Aberdeen boys waylay powers for No. 3 ranking

Walbrook, St. Frances, Clifton fall against Eagles

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High Schools

January 04, 2001|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The Aberdeen boys basketball team has proven to be the giant stoppers of the Baltimore area this season.

The Eagles, who have ascended to the No. 3 ranking with an 8-1 record after last night's loss to C. Milton Wright, have beaten No. 4 Walbrook, No. 5 St. Frances and No. 6 Lake Clifton, using teamwork to counter frequent size disadvantages.

Last week, the defending Class 2A state champs from Harford County won their own tournament, edging Lake Clifton, 55-51, and Walbrook, 69-67. In the latter, Aberdeen's 6-foot-6 center, Jai Lewis, scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half, including seven in the final period, to go with 20 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Point guard Gary Neal, a 6-4 second-team All-Metro pick, scored 20 points, including his fourth three-pointer that gave the Eagles a permanent lead with three minutes left.

Lewis is averaging 16 points, 17 rebounds, three steals and four blocks; Neal is averaging 20 points and 4.6 assists. Teon Edwards, Jason Peterson and Tuggy Holmes, all 6-2, are critical in the Eagles' rotation.

Edwards is averaging 15 points and three assists; Peterson, 13 points, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals; and Holmes, eight rebounds and three steals. Erin Henderson, a 6-2 freshman, also contributes.

"As far as the team's success, we certainly were anticipating this to be a successful season with the leadership we have coming back. We had four of our top six players returning," said Aberdeen coach Robert Hart, whose Eagles will play No. 8 Dunbar and No. 1 Southern of Baltimore in the Jan. 18-20 Mayor's Basketball Academy Tournament.

"We're doing our best to stay focused on the challenges that exist prior to the Southern game, which includes a game at Edgewood," added Hart, referring to an Edgewood squad that boasts Jermaine Hancock, who is averaging 34 points. "We'll play the strong tradition of Dunbar the Friday before Southern. We're very aware of the exceptional talent on those teams. "

Snow dates

No. 5 St. Frances and No. 11 John Carroll will return to Wilmington, Del., on Jan. 14 to wrap up play in the Diamond State Classic girls basketball tournament. Last weekend's snowstorm forced postponement of the final day of competition at Caravel Academy.

St. Frances, coming off a 53-40 victory over Ursuline Academy (Del.), advanced to the championship of the Avon Cup, the top division of the three-tiered tournament. The Panthers will meet Germantown Academy (Pa.), which is ranked No. 10 in USA Today's national rankings, at 7 p.m. for the title.

John Carroll will meet Caesar Rodney (Del.) in the consolation game of the AIG Cup at 1 p.m. The Patriots dropped their opener to Padua Academy (Del.).

Eagles rebounding

After struggling through an 8-16 season a year ago, McDonogh's girls basketball team is on the rebound. The Eagles need just one more win to match their total for all of last season.

A winning performance at last week's Holly & Hoops tournament gives coach Katie Cooper plenty to be happy about. The Eagles (7-2) got 20 points from senior guard Katie Nelson in the opening-round victory over C. Milton Wright, the defending Harford County champion.

In the 53-32 title-game victory over Severna Park, Nelson contributed 10 assists, and sophomore forward Camrell Gholston scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Eagles have lost only to No. 5 St. Frances and No. 9 Mercy.

This week, the Eagles head into the toughest part of their schedule, starting with a 5:30 home game this afternoon against No. 11 John Carroll. After that, they face No. 3 Seton Keough, No. 18 Roland Park, Mercy and Riverdale Baptist, which is No. 22 in the nation.

On the mat

Mount St. Joseph wrestlers Bruce Dulski (103 pounds), Tim Bohlman (112), Ryan Herwig (140, 145) and Sam Lewnes (152) all had mixed results during holiday tournaments.

In the 32-team Colonial Forge, Va., tournament Dec. 22-23, Dulski was eighth, Bohlman fourth, Herwig first at 140 and Lewnes second.

At the PowerAde Classic at Trinity High in Pittsburgh - considered one of the nation's most difficult high school events - Dulski was second, Bohlman sixth and Herwig fourth at 145.

Calvert Hall wrestled in the Deloane (Pa.) Catholic Invitational, with Andrew Schlaffer (103) finishing first to remain unbeaten at 13-0, and both Kevin King (140) and Conor Byrne (130) finishing fourth.

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