Woodlawn, Adekunle top Edmondson Wes Unseld Holiday Tournament

December 31, 1992|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Contributing Writer

Woodlawn coach Rod Norris knew he had some quality players coming up from a 25-1 county championship junior varsity. But it was the one from Tennessee who saved him last night.

Emanuele Adekunle, a junior forward who averaged eight points, scored 18 last night to give 10th-ranked Woodlawn (8-0) a 67-61 victory over No. 12 Edmondson (5-3) in the final of the Wes Unseld Holiday Tournament at Catonsville Community College. He also contributed three blocks and several key rebounds for the Warriors.

Randolph Edison's game-high 27 points paced the Redskins.

Last season Adekunle, 6 feet 5, attended Nashville's Hillsboro High School, where he didn't play. This year, he moved to Woodlawn andwent out for the basketball team. Norris is glad he did.

"I don't know where this came from," said Norris, "but he flashed to the ball very well and really stepped up his game tonight."

"I knew this was the championship. It was our whole season," said Adekunle. "I live to play in an environment like this."

With Woodlawn leading 52-48 with 5:24 left, the Warriors went on an 8-4 run to raise the lead to 60-52. Edmondson never got closer than three points after that.

The win was the first by a Baltimore County school in the tournament, which also features teams from Anne Arundel and Howard counties and Baltimore City.

"This is a big win for the school and for our program," said Norris. "I know this will give us momentum the rest of the season."

"They beat us on the boards," said Edison. "They were very athletic and we just ran out of time."

In the third-place game, 11th-ranked Loyola (7-5) used Jerry Hunt's 14 points to defeat No. 13 Broadneck (4-1), 52-45. Bill Kupina's 14 led the Bruins, who lost two tournament games for the first time.

A layup by Kenny Krabitz with one second remaining gave Mount St. Joseph (5-6) a 48-47 victory over Hammond (2-4) in the fifth-place game. Donte Abron led the Gaels with 15 points. Kris Jefferson's 18 paced Hammond.

Keith Johnson's free throw with two seconds left lifted Forest Park (2-5) over Randallstown (2-7), 78-77, in the seventh-place game. Allen Wise led the Foresters with 29 points.

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