Lake Clifton is crushed by 74-53 Hot shooting lifts St. Anthony

January 17, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Lake Clifton played a game to remember Friday night against Simon Gratz, ranked No. 1 in the country by USA Today. Last night, the Lakers played a game to forget.

St. Anthony, ranked No. 4 in the country by USA Today, shot 65 percent from the field and dominated Lake Clifton, The Baltimore Sun's No. 2 team, on the way to a 74-53 victory in the Reebok Charm City Classic at the Towson Center.

Lake Clifton (8-3) stayed with Simon Gratz for three quarters Friday. Last night, the Lakers barely made it through one.

"Last night, we took three steps forward," said Lake Clifton coach Charlie Moore, who starts three sophomores and a junior. "Tonight, we took two back. We're young. We'll bounce back."

St. Anthony (11-0), which defeated Dunbar on Friday night, pushed the Lakers back by making few mistakes. The Friars had four players score in double figures and 10 players score overall.

"Everyone played well," said St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley. "Tonight we showed more patience."

The Friars showed patience on offense in looking for the good shot, which often came from Jalil Roberts (19 points) or Roshown McLeod (10 points) inside. The two combined for 21 points in the first half to help the Friars take a 39-19 lead at halftime.

"We're seniors, and we're the leading scorers," said Roberts, who also grabbed eight rebounds. "We're the go-to guys."

The Friars punched the ball inside almost at will. They scored 24 of their 30 baskets from inside 10 feet. St. Anthony made 30 of 46 from the field.

Carlos Cueto added 11 points and Jamar Curry contributed 10. Shawnta Rogers led Lake Clifton with 17 points. Reggie Frazier and Ronald Byrd added 11 apiece.

St. Anthony also kept the Lake Clifton's backcourt of Rogers and Kevin Norris quiet, especially early. Hurley said after watching how well they played in the Lakers' 60-46 loss to Simon Gratz, he told his team to watch them.

"We contained their little guards," said Hurley. "They didn't get a clear look at the basket."

Rogers (7-for-24) and Norris (seven points, 3-for-10) struggled from the field. The team never hit its stride shooting. It made 23 of 66 (34.8 percent).

The game was close early. Roberts got 10 points to give a St. Anthony 19-12 lead after one period.

The Lakers got a three-pointer from Rogers to cut it to 15-12.

Roberts hit a 10-foot fallaway with 32 seconds left. Lake Clifton turned it over, and Roberts hit an 8-footer with four seconds left for the 19-12 lead.

St. Anthony used a 16-0 second quarter run to help gain a 39-19 halftime lead. That, combined with a five-minute dry spell for Lake Clifton, put the Friars in command.

After Justin Fredericks' jumper, McLeod scored six points in a row for a 31-16 lead. After Fredericks hit another layup, McLeon took a perfect pass from Curry and laid in his fourth basket of the quarter with 1:14 left.

"They outplayed us, no ifs ands or buts," said Moore.

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