Woodlawn ties school record with 17th in row

February 06, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

C School records probably aren't worth a whole lot to Emanuele Adekunle.

After spending last season playing for his church team in Nashville, Tenn., the 6-foot-5 junior moved to Woodlawn just last September.

Last night, against visiting Dundalk, however, Adekunle rejected the Owls' bid to spoil his new team's big night. His 11 blocked shots and defensive dominance under the basket led No. 4 Woodlawn to a 88-70 victory over Dundalk for it's 17th straight win, tying a school record.

"I guess it means something to be part of the team that did it," said Adekunle.

Though the center struggled offensively, scoring just four points, he said he wanted to make up for it with defense.

"There was something wrong with my offense," he said. "so I concentrated on playing well on defense. Nothing that got in the paint was getting past me. I tried to block everything."

Another key contributor was reserve forward Chris Newman. The junior entered began the night averaging just over four points a game, but stepped up to score a career-high 18.

Newman said his incentive was to show coach Rod Norris he deserved more playing time.

"I wanted to show him something," Newman said. "I wanted to influence him to play me more."

Newman said that Woodlawn (15-0 in the Baltimore County 4A-3A League and 17-0 overall) is a much better team than last year, when the Warriors finished 15-8.

After looking sluggish early, they dominated Dundalk the rest of the way.

Leading 18-17 late in the first quarter, they used a 16-4 run to break the game open.

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