Southern-B outlasts Mervo in double overtime Missed free throws hurt Mustangs in 89-78 defeat

February 19, 1997|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Now in his fourth season as coach at Mervo, Woody Williams had the Mustangs in position to play for the City League's East Division title. A victory yesterday over host Southern-Baltimore would have made next Monday's regular-season finale against Lake Clifton a contest for the division championship.

However, a breakdown at the free-throw line led to Mervo's 89-78 double-overtime loss to the Bulldogs and left Williams refusing to comment after the game.

Holding a 69-67 lead with over a minute remaining in the first overtime, Mervo missed eight consecutive free throws. The Bulldogs then tied the game at 69 on a layup by Emil Curry with 12 seconds left.

The Bulldogs pulled away in the second overtime, going on an 8-0 run to take the win.

Junior guard Charles Scott led Southern (9-8, 2-2) with a game-high 34 points. Curry added 21 for the Bulldogs, including eight in the overtime sessions. Marcus Hatten led Mervo (10-10, 3-2) with 22 points and Damien Jenifer added 18.

With the loss by Mervo, Lake Clifton clinched the East Division title. The No. 4-ranked Lakers (5-0 in East Division) will play at No. 1 Southwestern, the West Division champ, next Wednesday for the City championship.

In the extra periods, Mervo was four-for-12 from the foul line, making just one of nine in the first overtime. Southern, which missed 17 free throws in a four-point defeat to No. 11 Dunbar last week, made seven of 10.

While the Mustangs were bricking free throws late in the first overtime, Southern couldn't make a field goal, going more than two minutes without a score until Curry's layup with 12 seconds remaining. Mervo missed a jumper at the buzzer, sending the game to a second overtime.

The Bulldogs responded to their second opportunity, using two baskets by Shawn Lane for a 73-69 lead with 3: 06 left. Mervo cut the lead to 75-73 with 2: 23 remaining on a jumper by Jenifer.

Curry started the decisive 8-0 surge with a basket and was fouled. Jelani Wise (13 points) and Scott each followed with a jumper. Then Isiah Johnson followed a miss by Scott, putting Southern up 83-73 with 1: 09 remaining.

"We showed some character today and didn't give up," said Southern coach Meredith Smith. "A lot of times with a young team they don't respond well in close situations, but we were successful, and were able to gain experience."

Dunbar 77, Douglass 67: Five players for the 11th-ranked Poets (12-6) posted double-doubles in a team effort that overwhelmed the No. 18 Ducks (11-7). Arnold Bowie led the way with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jamal Brown had 15 points and 15 rebounds.

Dyrell Garrett added 10 points and 16 assists.

John Carroll 52, Park 42: Junior center Richard Grayson had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the eighth-seeded and host Patriots (6-16) defeated the Bruins (7-14) in a first-round game of the MIAA B Conference playoffs. John Carroll plays at Severn tomorrow at 4 p.m.

Lutheran 70, Mount Carmel 58: Senior guard Michael McCoy led all scorers with 23 points as the homestanding Saints (9-10) earned a spot in the MIAA C Conference semifinals -- 4: 45 today at Beth Tfiloh.

Glenelg Country 60, Arlington Baptist 40: Eric Greenberg and Pat Dennison combined for 30 points to lead the fourth-seeded Dragons (10-13) to victory in a first round game of the MIAA C playoffs. Glenelg Country plays at Spalding today at 6 p.m.

Friends 51, Boys' Latin 43: Senior forward Paul Mason led all scorers with 28 points for the Quakers (10-13) in the MIAA B Conference quarterfinals. Friends travels to meet St. Paul's 5: 30 p.m. today.

Pub Date: 2/19/97

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