Patterson nips Northern in 4A North semifinal Surprising Forest Park makes it to 1A North finale

Basketball roundup

March 06, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Kwame Edwards scored a game-high 30 points and Nathaniel Mercer added 13 to lead Patterson past Northern, 77-74, in a Class 4A North region semifinal game at Poly last night.

The Clippers (11-11) will play No. 3 Mervo -- a 57-49 winner over No. 2 Southern yesterday -- for the regional championship at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Poly.

Edwards broke a 66-66 tie with 2: 36 left with a three-point play. Mercer followed with a layup, then Damian Richburg (11 points) hit a free throw, giving Patterson a 72-66 lead with 1: 27 remaining.

Patterson had a 76-71 lead with 12 seconds left when Mohammed Smith's three-pointer brought Northern within 76-74 with five seconds remaining. After a free throw by Mercer gave the Clippers a three-point cushion, Robert Montgomery's desperation three-pointer fell short for Northern.

"I think we played a sound defensive game," said Patterson coach Larry Alexander, whose team will be playing in its first regional final. "We gave them few good looks at the basket. They were able to get some looks but we were able to control the boards."

Forest Park 65, Hereford 39: Senior Shawn Waller had his first triple double of the season with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 steals to lead the Foresters (5-15) to a a 1A North semifinal win over the Bulls (14-11).

Luke Gilbert led Hereford with 16 points.

Forest Park, which only had two wins coming into the ZTC tournament, will play the regional finals against the Rising Sun-Bohemian Manor winner tomorrow.

Stephen Decatur 87, Poly 71: Keith Becketts scored 27 points, 12 in the final quarter, leading Stephen Decatur (15-10) past host Poly (9-15) in a Class 2A East semifinal game. Stephen Decatur will play No. 1 Dunbar for the regional championship.

Kenwood 64, Eastern Tech 63, OT: Chris Bell's three-pointer with 18 seconds left in overtime proved to be the game-winner as the Bluebirds (17-7) advanced to the Class 3A North regional finals. Manny Robinson chipped in 14 points and Bobby Tumminello 12 for Kenwood.

The Mavericks forced the extra period after Jake Hensler converted two free throws with three seconds left in regulation.

Kenwood will be host to Aberdeen tomorrow at a time be determined.

Joppatowne 67, Towson 60: The Mariners shot 17-for-22 from the line in the fourth quarter to hold off a comeback by the Generals (6-16) and move on in Class 2A North. Towson scored 31 points in the fourth quarter to make the game close.

Senior Anthony Brooks had 22 points and senior Mario Tatum poured in 17 for Joppatowne.

The Mariners will play Edgewood in the region final tomorrow.

Aberdeen 73, Fallston 52: The Eagles (20-4) led 21-10 after the first quarter and never looked back as they moved on in Class 3A North with a semifinal win over the visiting Cougars.

Senior E.J. Henderson had 12 points and 14 rebounds and sophomore Chuck Faison contributed 12 points for Aberdeen.

The Eagles play at Kenwood in the final tomorrow.

City 55, Carver 47: The Knights (14-11) made seven of nine free throws in the fourth quarter to defeat the Cavaliers (12-12) and earn a spot in the Class 3A East final. City will play host to Carver in the finals tomorrow. Senior Kyle Pompey hit for a game-high 15 points, including three three-pointers, and had four steals and six rebounds to pace City.

Pub Date: 3/06/98

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