No. 7 Randallstown, No. 16 Woodlawn set to vie for Unseld title Teams' last meeting ended with brawl among fans

December 28, 1996|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The first meeting was postponed because of a fire. The rescheduled matchup ended at halftime because of a brawl involving fans.

Barring other any major disturbances, Randallstown and Woodlawn will play a complete game for the first time this season, with the Wes Unseld Holiday Tournament championship stake as both won semifinal games last night at Catonsville Community College.

The No. 16 Warriors knocked off No. 13 and five-time tournament champ Broadneck, 52-46, while the No. 7 Rams rallied to beat defending champ Edmondson, 69-67. The longtime Baltimore County rivals will tip it off at 8 tonight.

Randallstown (6-1), seeking its first Unseld Tournament championship, overcame a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit to turn away Edmondson (2-5) as Demon Brown scored 20 of his game-high 31 points in the final quarter to out-duel Virgil Singleton of Edmondson, who finished with 29.

Brown, a 6-foot-1 junior point guard, put the Rams up by two with a free throw with 13.6 seconds left in regulation. He missed the second free throw and Singleton grabbed the rebound.

Singleton brought the ball down the right side and spotted Gary Sneed cutting toward the basket from the opposite side. Singleton got the ball to Sneed, but he missed a layup. Sneed grabbed the rebound, but missed on a short hook. The teams volleyed for the ball as time expired.

"We started off sluggish and some guys are still dwelling on the Lake Clifton game," said Randallstown coach Kim Rivers, referring to last week's 64-51 loss. "A lot of guys aren't stepping ,, up. We were fortunate to get the win tonight."

The Rams went up, 66-65, with 1: 44 remaining on a layup by T. J. Stallings. Randallstown forced a turnover, leading to a layup by Brown. Two free throws by Singleton pulled the Redskins to within 68-67 with 38.8 seconds left.

Brown was called for charging, giving the ball back to Edmondson with 31.3 seconds remaining, but Andre Sharpe couldn't convert on a lob pass from Singleton with 22 seconds left.

"We came out here and played hard," said Singleton, who scored 14 points in the final quarter. "They just wanted it more than us and did the necessary things to win."

Jerry Venable added 13 points for Randallstown. Eddie Colbert contributed 14 for Edmondson.

In the other semifinal, William Epps led Woodlawn (3-1) with 15 points and Aaron Ragsdale added 12. Noble Watkins led Broadneck (3-3) with 19 and John Williams scored 13.

Ragsdale broke a 43-43 deadlock with a three-pointer with 1: 38 remaining in the game, setup by a save from Adrian Baldwin, who threw to Ragsdale before falling out of bounds on the baseline. Epps followed with a dunk on a fast break as Woodlawn scored seven straight to help pull away from the Bruins.

"Our pressure defense and execution down the stretch was the difference," said Woodlawn coach Bobby Richardson. "We started to get out of our game, but defense fuels our offense, once we got that back in the gear, we were fine."

In the final eight minutes of regulation, Broadneck went 3-for-18 from the field with five turnovers and was 6-for-12 from the free-throw line.

Pub Date: 12/28/96

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