City, Dunbar bring home victories from Balt.-Wash. Classic Baltimore teams split in inaugural tournament

Boys basketball

December 07, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The picture of City coach Daryl Wade receiving his game-winning plaque from his father, Baltimore City coordinator of athletics Bob Wade was priceless.

But losses by two of Baltimore's four teams nearly proved costly in yesterday's inaugural Baltimore-Washington Classic at Coolidge High's Williams Field House in Northwest D.C.

City's 58-49 victory over Eastern (0-2) was the first of two wins by Baltimore teams. The other, No. 1 Dunbar's 58-55 victory over an Anacostia team ranked No. 3 in The Washington Post, provided enough of a point-differential to tie the Baltimore and Washington contingents for the event's trophy. Baltimore got to bring home the prize by winning a coin flip.

A collaboration between the cities' athletic directors, Wade and Dr. Allen Chin for Washington, the tournament will come to Baltimore next year at a location to be determined.

Jamal Brown scored 25 points to lead Dunbar to victory. Tim Lyles added 24 points for the Poets, including two three-pointers. He also made 12 of his 13 free throws.

"There's pressure every time we play, but particularly with this being the first game for us and the first time a lot of our players have been in a game of this magnitude," said Daryl Wade, whose Knights (1-0) were class 2A state semifinalists last season.

"It's good for our kids to participate in a rivalry like this 40-minutes away," he said. "This was a showcase to let people know there's basketball talent in other places besides New York and Philadelphia."

Defending Class 4A state champion Southwestern (0-1), ranked No. 5 by The Sun but playing without star guard Earl Carr (out for disciplinary reasons), lost 50-48, on a buzzer-beating layup by Eric Johnson (24 points) of Cardozo (1-1) with two seconds left.

A 71-56 winner over No. 3 Lake Clifton (0-1), Coolidge was led by 6-foot-5 junior Derrick Payne (25 points, six rebounds, three blocks). Payne had among his five dunks a steal to a reverse dunk, and another off an alley-op pass.

Coolidge (2-1) added to a 34-32 halftime lead by outscoring the Lakers 17-6 early in the third period. The Lakers' 6-5 freshman Kevin Smith had 15 of his 19 points in the first half. He also finished with three assists, two steals and one block.

Southwestern trailed 27-18 at the half, pulled to within 36-31 after three periods and led three times in the fourth quarter. They tied the game at 46 with 1: 28 left, and at 48 with 33 seconds left.

Lake Clifton was led by Marcus Oliver (18 points), Ronald Gray (12), Chris Green (eight) and Terrell Dantzler (six).

"Our kids can flat-out play better than they did, but you didn't see that. Tonight, they didn't do what I asked them to do," said Sabers coach Terry Leverett, who expects Carr to return on Tuesday.

Only a junior, Carr keyed last year's 27-0 No. 1-ranked squad and has such programs as Richmond and Villanova after him. "I'm glad we got back in the game. Minus Earl Carr, we played all right," said Leverett.

City's 19-for-23 free-throw shooting and all-out hustle was the difference in the Knights' game.

The Knights' 6-4, 190-pound Warren Smith had the best overall performance with nine points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. A two-time All-Metro football player, Smith is being recruited for that sport by Maryland, N.C. State and Pittsburgh.

Dominic Fulcher finished with a team-high 12 points for City. He also contributed with five rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. Senior guards Kenny Carter (nine points, three rebounds, three assists) and Kyle Pompey (10 points) also pitched in.

"We were a little nervous, this being our first game," Warren Smith. "We hustled a whole lot, got down on the floor and got some knee-burns. We had some aspects of our game that didn't quite come together, but we know that we'll get it back later on."

Pub Date: 12/07/97

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