Walbrook clinches first place

February 12, 1993|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

One road to the state Class 3A semifinals at Cole Field House will be going through Walbrook.

The No. 3 Warriors all but assured themselves of the home-court edge for the Region III playoffs and wrapped up first place in the Maryland Scholastic Association Gamper Conference 3A-2A Division with a 66-63 victory over visiting and No. 6 Southwestern yesterday.

Sophomore forward Travone Broadway scored 17 points, including a free throw with 32 seconds remaining in regulation to give Walbrook (16-2, 13-1) a 64-63 lead. Andre Rafus also had 17 points, plus 11 rebounds. Antwan Wingo had 15 points and five assists.

The Warriors will play the first-place finisher in the 4A-1A Division for the Baltimore City Public School championship Feb. 27 at Dunbar. The time has not yet been determined. Lake Clifton is first in 4A-1A with an 8-0 mark, followed by Dunbar at 7-1.

As simple as that scenario may seem, the final six minutes yesterday wasn't easy for Walbrook.

With 6:17 left, Walbrook appeared to be in control, leading 58-41. But it squandered the advantage under Southwestern's press defense, turning the ball over 12 times in a four-minute stretch and allowing the Sabers (15-5, 10-3) to pull even at 60 with 2:03 left.

After another Walbrook turnover gave possession back to Southwestern, Troy Parker knocked the ball away from Wilbert Smith and passed to Wingo. Driving toward the basket, he flipped the ball behind his back to a trailing Broadway for an easy dunk, giving the Warriors the lead at 62-60 with 1:37 left.

Southwestern got a free throw by Haywood Eaddy and a basket by Milton Nichols to gain its first lead since 19-18 in the second quarter, 63-62. Wingo hit the first of two free throws to tie it at 63, then missed the second, but Parker got the rebound and passed it to Broadway, who was fouled on an attempt in the paint. He missed the first free throw but made the second.

With 10 seconds left, Eaddy's three-point attempt missed, and the Warriors got a basket at the buzzer by Marvin Matthews for the final margin.

"We didn't handle the ball well," said Walbrook coach Gus Herrington. "All season, the press has given us problem at times and we just fell apart.

"I thought they pushed up and they cut the lead down, and we weren't taking care of the ball."

The Warriors trailed 15-5 in the first quarter, then promptly went on a 25-4 run to lead 30-19 with 4:05 left in the third quarter. The Sabers' ball-handling and passing were poor, too, as they committed seven turnovers.

"I'm proud of the comeback, but to be short, I can't feel good about that," said Southwestern coach Terry Leverette, whose team was led by 17 points from Smith and 13 by Ronald Alston.

"I don't feel good that we had the lead and should have won the game, but we didn't box out and get the rebounds. We didn't protect the ball when we had to protect the ball."

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