Smith's jumper at buzzer lifts Douglass over Clifton

Sophomore scores 18 as No. 6 Lakers fall, 45-44

Boys basketball

January 11, 2001|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

After missing his team's previous contest because of the flu, Douglass sophomore Tyler Smith just wanted to build up his stamina during yesterday's contest at Lake Clifton.

Smith did that as well as provide the unranked Ducks a major boost to their season, dropping a short jumper as time expired and giving them a 45-44 triumph over the No. 6 Lakers in a Division II city league game.

After setbacks to city league foes No. 8 Dunbar and top-ranked Southern-Baltimore, Smith and Douglass (5-3, 1-1) were finally able to break through as he got the ball after teammate Raymond Dickens had been blocked under the basket attempting to put back a miss by Smith.

"It was too close. I just had to take the best shot I could," said Smith, a 6-foot-2 guard. "The second time, I saw the Lake Clifton player was trying to block it as soon as I got it. I faked, pivoted my feet, turned around and shot it up with my left hand. Luckily, it went into the hole for me."

Smith led Douglass with 18 points, including eight of his team's 14 points in the second half. Gerrold Brown contributed 11 while Aaron Cook had a game-high 21 points for Lake Clifton (8-2, 2-1).

Smith's five-footer from near the baseline capped a tight second-half battle in which the largest lead for either squad was two points. Lake Clifton led 45-44 with 13.8 seconds remaining when Antonio Regis missed the latter end of a one-and-one situation, and Dickens grabbed the rebound for the Ducks and quickly brought the ball upcourt.

"We got it up the floor and ran a little designed play," said Douglass coach Rodney Cofield. "Tyler got into the lane and missed the shot and it looked bad for us. We're quick and he got to the basketball. He got his rebound and that's what he does, throws up short jumpers like that and makes them."

While Smith provided the Ducks with an array of short to mid-range jumpers, Cook assisted the Lakers' cause with his long-range perimeter shooting, but the senior guard had only three points after a 18-point first-half performance.

Cook's lone basket of the second half was his fifth three-pointer of the contest with 3:44 left, giving the Lakers a 43-41 lead. A jumper in the lane by Smith brought Douglass back even with 2:16 remaining in regulation.

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