D.C. stars sweep Parkway basketball

Balto. boys bow by 5

girls lose by 78-66

High Schools

July 15, 2000|By Kevin B. Howell | Kevin B. Howell,SUN STAFF

In a entertaining and thrilling all-star game, Baltimore and Washington boys' basketball all-star teams went down to the wire at Poly-Western High School in the second annual Baltimore-Washington Parkway Classic.

With under a minute remaining, Washington led by one. Washington guard Chakob Hicks (Spingarn) was called for a backcourt violation, giving Baltimore a chance for the lead. However, Lamont Keaton (Walbrook) turned the ball over on two straight possesions, and Washington pulled away for a 127-122 victory.

Washington forward Deon Walker (Dunbar) had 23 points before being ejected late in the second half. Hicks was named Washington's most valuable player. Northwestern guard Gordy Clark was Baltimore's MVP.

The Washingtonians came to Baltimore ready to tear down the rims with a dunk-fest. Referees didn't cooperate, though, meting out five technical fouls and ejecting one player for hanging on the rim.

Deon Saunders (Spingarn), a forward headed to American University, was ejected with 4:45 left in the first half. The loss of Saunders let Baltimore to gain momentum, creep back into the game, and trail by only three at halftime.

However, Washington's size and athleticism took over in the second half, resulting a lead as high as 14 at one point.

Baltimore rallied but never gained the lead, falling to 0-2 in the Parkway Classic.

With only two days of practice, the Washington girls all-stars defeated the Baltimore girls team, 78-66.

Forward Yashida Sidberry (Anacostia) won MVP honors for Washington with a game-high 18 points - all in the second half.

"I didn't play to well in the first half," said Sidberry, who will attend Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. "I wanted to show the people of Baltimore that I could play."

All-Metro center Lakesha Wills (Coppin State) from Dunbar led the Baltimoreans with 16 points and won MVP for the losing team. Western center Tyecia Powell, headed to UMBC, scored 15.

Hurt by turnovers and sloppy play, Baltimore had problems keeping up with Washington in the second half.

Baltimore coach Wardell Selby was vocal all game, barking orders at his players.

The team stepped up the defense after a half-time talk from Selby and focused on getting the ball to Wills, who went scoreless in the first half.

Stephanie Tolbert (Western) added 16 points, 12 points in the second half, including three three-pointers. Washington point guard Antionette Reese (Woodson) had nine points and impressed the D.C. faithful with her no-look passes and cross-over dribbling.

Washington girls are now 2-0 against Baltimore in the Parkway Classic.

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