No. 4 Walbrook rebounds, stops No. 6 Southern, 90-84

January 21, 1995|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

Earlier in the week, a matchup between No. 3 St. Frances and No. 4 Walbrook failed to materialize, leaving the Warriors a week between games.

And with the Warriors' first opponent in seven days being a young but dangerous Southern of Baltimore squad, the situation appeared a little precarious. But things worked out for the host Warriors. Especially in the end.

Three weeks after failing to close out No. 1 Lake Clifton in the final moments on their court, the Warriors didn't have a repeat, defeating the No. 6 Bulldogs yesterday, 90-84, in a Baltimore City 4A League game.

Senior guard Anton Jenifer led all scorers for Walbrook (10-2, 4-1) with 36 points. Travone Broadway added 25 and Chris Reynolds had 14 and 20 rebounds.

John Hemsley led Southern (6-5, 5-2) with 27 points. Shawnte Dukes added 25.

The Warriors led 70-59 with 6:34 left after a dunk by Broadway. With 29 seconds left, the lead had dwindled to 86-84 after Marlon Wise's second straight three-pointer.

Kevin Elliott, who played a big role in limiting Hemsley to six points after halftime, converted two one-and-one free throws with 25 seconds to play. Broadway finished off the victory, dunking with one second left after a miss by Jenifer.

"We were upset that the game with St. Frances didn't come through," said Jenifer, who has been slowed by the flu this week. "We just kept on practicing harder and harder each day."

In the 108-94 overtime loss to Lake Clifton on Jan. 6, the Warriors missed three of four foul shots in the final 23 seconds of regulation. Walbrook did not recover and was outscored 16-2 in BTC overtime after it had an eight-point lead late in the third quarter.

In the final quarter yesterday, Walbrook converted eight of 10 free throws, including six straight, to keep the Bulldogs at bay.

After trailing by as many as 12 points in the first half, the Warriors gained control late in the third quarter, going on a 15-4 run to

take a 64-57 advantage.

Broadway, who had 18 points in the second half after being slowed by foul trouble in the first half, pulled Walbrook within 53-52 with a three-point play.

Elliott, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, who came off of the bench for Broadway, followed with a jumper high off the glass. Then Jenifer weaved through two Southern defenders for a layup, making it 56-53.

"Most of these guys have been together for four years," said Walbrook coach Gus Herrington. "They are playing as good as they are going to play. I'm glad that they were able to come together."

The Warriors, whose only defeats have been to Lake Clifton and No. 2 Dunbar, appeared to be falling apart early as Southern dominated the interior for easy layups and high-percentage shots.

When Broadway sat down with his third foul with 6:51 left in the first half, Walbrook faced a 25-17 deficit. The Warriors closed the margin to 29-23, but Southern scored eight of the next 10.

"This is a tough loss," said Southern coach Meredith Smith, whose team won't play again until next Saturday at St. Patrick's of New Jersey. "I thought we had complacency set in after we got a significant lead in the first half."

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