Woodlawn beats Broadneck, will meet Edmondson in final Wes Unseld Tournament

December 30, 1992|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Contributing Writer

After 10th-ranked Woodlawn's (7-0) 55-49 defeat of No. 13 Broadneck (4-1) in the semifinals of the Wes Unseld Holiday Tournament, the Warriors received a visit from Woodlawn alumnus and University of Maryland center Evers Burns.

Burns' comment that this is the best team the school has had since he left drew laughs. After last night, he may be right.

The Warriors will face No. 12 Edmondson in tonight's 8 p.m. championship. The Redskins (5-2) got 34 points from Randolph Edison and defeated No. 11 Loyola (6-5), 66-60.

With Loyola leading 53-43 with 6:04 left, Edison scored seven of the next nine points to give the Redskins the lead, 54-53.

Loyola briefly retook the lead on a Tim O'Hara basket, the Redskins used a basket and two free-throws by Antonio Sullivan to increase the lead to 59-55. Loyola never regained the lead after that point.

O'Hara led the Dons with 19 points.

Woodlawn used 17 points by Donte Dudley to break a string of four consecutive defeats to the Bruins, dating back to Burns' playing days.

Jason Smith led the Bruins with 23 points.

"We've played some good games against them the past two years, losing once in overtime and by a couple the other time," said Woodlawn coach Rod Norris, "but we made some mistakes and our inexperience showed tonight."

Woodlawn used its up-tempo style and a stingy man-to-man defense to race to an 18-5 lead after the first quarter, and ran that lead to 25-8. Then the Bruins began to climb back, using three points by Jason Smith and five from Sean Ryan while scoring the final 11 points of the quarter to cut the lead to 25-19 at the half.

Dudley scored the first seven points of the second half to run the lead to 32-19, but the Bruins closed the lead to six with 6:01 left.

Woodlawn scored eight of the next 10 points to run the lead to 54-42, and held on the rest of the way.

"This is a big win for the school, and I'm happy about that," said Norris, "but we'll need to come ready to play tomorrow because I know the other guys will be."

"They came out hot and dominated us physically in the first quarter. I think we outplayed them the final three quarters," said Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek Kazmarek said.

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