Poly knocks off Woodlawn, 95-85 Class 4A, Region II

March 04, 1993|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Contributing Writer

When you're first-seeded in your region and playing before a large crowd at home like undefeated Woodlawn, you're supposed to win.

The only problem was someone forgot to tell Poly.

The Engineers (13-9) took an early lead and never trailed, withstanding several runs to knock off top-seeded Woodlawn, 95-85, in a Class 4A, Region II semifinal.

Giovanni Moore's 25 led Poly, and teammate Brian Scott chipped in 21. Donte Dudley led Woodlawn with 20.

The Engineers will travel to High Point for the regional championship at 7 p.m.

"This feels fantastic," said Poly coach Bucky Kimmett of his team's showing in the regionals so far. The Engineers have knocked off Baltimore County 4A-3A champ Woodlawn and runner-up Perry Hall in the tournament.

"We decided after Christmas that we playing an up-tempo style was the best for us. Now it's starting to pay off."

The Engineers took a 24-19 lead after the first quarter and lengthened it to 57-41 at the half.

The Warriors (22-1) responded early in the third quarter, using a Guy Butler layup to cut the Poly lead to four, 63-59, with 2:24 remaining.

After Kimmett called a timeout, Poly ran off 12 of the next 18 points to lengthen the lead to 75-65 with 7:07 remaining.

Woodlawn's best run came with 5:45 left, when an Emanuel Adekunle jumper cut the lead to 75-72. After that, Poly scored nine of the next 11 points to put the game away.

"I guess they thought that they would blow us out," said Moore. "But we played hard tonight and it showed. I'm proud to be part of the first team in Poly history to play in the state playoffs."

For Woodlawn, the loss ended an undefeated season that saw the Warriors go 20-0 in Baltimore County and earn the No. 5 ranking in The Sun.

"We've been practicing like fat cats lately and I believe that carries over into the games," said Woodlawn coach Rod Norris.

"We had a great season and I make no excuses. We didn't get it done tonight."

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