No. 3 Walbrook puts away No. 7 Southern, 66-58

January 13, 1993|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

Comments by Southern High boys basketball coach Meredith Smith in Wednesday's editions in reference to Tuesday's loss to Walbrook were not intended to blame the game officials. While Mr. Smith did question the amount of contact in the game, he did not say that the game officials were at fault.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Even though Walbrook reached the final of the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference tournament last season, it carries the reputation of not being able to win big games.

And when the Warriors were routed at home by Lake Clifton earlier in the season, the stigma stayed.

Yesterday, however, the No. 3 Warriors won an important one, defeating visiting and No. 7 Southern, 66-58, in an MSA Gamper Conference 3A Division game.

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Junior forward Troy Parker led Walbrook (9-1, 5-0) with 21 points. Andre Rafus and Antwan Wingo added 14 each. Damon Cason led Southern (6-4, 2-2) with 18 points.

"This is a big turning point for us," said Parker, who also had six rebounds. "Nobody thought we could beat a team like Southern, despite what happened last year. We came slow in the first half, but we were able to turn it around in the second half."

The Warriors came back from a 14-point first-half deficit to beat Southern, which defeated them twice last season.

After leading only once, 6-5, the Warriors regained the advantage at 56-55 on a basket by Wingo with 4:18 remaining in regulation. With 3:10 left and up 59-57, Walbrook lost Rafus with his fifth personal foul, but the Warriors closed out the Bulldogs with a 7-1 run.

"The thing that turned us around was the defense," said Walbrook coach Gus Herrington. "In the Lake Clifton game, we didn't play the type of defense that we played tonight. We feel if we play good defense, we can play with anybody."

Southern coach Meredith Smith said the officiating played a part in Southern's demise yesterday.

"I expect a basketball game to be a basketball game," he said. "I expect to be a reasonable amount of contact but not an unreasonable amount of contact."

The officials were not available for comment.

With the victory yesterday, Walbrook remained tied for first in the division with Southwestern. The Warriors will play at the No. 6 Sabers tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.

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