Dudley lifts Woodlawn over Perry Hall

January 06, 1993|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Contributing Writer

With all the pluses Woodlawn's boys basketball team has thi year, the one thing the junior-dominated Warriors are short of is experience. Donte Dudley made sure that that inexperience didn't cost them last night.

Dudley, a junior who was Woodlawn's co-leading scorer last year, scored 25 points and hit two clutch free throws with 22 seconds left to give host and No. 9 Woodlawn (7-0, 9-0) a 68-64 victory over No. 19 Perry Hall (5-2, 7-2) in a Baltimore County 4A-3A game.

The win keeps Woodlawn's county record unblemished and allows the Warriors to keep a one-game lead over idle Catonsville (6-1) and a two-game lead over the Gators.

Mark Franklin, on the strength of four three-pointers, led the Gators with 15 points.

"He really stepped up tonight," said Woodlawn coach Rod Norris of Dudley. "That's the mark of a good team -- when things don't go your way and you can survive. He hit those two free throws and we hung on."

Hung on turned out to be the correct description.

Sophomore guard Keon Carpenter's jumper with 5 minutes, 29 seconds left gave Woodlawn a 60-51 lead, but Perry Hall used three baskets by Purnell Owens and one by Matt Banks to cut the Woodlawn lead to 62-59 with 1:15 left. After Matt Burrow's free throws cut the lead to 62-61, Woodlawn's Hafez Grier hit a pair for the Warriors to make the lead 64-61 with 34 seconds left.

On the next possession, Perry Hall's Franklin hit a three-pointer with 27 seconds left to tie the game at 64. Dudley was fouled with 22 seconds left and made his two free-throws to give Woodlawn a 66-64 lead. After a Perry Hall turnover and foul, Woodlawn's Emmanuele Adekunle made both of his free throws with six seconds left to preserve the win.

"I give [Perry Hall] credit," said Dudley. "They played their hearts out. That was just our inexperience coming through," said Dudley of the Warriors' lapse midway through the fourth quarter. "We have to learn to play hard when it gets thick."

"We just made a couple of mental errors down the stretch and that was the difference," said Perry Hall coach Phil Walter. "We tied the game and then fouled their best player. We would break the press and then commit a turnover. That was a good basketball game and they knew we could beat them."

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