respect for them," said Reavis. "If you don't watch out, they can really hurt you."

Crockett (20 points) scored 12 of his team's 16 points in the third quarter, including a three-pointer that cut the deficit to 25-18 midway through the period.

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