Southern in tune, routs Walbrook

February 08, 1994|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

With No. 1 Southwestern looming, Southern-Baltimore couldn't look past Walbrook in its Baltimore City 4A League matchup yesterday, especially since the Warriors surprised No. 5 Lake Clifton last week at Lake Clifton.

But which Walbrook team would show up at Southern? The one that beat Lake Clifton, or the one that lost to Edmondson and struggled to a double-overtime victory over Mervo?

The No. 13 Warriors appeared ready to give the No. 2 Bulldogs a challenge, but instead, Southern turned it into a tuneup for Thursday's rematch with Southwestern with an 81-46 triumph.

Senior shooting guard Kevin Simpson led Southern (14-1, 6-1) with 23 points and Damon Cason added 17 points and seven assists.

Travon Broadway scored 13 points and Anton Jenifer 10 to lead Walbrook (6-8, 4-3).

The Bulldogs, who were ranked No. 2 in the nation in last week's USA Today Super 25, had its 25-game winning streak and its national championship hopes --ed in a 71-70 loss to Southwestern last Tuesday. This week's USA Today rankings will be released today.

"That loss really hurt us," said Simpson of last week's defeat at the buzzer. "Our focus is now winning a state championship since we can't possibly win the national championship."

Southern has been dealt a loss with the absence of starting forward Dante Williams, who was a big contributor in wins over Simon Gratz of Philadelphia and Rice of New York at the First National Bank Charm City Classic two weekends ago.

Southern coach Meredith Smith said the 6-foot-5 senior is out indefinitely because "of some problems on the personal level."

Last season, Williams helped sparked the Bulldogs to the state 3A championship, which included an 80-65 victory over Walbrook in the Region III title contest. Southern built a 21-point halftime lead against the Warriors in that game.

In their first meeting of the season yesterday, the Bulldogs had a 33-16 halftime advantage on the strength of a 16-0 run to close out the second quarter.

The Warriors closed to within 15 at the start of third quarter, but got no closer as Southern went on a 14-0 run late in the period, turning a 43-25 lead into 57-25.

"We put people in the game who are passing up open shots and turning the ball over," said Walbrook coach Gus Herrington. "At this point of the season, we shouldn't be doing the things that we are doing."

Herrington's 10th season as coach has not been memorable. The Warriors have never had a losing season, but after yesterday's defeat they are 6-8 and looking out of the Class 4A, North Region playoff picture. Consistency has been Walbrook's biggest problem, as evident in last week's performance.

Southern had an early 7-2 lead, but the Warriors closed to within 13-12. Baskets by Cason and Alphonso Hawes extended the Bulldogs' lead to 17-12.

Walbrook got back to within one at 17-16 after baskets by Maurice Selby and Kevin Elliot with 4:54 remaining in the first half, but the Bulldogs' defense shut it down for the remainder of the half.

"We were a little lackadaisical on the defensive end," said Smith. "After the first quarter, we played tremendous defense and helped make our offense work today."

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