Cason, Simpson help Southern topple Walbrook

February 06, 1993|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

Playoff atmosphere filled the air at Southern yesterday as Walbrook and Southern met in what could be a preview of a state Class 3A regional tournament game.

But the atmosphere turned into one more fitting of a scrimmage in the second half, after most in an estimated crowd of 500 were forced to leave after a halftime altercation. About 50 spectators, including parents of the players, were permitted to stay for the second half.

But if the fifth-ranked Bulldogs felt any effects of their near-empty home gym, they didn't show it. Southern continued its winning ways, knocking off No. 3 Walbrook, 68-60, in a Maryland Scholastic Association Gamper Conference 3A-2A Division game.

"We just tried to focus on the game," said Southern coach Meredith Smith. "Whatever situation exists that we have to play under we have to deal with as best as we can."

Junior guards Damon Cason and Kevin Simpson led the Bulldogs (12-5, 8-2) with 18 points apiece. Junior swingman Dante Williams, playing in his first game of the season, added 15 and seven rebounds. Williams had been suspended from the team for disciplinary reasons.

"It was a terrific win, the kids played together," said Smith, whose team avenged a 68-58 loss to the Warriors on Jan. 13. "I thought our offensive execution in the first half was a little flat. In the second half, it was better and we had some defensive lapses, but we're working them out."

In the first meeting, the Bulldogs built a 14-point first-half lead, only to see Walbrook (15-2, 12-1) erase it and run past them for the victory. Southern scored the first nine points yesterday and didn't look back.

Trailing 45-34 entering the fourth quarter, the Warriors closed to within 45-38 on a steal and dunk by Troy Parker. After the teams traded baskets, Simpson made a three-pointer, increasing Southern's lead to 50-40.

After Walbrook cut it to 50-42, Williams made a jumper, then grabbed a Walbrook miss and threw a long pass to Cason, who finished with a layup to give the Bulldogs a 54-42 lead with 4:11 remaining. Southern finished the game by making nine of its final 10 shots.

"Because the execution was better, so was the shot selection," said Smith.

Troy Parker led Walbrook with 16 points. Travone Broadway added 12 and Andre Rafus had 10 for the Warriors, whose 12-game winning streak was ended.

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