Superior Gwynn Park ousts No. 15 Edmondson

Yellow Jackets advance to title game, 76-58

Boys 2A state semifinal

High Schools

March 11, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Pete Pompey's return to University of Maryland's Cole Field House didn't quite compare to his first trip.

Pompey's No. 15 Edmondson boys basketball team lost to Gwynn Park of Prince George's County last night in the Class 2A state semifinals, 76-58, and the 15-year coach left feeling as though his Redskins had met the best team in the classification.

"If the game would have lasted for only one quarter, we'd have been all right. And if there's a better team, I'd like to see them," said Pompey, whose 282-121 record includes a state championship at Cole Field House with Dunbar in 1993. "They have great height, and a lot of weapons -- just a whole lot of ways to hurt you."

Although his Redskins (12-11) never gave up, they were done in by the Yellow Jackets' superior height, perimeter shooting, depth (nine different players scored) and at least an equal amount of speed, as the Washington area's 10th-ranked team raced to victory.

Kieron Posey (21 points), Eddie Colbert (16) and Danny Dixon (10) led Edmondson, which made its first five shots and scored the first seven points of the game.

Edmondson led after one quarter, 14-13, but never led again after Charles Ford (game-high 24 points) made his second of five three-pointers to make it 16-14.

His cousin, 6-foot-9 Sherrod Ford, grabbed 19 rebounds and scored 14 points, and Seth Mitchell added 12 points for Gwynn Park (21-5), which faces No. 7 Aberdeen (25-1), a 61-56 winner over Fort Hill, at 6 p.m. in the 2A state title game.

Pompey was believed to be on the verge of becoming Maryland's first coach to take football and basketball teams to a state title game during the same calendar year.

Last fall, Pompey guided the Edmondson football team to a 2A state runner-up finish and a No. 2 area ranking. The basketball team made Pompey the state's first coach to have taken both the football and basketball squads to regional titles during the same calendar year.

Edmondson was coming off an upset of city rival Dunbar, a school at which Pompey had coached both sports, in the Class 2A North region title game. The Redskins' win denied the six-time state champion Poets a trip to the state semifinals for the first time since city schools joined the state association in 1993.

Tied at 18, Gwynn Park demonstrated an explosive outside game that included four three-pointers during a 14-2 run that resulted in a 32-20 halftime lead.

Consecutive three-pointers put the Yellow Jackets up by six with 2: 34 left in the half, and a fourth, this one from 6-5 Steve Washington with 1: 11 remaining, stretched Gwynn Park's lead to 12 and demonstrated Gwynn Park's ability to match the Redskins on the perimeter.

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