Randallstown pursues prize 51-48 win over Broadneck gives Rams another shot at Woodlawn and title

Wes Unseld Tournament

December 28, 1997|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In four seasons, Randallstown coach Kim Rivers has guided his team to a state title in 1995, three state semifinals and three Baltimore County championships.

But something is missing from his impressive resume: a Wes Unseld Tournament title.

The No. 2 Rams earned another opportunity to secure that championship as they defeated Broadneck, 51-48, in a tournament semifinal last night at Catonsville Community College.

For the second consecutive year, the championship game will be an all-Baltimore County showdown between Randallstown and Woodlawn. The Rams will meet the defending tournament champion Warriors at 8 p.m. tomorrow.

No. 11 Woodlawn advanced with a 68-60 victory over Baltimore County rival Milford Mill last night.

In addition to losing last year's championship game, the Rams' ++ tournament frustrations include an upset by Old Mill in the opening round of the 1994 tourney. It was the team's only loss on the way to the state Class 3A championship.

Last night, the Rams needed two free throws by Demon Brown with 8.9 seconds remaining and a miss by Janell Gray of Broadneck on a game-tying three-point attempt at the buzzer to avert another Unseld disappointment.

"Our kids are not as focused as they should be," Rivers said. "I thought after playing Douglass and Southwestern, we were fine-tuned coming into the tournament. But we're still playing sloppy basketball."

Brown scored a team-high 15 points for Randallstown (8-0) and Kareem Holmes scored 13. Earl Downs scored a game-high 16 for Broadneck (2-4) and Tremayne Williams scored 13.

After building a 42-32 lead with 5: 46 remaining in the game, Randallstown couldn't put away Broadneck, a program that has won an Unseld tournament-record five championships.

The Bruins were down 47-40 with 2: 03 remaining, but got a three-pointer by Downs with 53.7 seconds remaining.

T.J. Stallings converted two of four free throws to push Randallstown's lead to 49-43 before Downs hit another three-pointer to cut the margin in half with 28.1 seconds left.

After Broadneck's Jeff Logan scored off of a miss by Gray to making it a one-point game, Brown was fouled on the ensuing inbounds play and made both free throws.

The Bruins then rushed the ball upcourt, but Gray's three-point attempt hit off the back of the rim.

"It's December and wins and losses are going to come," Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek said. "What you look for is effort, and I think our effort the last two nights has been excellent."

Woodlawn 68, Milford Mill 60: Damon Garris led Woodlawn with a game-high 23 points and Gabriel Brooks scored 19. Anton Word led Milford Mill (6-1) with 17 and Ray Akinola scored 12.

Garris and Brooks, both seniors, carried the Warriors in the final period, combining for 21 of Woodlawn's 26 points.

Garris, a 6-foot-3 forward, got the Warriors rolling in the fourth, converting a three-point play to break a tie at 45 with 5: 18 remaining. Brooks then made a three-pointer from the corner to expand the lead.

The inside dominance of Garris continued, as he scored off a miss by Garry Neverdon, then followed up a miss by Arnold Coates to make it a 55-46 game with 2: 45 to play.

In consolation games, Jamar Wise scored a game-high 19 and Eric Gertanson added 15, leading Hammond past Catonsville, 60-46. Old Mill (4-2) defeated Edmondson (1-5), 48-38. Lance Guillermo and Tim Smith led Old Mill with eight points each. Danny Dixon and Michael Jones scored 10 apiece to carry Edmondson.

Pub Date: 12/28/97

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