Oxon Hill grabs prize at last, 60-42

Clippers top Q. Orchard, end 2 years of frustration

Boys 4A state final

March 12, 2000|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLLEGE PARK -- Oxon Hill of Prince George's County ended two years of championship game frustrations, defeating Montgomery County's Quince Orchard, 60-42, to win the state Class 4A title at Cole Field House last night.

Michael Sweetney led Oxon Hill (24-3) with a game-high 23 points and 12 rebounds. Phil Goss contributed 18. Javon Saulter led Quince Orchard (24-3), ranked No. 5 in the Washington area, with 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds.

It's the first state championship for Oxon Hill, ranked No. 3 in the Washington area. The Clippers defeated the area's No. 2 team Southern-Balto., 55-44, in Thursday's semifinals.

In last year's 4A final, Lake Clifton beat the Clippers on a tip-in at the buzzer. The year before, Gaithersburg of Montgomery County outlasted Oxon Hill in five overtimes, the longest game in state championship history.

The Clippers left nothing to chance last night against Quince Orchard. Oxon Hill scored the game's first nine points in building a 33-22 halftime advantage.

QUINCE ORCHARD -- Navarro 5, Rector 8, Saulter 12, Pope 6, Frazier 6, Bremer 3, Mason 2. Totals 17 3-5 42.

OXON HILL -- Reaves 3, Sweetney 23, Goss 18, Artis 8, Butler 2, Jackson 2, Miller 2, Payton 2. Totals 23 10-16 60. Half: OH 33-22.

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