Lake Clifton beats Edmondson, 86-62 Boys basketball

January 20, 1993|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

During school yesterday, Lake Clifton forward Bernard Williams told his coach Charlie Moore that he would get 10 points and 13 rebounds in their game against Edmondson. Moore told him to write it down, but Williams forgot.

It didn't make a difference because Williams had a game he wouldn't forget, scoring 19 and pulling down 12 rebounds to help the No. 2 Lakers defeat visiting 11th-ranked Edmondson, rTC 86-62, in a Maryland Scholastic Association Gamper Conference game.

Junior swingman Ronald Byrd led the Lakers (9-3, 4-0) with 21 points. Reggie Frazier added 15 points and Shawnta Rogers had 13 and six assists. Damien Ross and Antonio Sullivan led Edmondson (7-5, 5-3) with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

"Everything went really well as far as the scoring and rebounding was concerned," said Williams, a 6-foot-6 junior forward. "That was a real step up today with the loss of Kevin Norris, because that's 19 points right there missing."

Norris, a senior point guard for the Lakers, went down with a strained right ankle in the first quarter and didn't return. Moore said he hopes Norris will be ready for Friday night's showdown with No. 1 Dunbar at Morgan State.

The Lakers didn't miss a beat in his absence. They took command in the third period by outscoring the Redskins 25-12 and turning a 35-30 halftime advantage into a 60-42 lead.

"We had beautiful ball movement," said Moore. "With Kevin going down early, it put a lot of pressure on 'Nut' [Rogers] to execute and run the show, and he did an excellent job. Everyone got involved in the offense and it was beautiful."

Moore was pleased to see his team bounce back from losses to nationally ranked St. Anthony (N.J.) and Simon Gratz (Pa.) in the Charm City Classic last weekend.

The Lakers built a 14-3 lead midway through the opening quarter and threatened to run away with it. But the Redskins came right back, outscoring Lake Clifton 19-7 to take a 22-21 lead with 4:10 remaining in the second quarter. It was their first and final lead of the game.

With the Lakers back in front, 27-24, Williams scored six points and had three rebounds in the closing two minutes of the first half to extend the lead to five points.

Lake Clifton opened the third quarter with a 15-7 run, highlighted by four points by Williams.

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