Southern completes sweep with victory over Newport, 56-50

M. Scott scores 25, named event's boys MVP

No. 8 Dunbar wins

Mayor's Academy Tournament

January 09, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Junior guard Melvin Scott scored a game-high 25 points, including four straight free throws in the final 1: 30, to help the Southern Bulldogs (7-3) defeat Newport Prep, 56-50, for their second win in two nights in the fourth annual Mayor's Academy Basketball Tournament at Coppin State.

Scott's free throws broke a 46-46 tie and gave No. 6 Southern the lead for good.

Scott, who scored 46 points in the two games, accepted tournament MVP honors from Baltimore City Mayor Martin O'Malley.

"Melvin is a tremendous player and tremendous human being," said Southern coach Meredith Smith of his 6-foot-2 junior. "He's one of the best we've had at Southern and potentially could end up being the best."

The veteran Smith has had only two freshman starters at Southern in 20 years, Scott and 6-6 John Salley, who played in the 80s.

Behind 20-10 at the end of the first period last night, the Bulldogs came roaring back to take a 26-25 lead at the break on Scott's third three-pointer of the second period.

The go-ahead three came with 57 seconds left in the half, setting the stage for a wild finish before intermission. James White, who led Newport of Kensington, with 18 points, missed an easy dunk with 10 seconds left in the half. Racing down the other end, Scott rimmed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.

Southern took a 37-33 lead with 2: 31 left in the third period on a three-pointer by Scott's sophomore brother, William Scott, and upped it to 38-34 on a free throw by Kevon Johnson (seven points).

A basket by White made it 38-36 with a minute to go in the third period.

Melvin Scott's jumper with 10 seconds left enabled the Bulldogs to take a 40-36 lead.

There were four ties in the last period before Scott's pair from the line with 1: 31 remaining gave Southern the lead for good at 48-46.

Darshaw Luckey, a 6-4 junior who finished with 16 points for Southern, had tied the game at 46.

"I was pleased we won again, but not absolutely satisfied in terms of execution," said Smith.

It was high-touted Newport Prep's (8-8) second loss in two days, the other to No. 8 Dunbar, by 86-74 Friday night.

"We've really been struggling," said Newport coach Chris Chaney, who played at Southern-Harwood in Anne Arundel County during the 1980s. "We graduated three Division-I players and started out with a young team that hasn't responded."

No. 8 Dunbar 59, Ben Franklin (Pa.) 50: Calvin Dotson led three Poets in double figures with 15 points, as Dunbar won its second game in the tournament. Darryl Dorsey and Kenneth Minor chipped in with 12 and 11 points each for the winners who played without head coach Lynn Badham.

Badham's mother died this week and assistant coach Erik "Smiley" Lee ran the team in Badham's absence.

No. 13 Lake Clifton 58, Paul Robeson (N.Y.) 38: Taking a 37-32 lead into the final period, Lake Clifton outscored the Brooklyn visitors 21-6 in the last eight minutes to post the victory. Aaron Cook paced the Lakers (5-5) with a game-high 18 points, followed by Tyrone Burns (17) and Kenneth Baker (13).

Strawberry Mansion (Pa.) 62, City 61: A tip-in at the buzzer by Donnell Jones gave Strawberry Mansion the one-point victory over the Knights.

Jones' game-winning bucket came after Jermaul Akanbi (23 points) laid one in to give City a 61-60 lead with 14 seconds left.

Todd Galloway led City (4-5) with 27 points.

Walbrook 81, Edmondson 50: In the first game, the No. 20 Warriors rolled to their second triumph at the Mayor's Academy with a second-half assault.

Trailing 26-21 at intermission, Walbrook (9-1) outscored Edmondson, 59-24, in the final 16 minutes. Junior Daevon Haskins scored 25 of his game-high 27 in the second half for the Warriors.

Danny Dixon led the Redskins (4-6) with 18. Tavon Peters contributed 17 for Walbrook.

No. 14 Randallstown 69, Einstein 46: The Rams (9-1) extended their winning streak to nine games, routing winless Einstein (0-9) of Montgomery County.

Junior guard Antoine Jordan led all scorers with 14 points for Randallstown.

Barry Smith and Aaron Hutchinson each added 13 for the Rams.

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