Butler lifts Woodlawn to 75-59 win Boys basketball

February 20, 1993|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Contributing Writer

Woodlawn's Guy Butler sat on the bench in foul trouble for most of Tuesday's game when the Warriors defeated Catonsville to win the Baltimore County 4A-3A title.

Last night, Perry Hall fans wished he had stayed there.

The 6-foot-5 junior scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the No. 5 Warriors (21-0, 19-0) over the Gators, 75-59, in a Baltimore County 4A-3A game.

Donte Dudley's 23 points paced Woodlawn. Jeff Borrows led the 17th-ranked Gators with 20 points.

"It mad me angry," Butler said of his time on the bench. "I knew I had to work harder this game. I think I did that tonight."

The win improves Woodlawn's school-record winning streak to 21 straight and increases the Warriors' lock on the first seed for the Class 4A, Region II playoffs. Perry Hall (16-4, 14-4), also in the same region, must wait to see where they will be seeded.

If the Warriors win their final regular-season game Tuesday at Lansdowne, they also will finish the regular season as the area's only undefeated team.

Woodlawn held a 15-12 lead, but used eight points by Butler to go on a 29-13 run the rest of the half and put the game away.

The Gators used some timely three-pointers late in the fourth quarter to cut into the lead, but the damage had already been done.

The effort by Butler and Dudley overshadowed Woodlawn's Emanuele Adekunle. The junior contributed nine blocks and several key rebounds.

"He really scares me," said Woodlawn coach Rod Norris. "He seems to get better and better as the season goes along.

"It hasn't really sunk in [that Woodlawn could have an undefeated season]," said Norris. "I give these kids a lot of credit, they've faced a lot of obstacles and overcome them all. They love to play and every game is a season for them. They take it as it comes."

Perry Hall coach Phil Walter said, "They outplayed us on the boards. Borrows stepped it up once again for us, but they were just too strong tonight."

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