Undefeated Lake Clifton holds off No. 4 Southwestern's rally, 66-63

BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

January 04, 1996|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

When Southwestern withdrew from the Mervo Holiday Tournament and a matchup with Lake Clifton in the first round, some thought the Sabers were trying to avoid the Lakers.

And it didn't bode very well for the No. 4 Sabers when they fell behind by 20 points after the opening quarter and by as many as 23 in the second half against No. 5 Lake Clifton in a Baltimore City nonleague contest yesterday.

But in the final minutes, it was the Lakers trying to avoid blowing what had appeared to be an easy victory, holding off Southwestern, 66-63.

Michael King and Roderick Walker each scored 14 points to lead Lake Clifton. Eric Evans and Rodney Bass added 11 each. Stanley Parker, Cornelius McMurray and Reginald Johnson each scored 13 to lead Southwestern.

The Lakers (7-0) had a 65-59 lead with 32.9 seconds remaining after two free throws by King. Donta' Lloyd pulled the Sabers (5-1) within 65-62 about 10 seconds later with a three-pointer.

Lloyd missed a three-pointer that would have tied the game, but Stanley Parker was fouled with 7.1 seconds remaining. He coverted one of the two bonus one-and-one free throws.

King was fouled immediately with six seconds left and he also converted only one of the two bonus one-and-one free throws. After a timeout by Southwestern, the ball was inbounded to Johnson who got it upcourt to McMurray, whose three-pointer from the right of the perimeter bounced off the back of the rim.

"Our youth showed today," said Lake Clifton coach Charlie Moore. "We thought we had the game in hand and we didn't display the patience needed and against a quality team like Southwestern, you're in trouble."

The Lakers had its largest lead at 46-23 after a basket by Roderick Walker in the third quarter. Southwestern began its rally, scoring nine straight to pull within 14 with 3:05 left in the quarter.

After a layup by Donte Lemmon ended the run, they picked up the pace again, running off eight straight, making it 48-40. A basket by Parker with 6:59 left in the game had the Sabers within 49-44.

A three-pointer by Walker capped an 8-2 run and gave Lake Clifton a 57-46 lead, but the Sabers ran off a 10-1 surge to close the margin to 58-56 with 2:52 remaining.

"We just weren't in the game in the first half," said Southwestern coach Terry Leverett. "We played much better in the second half, but we missed some key free throws down the stretch."

When asked about the reason for withdrawing from the Mervo Tournament, Leverett said that his team was to play City in a 3:30 p.m. first-round game, not Lake Clifton at 1 p.m. and wasn't notified by tournament director Woody Williams until a couple days before. Leverett added that travel arrangements already had been made.

* Southern 98, Edmondson 47: Dedric Galloway scored a game-high 21 points and John Hemsley added 19 as the host and top-ranked Bulldogs (6-0) routed No. 17 Edmondson (6-4).

Leading, 23-18, after the first quarter, Southern went on a 26-2 run over the next 6:13 to pull away.

Edmondson, fresh off last week's championship at the Wes Unseld Tournament, was paced by Christopher Green (10 points) and Harry Gettis (nine). Eleven players scored for Southern.

* C.M. Wright 60, Aberdeen 53: C. Milton Wright (4-3) got a solid man-to-man defensive effort and some clutch baskets in pulling away from a one-point lead against visiting No. 12 Aberdeen (5-2) in the last five minutes.

Chris Wilson came off the bench to get two three-point baskets, and Korey Smith (15 points) hit his last three shots to key the offensive effort. Adam Vesely included three three-pointers in leading Aberdeen with 13 points.

Girls

* Severna Park 55, Arundel 42: Chavonne Hammond, who scored a game-high 19 points, and second-ranked Arundel came to life late in the third quarter last night and rolled past fifth-ranked Severna Park and Jennifer Holmes.

* Seton Keough 58, McDonogh 37: Meghann Donovan scored 27 to power host No. 1 Seton Keough (10-1) past No. 16 McDonogh.

Andrea Pinheiro added 10 to the Gators' cause. Mary Urban led McDonogh with 11.

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