Southern, Dunbar advance, but Sabers and Lake Clifton fall Curry shines for Bulldogs

Poets hold off New Yorkers

Mayor's ++ Academy tournament

January 10, 1998|By Lem Satterfield and Derek Toney

Emil Curry scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half -- nine in the third quarter -- as No. 3-ranked Southern-Balto. downed Abraham Lincoln (N.Y.), 68-53, in the Mayor's Academy Tournament at Coppin State College yesterday.

Southern and No. 1 ranked Dunbar were triumphant for Baltimore while Southwestern and Lake Clifton fell victims to visitors from the North in the tournament, which continues today.

In Southern's win, the 6-foot-2 Curry also had 11 rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block.

Curry got plenty of help from teammate Melvin Scott, who was 10-for-11 from the foul-line and had 20 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals.

Lincoln (6-2) was carried by 10 first-period points from Eric King (18 points overall) and led 16-11 after the first period, but Isaiah Johnson limited King to three points over the second and third periods.

The 6-foot-6 Johnson had a big game for the Bulldogs in other ways, too, scoring 12 points, pulling in a dozen rebounds, blocking four shots, dishing four assists, and stealing the ball twice.

The Bulldogs came alive with balanced scoring and solid defense to out-score the Railsplitters 16-2 in the second period for a 27-18 halftime lead.

No. 1 Dunbar 63, Paul Robeson (N.Y.) 53: Tim Lyles scored 13 of his 23 points in the decisive second period, 6-foot-5 teammate Dontaz Dean had 11 points and eight rebounds, and 6-6 Jamal Brown scored 14 points, had 13 rebounds and blocked seven blocked shots for Dunbar in yesterday's last game.

The Eagles (8-5), of New York, closed to 50-48 with 2: 24 to play, but Larry Tucker scored four of his six fourth-quarter points in an 13-3 run, with four from Derek Jones (six points), and two each from Dean and Brown -- the latter being his second dunk.

With 3: 16 left, Lyles and the Eagles' Maurice Sherrod were ejected after exhanging shoves.

Robeson's Kenyatta Brown had a team-high 18 points, including two three-pointers.

Dunbar, Class 3A state runner-up last year, led 33-21 at halftime. During the first period, Brown scored seven points, including on 5-for-7 free throw shooting.

Strawberry Mansion (Pa.) 76, No. 7 Southwestern 63: Down 22 points in the fourth quarter, Southwestern got to within seven but then fell short.

Southwestern's Ronald Gray, who scored a game-high 25 points, spearheaded the Sabers' (4-4) last-ditch rally, which brought the team within 67-60 with 1: 55 to go. He hit 16 points, including three consecutive three-pointers.

But the Sabers were then assessed a technical foul, and the north Philadelphians (8-7) scored the next seven points, six by Lanier Bradshaw, who finished with 21, to put the game out of reach.

"We missed a lot of shots at the beginning of the game," said Southwestern interim coach Vernon Joines. "We missed at least four layups in the first half, and it was just a coincidental game."

The Sabers, who meet No. 8 Mervo at 4: 15 p.m. today, played from behind for most of the game, trailing 43-24 at halftime and by as many as 24 in the third quarter.

HTC Franklin Learning (Pa.) 59, No. 9 Lake Clifton 55, OT: Cameron Milton scored six of his team-high 14 points in overtime as Franklin Learning Center of Philadelphia topped No. 9 Lake Clifton.

With the game tied at 51, Milton hit the front end of an one-and-one, then missed the second but Charles Pringle grabbed the rebound and put the ball back in, giving the North Philadelphia club a 54-51 lead with 2: 32 remaining.

Milton captured a Lake Clifton pass and took it in for a layup and a 56-51 advantage. In the overtime, the Lakers turned the ball over three times and struggled in the half-court.

"We didn't move the ball the way we should," said Lake Clifton coach Herman Harried. "Not to take anything away from Franklin -- they're a good team -- but we didn't move the ball as well as we should have and didn't get any open looks."

Junior forward/guard Kevin Smith led Lake Clifton (4-4) with a game-high 27 points, and Rodney Bass added 19.

Bass brought Lake Clifton even at 49 with a three-point play with 1: 29 remaining in regulation. Both teams missed scoring opportunities and the game was sent into overtime.

Milton opened the overtime session with two free throws. Smith responded for the Lakers with a scoop shot off the glass, but later fouled Milton. Milton hit the first, then missed the second, but Pringle followed up.

Pringle finished with 14 points as Reggie Bullock led Franklin Learning Center with 16 points.

Pub Date: 1/10/98

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