Lake Clifton stops Walbrook

February 28, 1993|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

All season, their focus been to reach the state finals at the University of Maryland. But before it got to that, Lake Clifton had some unfinished business to take care of last night at an unusual location.

Before a capacity crowd at Dunbar, the No. 2 Lakers defeated No. 3 Walbrook, 77-63, to win the Maryland Scholastic Association Gamper Conference championship.

Senior guard Kevin Norris led the Lakers (17-4) with 25 points and 10 assists. Shawnta Rogers had 22 and 10 assists while Reggie Frazier added 17 and eight rebounds.

Lake Clifton coach Charlie Moore said his team will host Mervo tomorrow in a Class 4A, Region II quarterfinal game. During the regular season, the Lakers won both games, by 122-49 and 61-47. If successful tomorrow, the Lakers will travel to Prince Georges' County power High Point for a semifinal game on Wednesday night.

The Lakers secured the third seed in the region with a 96-86 victory over Edmondson on Tuesday. The win also gave them the decisive advantage in a tiebreaker over Dunbar for the right to participate in last night's conference title game.

Even though the Lakers played one of their worst games of the season, they survived by hitting 15 of 16 free throws in the final period.

"We did a good job in spots," said Moore. "A Warrior is hard to beat. We played well in spots and did what we had to do to win."

Last night's victory also gave Lake Clifton its first MSA championship since the 1986-87 season and first postseason title since the 1987-88, when it won the Baltimore City Public Schools tournament.

The Lakers manhandled the Warriors (18-3) in December, 103-87, in the Function at the Junction Mixer at Walbrook, but last night was a different story.

With 5:25 remaining in regulation, the Lakers were ahead, 58-48, but Walbrook chipped away at the lead and pulled to 60-55 on a basket by Sean Gross.

Rogers pushed the Lakers' lead back to 62-55 with a pair of free throws. But Antwan Wingo and Troy Parker added free throws to close the margin to 62-59 with 3:42 remaining.

Rogers returned to the line and converted on three of four to increase Lake Clifton's lead to 65-59, then it went on to outscore the Warriors, 12-4, down the stretch.

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