Walbrook tops Towson Catholic, 67-61 Boys basketball

February 18, 1993|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

On the surface, yesterday's non-league matchup between Walbrook and Towson Catholic didn't have much real significance, except that both teams are ranked.

But there was something at stake. Momentum.

Despite wasting another large lead in the second half, the No. 3 Warriors were able to hold on and complete one of their best regular seasons with a 67-61 victory over the visiting No. 14 Owls.

Junior forward Troy Parker led Walbrook (18-2) with 11 points, and Andre Rafus, Antonio Patterson and Antwan Wingo each scored 10. James Burrell led Towson Catholic (16-10) with 22, Troy Elser added 14 and Sharif Butler had 12.

"It has been a real good year," said Walbrook coach Gus Herrington. "The kids have played well and worked real hard to be where we are.but the kids made it happen. Without them, we wouldn't be 18-2."

The 18 victories by the Warriors are the most since the 1985-86 season, when they went 20-4 in Herrington's first season. Walbrook, winner of the Maryland Scholastic Association Gamper Conference 3A-2A Division, will play No. 1 Lake Clifton or No. 2 Dunbar for the Baltimore City Public School championship on Feb. 27 at Dunbar.

Walbrook will be the top seed and thus receive a first-round by in the state Class 3A Region III tournament, which begins in two weeks.

The Warriors have been prone to slow starts this season, but in their past two games, the second half has become an adventure. In last Thursday's 66-63 win over Southwestern, they lost a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Leading by as many as 20 in the second half yesterday, Walbrook got sloppy and inpatient, letting Towson Catholic close to 59-55 with 2:54 left. But the Warriors got a key block by Rafus on a shot by Butler, two free throws from Wingo and a layup by Parker to secure a 63-55 lead.

"We were right there," said Towson Catholic coach Mike Daniels, whose team was hurt at the free-throw line, making just 12 of 26, including five of 15 in the first three quarters. "Walbrook is tough. They are very athletic. They were putting us in spots on the floor that we didn't want to get into."

The loss was only the second in the past 12 games for Towson Catholic, which is 9-4 in the Catholic League. It will play St. Frances (8-5) at the University of Baltimore tomorrow and at first-place Loyola (9-4) on Sunday in the regular-season finale.

Sunday's game will be for first in the MSA Armstrong Conference A League. Both teams are tied at 12-3.

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