City ousts champion Southern-AA Depth, Smith's guidance give Knights 61-53 victory

Class 2A/Boys basketball

March 06, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Junior guard Warren Smith was all over the court, and 7-foot, 340-pound sophomore Derek Goode was very good in the paint, as City downed host and defending region champion Southern-AA, 61-53, in the Class 2A East Region semifinal last night.

City (14-9) advances to Friday's region final, hosting Wicomico, which beat Poly (88-61) in last night's other semifinal.

It was City' second win over Southern at the Harwood school this season. The Knights beat the Bulldogs (11-12) by a point in the second game of the season.

Smith, an All-Metro wide receiver in football, was the spark with a eye-grabbing floor game featuring five points, 10 rebounds, 10 steals and eight assists to control the perimeter.

Goode had game-high totals of 25 points (16 in first half), 15 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Jeff Crandell scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Will Maynard scored 10 to go with five rebounds for the Bulldogs.

"We just couldn't handle them inside. That was the difference," said Southern coach Tom Albright. "We couldn't stop their big guy inside, even switching defenses. The heart was there, but the tank was empty at the end."

Albright's latter remark was in relation to City using 12-13 players while the host team pretty much went with eight players -- and was tired in the final period.

"We've won the last eight games using a lot of people," said City coach Daryl Wade, son of former Dunbar and Maryland coach Bob Wade, who made the trip to southern Anne Arundel County to watch his son's team play.

"It's been pretty successful, and that's why I stuck with it, rotating in and rotating out."

The fresh legs became a factor in the final eight minutes of a game that never saw more than a six-point lead separating the teams until back-to-back threes by Omar Smith (16 points, two steals) gave the Knights a 55-44 lead (first double-digit lead of game) with 3: 11 left.

A pair of free throws by Josh Booth with 48 seconds remaining making it City by 57-51, but it was the closest the Dogs would get the rest of way.

"We did a real good job getting the ball inside to Derek," said Wade. "They tried to deny him the ball, but they weren't as big inside, and we just lobbed the ball over top of them. He did a good job catching it."

Pub Date: 3/06/97

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