Pikesville secures another title shot

Panthers top Brunswick for 17th win in row, 64-54

Boys 1A state semifinals

High Schools

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

COLLEGE PARK -- Clement Sorgho scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Anthony Braver and Lance Fair contributed 18 points each to send 12th-ranked Pikesville to its second straight Class 1A state title game, 64-54, over Brunswick of Frederick County yesterday at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House.

Braver scored 10 points, seven from the free-throw line, in the final period, and Sorgho had a 10-point first-period to go with an eight-point third for the Panthers (24-2), whose 17th straight win ended a nine-game winning streak by Brunswick (23-3).

Pikesville and Crisfield (24-2) meet at Cole at 1 p.m. today for the title.

"Last year, it was enough just getting there, but this time it won't be," said the 6-foot-4 Sorgho, a member of last year's runner-up to North Dorchester. "We've got to win. It's mandatory."

FOR THE RECORD - Pikesville basketball player Andrew Braver was misidentified in an article in yesterday's editions. The Sun regrets the errors.

Pikesville, a 32-27 leader at halftime yesterday, led by as many as 15 points in the third period and took a 10-point lead, 47-37, into the fourth.

But the Railroaders got back into it by continually going to Mike Dykes, a 6-foot-5, 325-pound wide body who scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half to go with seven rebounds and three blocked shots.

Brunswick pulled within 47-43 after Dykes' three-point play with 5: 45 to play and 50-47 with 3: 33 left after Dykes scored on an assist from Zack Borden (11 points, three steals).

Pikesville then came up empty during four straight trips up the floor, but Brunswick two straight three-point attempts by Brunswick also rimmed out.

The Panthers finally pulled away with a 9-0 run, capped by Fair's fast-break lay-up off a feed from Sorgho, who had just blocked a shot. That gave Pikesville a 59-47 lead with 40 seconds left.

"The game was there for the taking. We just had to calm down, take advantage of them in transition," Sorgho said.

Referring to Dykes' 7-of-10 field-goal shooting, Fair said: "We knew we couldn't keep letting them go to the big guy, because his shots were going in. We wanted to use our speed, beat them in transition, not let them use their half-court game."

Roscoe Dorsey had 13 each in points and rebounds for Brunswick, which trailed 18-12 after a first-period during which Pikesville led 8-0 early.

That game-opening run began with Fair's tip-in and ended with Sorgho's put-back of a miss by Braver.

Pikesville also scored the first eight points of the second period, capped by Braver's consecutive three-pointers, for a 26-12 lead with 6: 33 left in the half.

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