Boys Basketball Top 20 High Schools

March 13, 1995

FINAL POLL

1. Lake Clifton (23-1) -- Last week's ranking: 1. The Lakers became the third Baltimore City school to win a state championship. In an 87-70 victory over then-No. 4 Arundel in the state 4A semifinals at the University of Maryland on Thursday, Shawnta Rogers scored 20 points and had 11 assists, and Jimmy Moore added 19 points. Saturday in the championship game, Guy Butler's three-point play with 4.5 seconds left in the game lifted the Lakers, ranked No. 13 by USA Today, to a 65-63 victory over Springbrook of Montgomery County, ranked No. 2 by the Washington Post. Rogers had 26 points. Next game: Season completed.

2. Dunbar (25-1) -- Last week's ranking: 2. The Poets, ranked No. 13 in the National Prep Poll, became the third team to win three consecutive state championships, defeating No. 13 Edgewood (80-55) on Friday in the state 2A semifinals and No. 11 Oakland Mills (100-58) on Saturday in the final at the University of Maryland. Marvis Thornton totaled 58 points in the two victories and Robert Foster scored 44. The Poets have won 39 of their last 40 games. Next game: Season completed.

3. St. Frances (22-4) -- Last week's ranking: 3. The Panthers, regular-season and tournament champions of the Catholic League, did not play. Next game: Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Alhambra Catholic Tournament at Frostburg State.

4. Randallstown (26-1) -- Last week's ranking: 6. Thursday, Daron Ward scored 19 points and Lance Anderson added 17 in an 81-71 victory over Gwynn Park of Prince George's County in the state 3A semifinals at the University of Maryland. In the championship game on Saturday, Troy Lewis' steal and lay-up with 17 seconds remaining in regulation lifted the Rams to a 58-57 victory over Thomas Johnson of Frederick County, and their first state championship. The Rams are the third team from Baltimore County since 1963 to win a state title. Next game: Season completed.

5. Calvert Hall (26-9) -- Last week's ranking: 5. The Cardinals did not play. Next game: Season completed.

6. Arundel (21-4) -- Last week's ranking: 4. In their first state semifinal appearance since 1975, the Wildcats lost to No. 1 Lake Clifton, 87-70, in a state 4A semifinal game at the University of Maryland. Bakari Ward scored 23 points and had seven assists. Marquise Farmer added 12 points and Sean Fairbanks had 10 points and 17 rebounds. Next game: Season completed.

7. Broadneck (22-3) -- Last week's ranking: 7. In their first state semifinal appearance since 1986, the Bruins lost to Thomas Johnson of Frederick County, 46-44, in a state 3A semifinal game at the University of Maryland on Thursday. Jason Smith led all scorers with 25 points. Next game: Season completed.

8. Southern-Balto. (13-10) -- Last week's ranking: 8. The Bulldogs did not play. Next game: Season completed.

9. Walbrook (15-5) -- Last week's ranking: 9. The Warriors did not play. Next game: Season completed.

10. Severn (24-8) -- Last week's ranking: 10. The Admirals did not play. Next game: Season completed.

11. Oakland Mills (22-4) -- Last week's ranking: 11. In a 74-67 overtime victory over South Hagerstown in the state 2A semifinals at the University of Maryland on Friday, Michael Hill and Irving Conwell each scored 27 points. Saturday in the championship game, Hill scored 19 and Conwell added 17 and nine rebounds in a 100-58 loss to No. 2 Dunbar. Next game: Season completed.

12. Milford Mill (22-4) -- Last week's ranking: 12. Friday, Blanchard Hurd scored 29 points and Keon Sellman added 17 in an 80-64 victory over Williamsport of Washington County in the state 1A semifinals at the University of Maryland. In the finals on Saturday, Hurd scored 37 points in a 67-63 loss to Forestville of Prince George's County, ending Milford Mill's attempt to repeat as state 1A champions. Next game: Season completed.

13. Edgewood (16-9) -- Last week's ranking: 13. Mike Baldwin scored 20 points and had nine rebounds and Chris Finlay added 10 in an 80-55 loss to No. 2 Dunbar in the state 2A semifinals on Friday at the University of Maryland. The Rams have lost in the state 2A semifinals the last three seasons. Next game: Season completed.

14. C. Milton Wright (18-6) -- Last week's ranking: 14. The Mustangs did not play. Next game: Season completed.

15. Annapolis (16-4) -- Last week's ranking: 17. The Panthers did not play. Next game: Season completed.

16. Douglass (15-6) -- Last week's ranking: 15. The Ducks did not play. Next game: Season completed.

17. Atholton (21-2) -- Last week's ranking: 16. The Raiders did not play. Next game: Season completed.

18. Southwestern (14-9) -- Last week's ranking: 18. The Sabers did not play. Next game: Season completed.

19. Aberdeen (13-10) -- Last week's ranking: 19. The Eagles did not play. Next game: Season completed.

20. Overlea (19-3) -- Last week's ranking: 20. The Falcons did not play. Next game: Season completed.

Other teams receiving consideration, with records in parentheses: St. Paul's (22-5), Dundalk (18-4), John Carroll (15-11), Glenelg (14-11), Mount St. Joseph (15-12).

How the poll is chosen: The 1994-95 boys basketball poll is selected each week by the local sports staff through game observations and consultation with coaches.

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