Southwestern takes care of Douglass again

January 24, 1996|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

When Southwestern defeated Douglass by 36 points in the season opener last month, the Ducks were still searching for a consistent lineup.

With that situation in hand and displaying improvement since, Douglass felt it was ready to challenge the Sabers in the rematch yesterday on its home court.

Then game time arrived.

The Ducks did play better the second time around, but it was hardly noticeable as No. 2 Southwestern won, 93-58, in a Baltimore City West League contest.

Six players scored in double figures for Southwestern (8-1, 2-0) led by 24 from senior guard Reginald Johnson. Cornelius McMurray added 16 and Bobby Lovett scored 13. Lee Reliford led Douglass (7-5, 3-1) with 12 points.

The Sabers led 22-9 after the opening period and 45-33 at halftime and never broke stride, increasing the lead to as much as 36 in the final quarter.

"We really felt that we were ready for this game," said Douglass first-year coach Lynn Badham.

"We had a good practice and things went well, but I just don't know. We just have to go back to the drawing board."

Badham has a squad that consists of 10 underclassmen and two seniors.

Outside of one-point losses to Fairmont Heights and Surrattsville in a holiday tournament, Douglass' other defeats were to Southern-B and Southwestern, the area's top two teams.

But Douglass was confident that it could give the Sabers a battle yesterday. And it did, for about a quarter and a half.

The Ducks led only once at 4-2, before Johnson scored seven straight to give control to Southwestern. Douglass got to within 31-23 on a three-pointer by John Robinson with 3:43 left in the first half.

But the Sabers got a three-pointer from Jerome Banks and a three-point play by Lovett as part of an 8-0 run to build the lead back to 16.

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