Cason leads Southern past Lakers

December 12, 1993|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

Even though it was an early-season game, No. 2 Southern-Baltimore wanted to send a message to future opponents in its matchup yesterday with No. 3 Lake Clifton at the Lake Clifton Mixer.

And Damon Cason was the messenger.

Tired of the taunting of some Lake Clifton fans who were sitting behind the Bulldogs' bench, Cason turned the final quarter into his personal showcase, scoring 16 of his game-high 28 points in sending the Bulldogs to a 81-66 triumph.

In other games, No. 7 Walbrook defeated No. 18 Carver, 76-59, No. 1 Dunbar handled Forest Park, 119-54; Edmondson defeated Mervo, 66-59; City nipped Northern, 68-67, in overtime; Patterson got past Douglass, 75-61; and Poly edged Northwestern, 87-85.

Senior shooting guard Kevin Simpson had 17 points for Southern, and Dante Williams and Alphonzo Hawes each added 12. Shawnta Rogers led Lake Clifton (1-1) with 23 points and Reggie Frazier had 11.

With its win, Southern (2-0) extended the state's longest winning streak to 16 and completed a successful opening weekend, which included a 115-52 victory over Mervo on Friday. The Bulldogs will participate in the Function in the Junction Mixer at Coppin State, where they will meet Largo, last season's state 4A champions, on Thursday and Dunbar on Friday.

And they appear to be in mid-season form, especially Cason, who scored 19 of his team's final 23 points.

"Early in the game, I wanted to get everyone involved," he said. "But also I had to play Shawnta Rogers, which isn't easy. We wanted to get them into foul trouble and get the ball to our big people. Then, in the third and fourth quarter, I just had to do what I had to do. I was in a zone."

The highlight of Cason's performance came with under three minutes remaining. He missed a three-point attempt from the left arc and the ball hit off the rim to the right. He beat Terrance Payne to the ball and threw an over-the-shoulder pass to a wide-open Williams for a dunk.

With a 6-0 run to start the game, Southern never trailed and the closest the Lakers got was two, midway through the third quarter. Lake Clifton got to within 54-50 late in the third, but the Bulldogs went on a 6-0 run as Cason assisted on a dunk by Simpson and added two free throws.

* Walbrook (1-1) bounced back from Friday's 102-80 defeat to Lake Clifton, getting 20 points from Anton Jenifer and 18 from Travon Broadway in its victory over Carver (1-2). Harrell Rice scored 18 for Carver.

* For the second straight game, Dunbar (2-0), ranked No. 8 by USA Today, eclipsed the 100-point mark. Thirteen players scored for the Poets, who were led by 19 points from senior forward Rodney Elliott and 17 by Marvis Thornton.

* Corey Simpson scored four points in overtime, lifting City (1-2) over Northern (0-2). Alfred Gardner had 17 for City, and Lloyd Jones led Northern with 20.

* Senior forward Brian Scott scored 29 points, leading Poly (1-1) past Northwestern (0-2). Eddie Scott scored 30 and DeAndre Carter added 19 for the Wildcats, whose two defeats have been by a total of three points.

* Colin Jones scored 20 and Todd Gross added 16 as Patterson (1-2) defeated Douglass (0-2). Jeremy Turlington led Douglass with 17 points.

* Edmondson improved to 2-0 as Terrell Smith scored 15 in its victory over Mervo (0-2).

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