Walbrook clinches first place, defeats Southwestern, 66-63

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.

The Warriors will play the first-place finisher in the 4A-1A Division for the Baltimore City Public School championship Feb. 27 at Dunbar. Lake Clifton is first in 4A-1A with an 8-0 mark, followed by Dunbar at 7-1.

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, Troy Parker knocked the ball away from Wilbert Smith and passed to Antwan 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, then made one of two free throws.

Eaddy's three-point try missed with 10 seconds left, and Walbrook's Marvin Matthews hit a basket at the buzzer 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."

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