Edgewood struggles to 65-55 win over Overlea

March 06, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Edgewood won its second straight regional championship last night, but it did not come without a struggle.

The Rams, with senior Alfred McAllister the only returning starter from last year's 1A titlist, pushed their record to 17-4 with a 65-55 victory over an Overlea team that was a threat to pull out this Class 2A North final out almost to the end.

Overlea, behind much of the night, was within 37-34 with three minutes left in the third period when Edgewood suddenly took control at both ends of the floor. The defense forced turnovers and 6-foot-5 junior Julius Christy and 6-4 junior Eric Briggs dominated the boards.

The Rams ran off nine successive points, with McAllister handing off to Christy for four of them and Mike Baldwin hitting a three-pointer.

Two Dwayne Winder foul shots gave the home team their widest margin, 49-36 with six minutes, 20 seconds left. And it was Winder foul shots down the stretch that protected the lead.

Once again, it was balance for Edgewood. Briggs had 15 points, Christy 13, and Winder 10, including 8-for-8 at the line. Shawnte Dukes had 24 points and Troy Williams 23 for Overlea (17-6).

A 9-0 run midway of the first quarter shot Edgewood into the lead.

Dukes and Williams started fast for Overlea. Dukes scored off the opening tip and Williams connected from the corner for a quick 4-0 lead, but Edgewood came back to tie.

Edgewood went ahead for the first time on what turned out to be the big go-to play of the first half -- Christy converting a pass from Chris Finlay for 8-7 with three and a half minutes left in the quarter.

Finlay sank a three-point shot on the Rams' next possession and it started the home team's blitz. In less than two minutes, McAllister, Briggs and Christy had inside baskets for a 17-9 margin. A Dukes three-pointer at the buzzer cut it to 17-12.

Overlea got the gap to three before Winder put back a rebound and then fed McAllister for a basket. When Christy got a stuff off a long lead pass and put in a pass from Finlay, it was 25-16 with three minutes to go in the half. Christy turned another pass from Finlay into a basket for 27-19 and it gave him 12 points for the half.

McAllister opened the third period with a basket, but the Falcons charged back, getting to within 29-27 on a three-point play by Paul Handakas and a basket by Williams.

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