State tournament previews

Boys basketball

March 09, 2000|By Lem Satterfield

Class 3A

No. 13 Randallstown (22-3) vs. Northern-Calvert (18-7)

When: 5 p.m. today

Where: University of Maryland, Cole Field House

Outlook: Randallstown looks to duplicate its 1994-95 championship. G Antoine Jordan averages 15.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 3.3 steals and 6-foot-6 Aaron Hutinson chips in with 14.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and five blocks for coach Kim Rivers' Baltimore County runners-up. Randallstown has won 10 of 11 and three straight. Northern, the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference co-champs, is averaging 52.8 points and 30.5 rebounds in winning eight straight. G Albert Rice, at 5-11, averages 15 points and 4.5 rebounds, is credited with a team-high 10 blocks, and hits 67 percent from the free-throw line. The Patriots lost two ventures into Anne Arundel County -- 71-58 to Glen Burnie and 54-39 to Southern-Harwood.

Class 4A

No. 2 Southern-Baltimore (20-5) vs. Oxon Hill (22-3)

When: 9 tonight

Where: University of Maryland, Cole Field House

Outlook: Coach Meredith Smith (380-132 in 19 seasons) and All-Metro guard Melvin Scott (25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists) go after the Bulldogs' fourth title since 1995-96. The Bulldogs, also champs in 1992-93 and 1993-94, also rely on 6-3 G Darshawn Luckey (18.8 points, 11 boards, 4.4 assists) and G Keyon Johnson (14, 4.8, 11.2). Oxon Hill is on a mission, however, having lost the last two state titles on last-second shots. The Clippers are on a 14-game winning streak, led by Georgetown-bound 6-9 C Michael Sweetney (19 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks), G Richard Little (eight assists a game), and 6-1 junior guards Lamar Butler, Justin Reaves and Phil Goss.

Class 1A

No. 12 Pikesville (23-2) vs. Brunswick (23-2)

When: 5 p.m. tomorrow

Where: University of Maryland, Cole Field House

Outlook: Pikesville and coach Craig Amos made their first state title-game appearance a season ago and want to be titlists, not runners-up, this time. The Panthers' 6-4 F Clement Sorgho, voted Player of the Year by county coaches, averages 19 points and nine rebounds, followed by G Lance Fair (17 points, eight rebounds) and G Andrew Braver (15 points). The Railroaders are making the sixth playoff appearance in school history. They last reached the title game in 1977. Balanced scoring from 6-5 Mike Dykes (11.3 points, 6.6 rebounds), 6-4 Roscoe Dorsey (11.2, 9.5) and 6-4 Willie McLane (10.4, four) have the Railroaders chugging into College Park on a nine-game win streak.

Class 2A

No. 7 Aberdeen (24-1) vs. Fort Hill (21-3)

When: 7 p.m. tomorrow night

Where: University of Maryland, Cole Field House

Outlook: Coach Richard Hart's Aberdeen Eagles take a seven-game winning streak into the school's 15th playoff appearance. Their last title came in 1976. Aberdeen is led by 6-5 F Jai Lewis (12.3 points, 13.5 rebounds), G Bill Guy (15.3 points), and Gary Neal (11.1 points, team-high 79 percent free-throw shooting). The Sentinels, from Cumberland, bring a six-game win streak, led by 6-4 F Jeremy Snyder (25.5 points, 10.2 rebounds), who also makes just under 90 percent of his free throws. Fort Hill is making its first semifinal appearance since 1973.

Class 2A

No. 15 Edmondson (12-10) vs. Gwynn Park (20-5)

When: 9 p.m. tomorrow night

Where: University of Maryland's Cole Field House

Outlook: Edmondson coach Pete Pompey, 282-120 for his career, is believed to be the first to coach football and basketball teams to regional titles during the same school year. Pompey also can become the first to take both teams to the state-title games. But that task is going to be difficult against Prince George's County power Gwynn Park, which has beaten McDonogh and lost close ones to Towson Catholic and Southern-Baltimore. Edmondson's top scorers are 6-4 F Kieron Posey (17 points, nine rebounds), 6-3 G Eddie Colbert (15 points, five) and 6-1 F Danny Dixon (14.9 points, nine rebounds). C Jayson Murphy (10 points, 12 rebounds), who is 6-3, will have his hands full with the Yellow Jackets' Division I prospect, 6-9 Sharrod Ford (15.7 points, 11.5 rebounds). Gwynn Park's Charles Ford has scored more than 1,000 career points.

Boys playoffs

State semifinals (At Univ. of Md. College Park)

Today

Class 4A

Meade vs. Quince Orchard, 7

Oxon Hill vs. Southern-BC, 9

Class 3A

Annapolis vs. Paint Branch, 3

Northern-Cal. vs. Randallstown, 5

Tomorrow

Class 2A

Aberdeen vs. Fort Hill, 7

Gwynn Park vs. Edmondson, 9

Class 1A

Crisfield vs. Williamsport, 3

Brunswick vs. Pikesville, 5

Finals

Saturday

Class 1A, 1 p.m.

Class 3A, 3 p.m.

Class 2A, 6 p.m.

Class 4A, 8 p.m.

Pub Date: 3/09/00

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