Edmondson escapes upset bid by Mt. St. Joseph to advance Wes Unseld Boys

December 29, 1992|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

Edmondson's 50-48 victory over Mount St. Joseph yesterda in the opening game of the Wes Unseld Tournament at Catonsville Community College, appeared to be a case of surviving.

But for the No. 12 Redskins, that's nothing new this season. Yesterday, they needed Antonio Sullivan to hit a pair of free throws with 30 seconds remaining in regulation for the victory.

In the other first-round games, No. 10 Woodlawn defeated Randallstown, 59-38; No. 13 Broadneck edged Hammond, 60-56 and No. 11 Loyola beat Forest Park, 83-59.

In tonight's semifinals, Woodlawn will play Broadneck at 6:15, followed by Edmondson against Loyola at 8 p.m.

"Coach [Edmondson coach James James] just told me to relax, so I wasn't nervous," said Sullivan, who finished with 11 points. "We really wanted to win this for my best friend, Eddie Rivers, and to bring this championship to the school."

During the summer, Rivers, a starting forward on last season's team, which won the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference championship, committed suicide.

Before the start of this season, Maurice Blanding, a 6-foot-5 forward, was declared academically ineligible. Blanding appealed the suspension and a final decision will be made in January, at the end of the second academic semester.

Blanding's absence from the starting lineup was felt immediately as the Redskins lost their first two games of the season to Dunbar and Walbrook, by a combined 40 points.

But since, they have won four straight, including yesterday's close call against an upset-minded Mount St. Joseph squad.

After Sullivan's free throws gave the Redskins what would be their final lead, the Gaels (3-6) turned the ball over as a deep down-court pass was mishandled out of bounds.

With 25 seconds left, Kevin Huntley missed the front end of a one-and-one. Edmondson regained possession, but turned it over.

Mount St. Joseph's final opportunity to tie with four seconds left failed when Donte Abron missed a driving layup.

"This was a tough loss for sure," said Mount St. Joseph coach Pat Clatchey. "I thought we played tentative in the first half. In the second half, we showed a lot of character."

Wayland Williams led Edmondson with 16 points. Randolph Edison added 12 and Sullivan 11. Kenny Krabitz and Abron had 19 and 10, respectively, for Mount St. Joseph.

The Bruins (4-0), winners of four of the six previous Unseld tournaments, needed seven free throws in the final minute to turn away Hammond (1-3).

Jason Smith scored 23 points for Broadneck. Bill Kupina added 12. Kris Jefferson led Hammond with 12 and Claude Moore had 11.

Loyola (6-4) bounced back from two losses last week getting 22 points from Tim O'Hara and 17 from Gerry Hunt in an easy victory over Forest Park.

Warren Parker and Wes Unseld Jr. added 15 and 11 points, respectively, for Loyola. Alan Wise and Harvey Chambers each scored 17 for Forest Park.Woodlawn (6-0, 6-0) wiped out a sluggish first half, opening the third quarter with an 18-1 run as they raced past Randallstown (2-5, 2-5) in a game that also counted in the Baltimore County 4A-3A Division.

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