With taste for states, City romps Knights pound Carver, 91-64, for 3A East crown

Boys basketball

March 08, 1998|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The City Knights didn't pick a bad night to play their best game of the season.

Facing a Carver team that they barely squeaked by earlier in the season, the host Knights shot 59 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Bears, 49-20, in fashioning a 91-64 rout last night in the Class 3A East region final.

"We rose to the occasion today," said City coach Daryl Wade, whose Knights (15-11) advance in the tournament to the Class 3A state semifinals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House.

There City will face the winner of last night's game between Thomas Johnson and Richard Montgomery on Thursday at 3 p.m.

City, which has also defeated Northeast, Wilde Lake and Calvert the playoffs, will be making its second straight trip to the state semifinals.

"The kids had a taste of College Park last year," said Wade. "They wanted to prove they could get back."

This one was never in doubt.

The Knights broke out to a 9-0 lead in the first 2: 43 and never looked back, extending their lead to 46-19 by early in the second half.

Led by 6-foot-6 center Austin Baker (23 points) and forwards Dominic Fulcher (14) and Warren Smith (11), City widened its advantage to as many as 31 points in the second half.

"We just got really pumped up in the locker room," said Baker, who Carver could not stop in the paint. "We went last year, and we just wanted to get back where we were."

The lone bright spot for Carver (9-14) was the play of guard Miguel Wilson, who scored a game-high 32 points on the heels of Thursday's triple-double against Northern of Calvert.

Otherwise, the night was a dismal one for the sophomore-dominated Bears, who had three players foul out before the end of the third quarter.

For City, there was no such problems. The only blemish on the Knights' performance was 20-for-37 foul shooting, something Wade vows to work on.

Wade said he loves his team's character, an aspect he feels will help it at College Park.

"We are not a great basketball team," said Wade, "but those kids play hard, listen very well and do everything I ask of them."

Pub Date: 3/08/98

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