City eliminates champion Bulldogs Harwood squad fades to deeper, bigger Knights

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 defending champion Southern, 61-53, in the Class 2A East Region semifinal in Harwood last night.

Smith threw it up and Goode reached up and put it in too often for Southern's own good.

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

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

One more victory gives City its first trip to the University of Maryland's Cole Field House for the state playoffs.

Smith, an All-Metro wide receiver in football, was the spark. His night featured five points, 10 rebounds, 10 steals and eight assists to control the perimeter. Presence and leadership-plus is what Smith also gives and is what doesn't show up in the scorebook, but leads to victory.

Goode was the man inside with game-high totals of 25 points (16 in first half), 15 rebounds and five blocked shots. The big guy was intimidating at times and when he would show signs of losing his cool, Smith would be right there to calm the storm.

Jeff Crandell bagged 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Will Maynard scored 10 to go with five boards 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 dragging 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 south 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 was the closest the Dogs would get the rest of way.

City doubled up on its 27-24 halftime to take a 39-33 lead ito the last period. Goode posted up for 16 of his points in the first half then asserted himself more on the boards in the second half by grabbing 10 of his 15 rebounds.

"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, and he did a good job catching it."

Scott Rooney was the tallest Bulldog at 6-3 on a team with mostly 6-1 and below height overall. Rooney managed two points and seven rebounds while 6-2 Richard Yates scored eight and pulled down six rebounds.

Southern started denying Goode in the last eight minutes (only had two points), but Omar Smith fired in a trio of threes and scored 12 of his points while Warren Smith came up with his final two steals.

"Warren Smith was just coming off the football field the first time we played them, and wasn't in basketball shape," said Wade. "That was the difference tonight, but that's not to take anything away from Southern.

"I've got a lot of respect for him [Albright] and his program down here."

Southern girls romp

Southern-Harwood (12-10) raced out to a 30-9 halftime lead and went on to a 51-31 romp over City of Baltimore in the Class 2A East semifinals yesterday.

Southern plays the winner of today's South River-Stephen Decatur for the region title Saturday.

Lindsey Lowman paced the Bulldogs with 12 points (10 in the third period) and had seven of the team's 26 steals. Point guard Tiffany Neal scored nine points, had six steals and led in rebounds with 12, followed by 10 from Alicia Groveston.

Southern dominated on the boards with 53 rebounds.

City was led by Rolynda Contee's 13 points and 11 by Candice Johnson.

Pub Date: 3/06/97

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