Lakers gain semifinal against Southwestern Mervo Holiday Festival

December 30, 1992|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Staff Writer

Probably a perfect scenario for a semifinal game today at the Mervo Holiday Hoop Festival would be a matchup between Mervo and Lake Clifton, bringing Mervo coach Woody Williams against the school he had coached from 1971 to 1987.

That didn't happen, but the next best thing did: a matchup between the No. 2 Lakers and No. 8 Southwestern, as each won opening-round games yesterday.

The Sabres defeated Mervo, 67-59, and Lake Clifton handled Douglass, 91-66. In the other two first-round games, Carver defeated City, 67-45, and Patterson defeated Northwestern, 90-66.

In the first semifinal game at 2 p.m., the Lakers and the Sabres meet, followed by Carver and Patterson at 3:30.

Despite subpar performances by Haywood Eaddy (13 points), Dion Crawford (six) and Wilbert Smith (three), Southwestern (6-1) got a big spark off the bench from Darrell Dawkins as it held off the Mustangs (4-2) in the finale.

Dawkins scored 10 points, had five steals and three assists. Along with Donnie Joy (seven points and five rebounds) and Melton Nichols (six points, eight rebounds), they were able to pick up the slack for Southwestern.

"We won the tournament over at Southwestern [Baltimore Metro Invitational] last year and we are going to try to win it this year," said Dawkins, a 5-foot-7 junior guard. "Our big guys up front really got the job done today."

Warren Wright scored 19 points for Mervo, and Victor Jones and Corey Hartz added 18 and 13, respectively.

But Wright, the Mustangs' leading scorer, fouled with 3:04 remaining in the game after being called for an offensive foul on a shot that would have tied the game at 54.

Trailing 61-59 with 11 seconds left in regulation, the Mustangs were called for a technical foul, after six players were on the court. The Sabres converted three of four free throws to preserve the victory.

"In this game, everybody makes mistakes," said Williams. "It's just one of those things that happens. I think they also had six on the court, but one of their kids was smart enough to step off. We're getting more and more pleased with the effort the kids are putting forth, especially this one against one of the city's best teams."

Arguably playing the best basketball in the area, Lake Clifton (5-1) got 26 points from Reggie Frazier, and Shawnta Rogers had 24, six assists and five steals, as it rolled past Douglass (4-2).

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