Randallstown rambles as Brown scores 39 to top Douglass, 83-78 Rams face Southwestern, an easy tourney winner

Boys basketball

December 13, 1997|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Playing against and with each other in various summer and recreation leagues, Douglass guard Charles Harris and Randallstown's Demon Brown have become close friends.

That friendship had to be put on hold last night as their respective teams met in the first round of the Randallstown Tournament.

With some help from his No. 7-ranked western Baltimore County teammates, Brown was able hold off Harris and the No. 10-ranked Ducks for an 83-78 victory -- Randallstown's season-opener -- before a capacity crowd.

The Rams, the tourney's defending champion, will meet No. 5-ranked Southwestern for the championship at 6 o'clock tonight. The Sabers defeated Arundel, 80-41, in the other first-round game.

In the Randallstown-Douglass game, Brown, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, led all scorers with 39 points, 27 of them in the second half. T.J. Stallings added 14.

Harris led Douglass (1-2) with 38 points, and Dominic Little added 14.

With the Rams clinging to a 77-73 lead, Gerald Banton hit a three-pointer with 37 seconds remaining, pushing Randallstown's lead to 80-73. Brown later added three free throws to secure the victory.

"Everybody stepped up tonight," said Brown, a first-team All-Metro pick last season. "It's about everyone contributing, and if we can do that, we can get a lot of victories."

With the game tied at 58 after three quarters, Randallstown TC scored the first six points of the final period as Brown scored on a layup and hit two free throws. Harris got the Ducks back to within 64-62 on consecutive layups.

The Rams built the lead back up to 68-62 before Douglass edged to within three, but Brown hit a three-pointer for a 71-65 lead with 3: 29 remaining in the game.

It was 77-73 after a layup by Lance Dailey of Douglass, but with the Rams looking to run down some clock, Banton surprised the home crowd by draining the three-pointer, giving Randallstown its largest lead of the night.

"We've been going through some growing pains," said Randallstown coach Kim Rivers. "Hopefully, this first one will set the tone for the season."

The showcase game between two of the area's top 10 teams was expected to be a duel between Harris, who scored 50 points in a game last season, and Brown, who many believe is the area's best guard.

Both players, however, had their share of problems in the opening 16 minutes. Harris picked up three fouls, and Brown shot four of 12 from the field.

Harris, who scored 11 in the first half, had six in helping the Ducks to an early 11-7 lead. The Rams gained the lead at 17-16 after one period on a jumper by Brown.

Within the first minute of the second quarter, Harris picked up his third foul and sat on the bench for the remainder of the quarter, but Douglass still led 30-27 with 2: 20 remaining in the first half.

Randallstown responded with a 10-0 run to take a 37-30 lead, aided by six points from Stallings and six consecutive turnovers by Douglass. The Rams led by 37-32 at halftime.

"We just made too many turnovers too night," said Harris, a senior. "Give Randallstown credit. They are a good team, but we're a little short-handed right now."

Sabers look sharp

In the opening game, junior guard Terrell Dantzler scored 19 points and Artie Neal contributed 12 as the Sabers rolled to their 29th victory in their last 30 games, dating back to last season's state Class 4A championship run.

The Sabers started slowly, but went on a 33-2 run to take a 36-6 lead late in the first half. Southwestern's lead never fell beyond 30 points the rest of the way. Rodney Farmer led Arundel (1-1) with 14 points.

Pub Date: 12/13/97

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