Carver carves up Northwestern

Surging Bears capture 4th in a row

Douglass, Southwestern also win

Boys basketball

High schools

January 19, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

While his Bears were losing tough games to Southern, Calvert Hall, Lake Clifton and Aberdeen - all of which are ranked in The Sun's top 20 - Carver coach Durce Jackson kept telling his kids that sooner or later, they would turn it around.

Last night at the Coppin Center, his Bears did just that.

Alfred Washington, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, scored 28 points, and point guard Jonte Hall had 10 points and 10 assists as Carver (8-5) avenged an earlier loss to Northwestern with its fourth straight win, 52-43, as part of the three-day Mayor's Basketball Academy Tournament.

"Everybody in the city already knows it, but I'm telling you now, for clarification: My two guards [Hall and Washington] are two of the best in the metro area. They can play with anybody," Jackson said.

Apparently, so can the rest of the Bears, who led 21-17 at the half, thanks in part to the defense of Will Smith, Darryl Edwards and John Howard. Northwestern's high scorers, Pataki Venable and Delton Burney, had only eight points each.

"Our schedule has helped us and we're starting to play as a team," Jackson said. "I told them, 'If you play somebody and they beat you before, and you come back and beat them, that tells you that you've improved.' "

The competition heats up tonight when fourth-ranked defending Class 2A state champ Aberdeen (10-1) and seventh-ranked seven-time state champ Dunbar (11-1) hook up in a possible state title game preview. Another game with the looks of a winner is tomorrow's scheduled matchup between Aberdeen and No. 1 Southern.

But in light of Dunbar's win over Southern on Tuesday, and Aberdeen's earlier victories over City League powers Lake Clifton and Walbrook, it could be upstaged by Aberdeeen-Dunbar.

"When the schedule was made, Aberdeen was doing well and so was Southern, but Dunbar has become the sleeping giant," said city athletic director Bob Wade. "Dunbar's on the move, so the game has strong playoff implications."

In other games last night, Tyrone Harper (31 points, 7-for-7 from the line) and Sherrick Spruill (16, 6-for-9 from the line) helped Southwestern (6-7) overcome an early deficit for a 72-64 victory over Woodlawn (5-8). The Warriors were led by Elbarko Carr (24), Anthony McDougal (16) and Jefferey Garnett (10).

"We got the win but we could have played much better," said Southwestern coach Terry Leverett, whose Sabers trailed throughout much of the first half, during which they were out-rebounded by a team whose starters average 6 feet 5.

"We have a lot of kids who are new to our system, and for a while they had been resisting it," Leverett said. "Maybe this is a sign that now they're finally accepting it."

Raymond Dickens scored 25 points and Tyler Smith added 23 as Douglass (8-3) built a 17-point lead at halftime en route to an 85-59 blowout of defending Baltimore County champ Pikesville (9-4).

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