Boys basketball state semifinals

March 08, 2001|By Pat O'Malley, Lem Satterfield and Kevin Van Valkenburg

(All games at University of Maryland's Cole Field House)

Class 4A

No. 2 Lake Clifton (20-4) vs. Eleanor Roosevelt (22-3)

When: 7 p.m. today

Outlook: Three-point shooting specialists Antonio Regis (13 points, 7.5 assists) and Aaron Cook (18 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) - Lake Clifton's only senior starters - and 6-6 F Tavon Nelson (10 points, 8 rebounds) lead the Lakers to their fourth final four berth, having won titles in 1995 and '99. Roosevelt lost twice to defending champion Oxon Hill before eliminating the Clippers in last week's region title game, 75-65. F Edward Basden (signed with UMass) is 6 feet 5 and averages 18.4 points, 8 rebounds and 4.4 assists for the Raiders. Delonte West (St. Joseph's), a 6-3 guard, averages 20.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4 assists. Roosevelt set the school record for wins in a season in its first trip to the final four.

No. 12 Arundel (16-10) vs. Magruder (25-0)

When: 9 p.m. today

Outlook: Class 4A West Region champion Magruder is the top-ranked team in the Washington area and is making its first trip to the Final Four. The 4A East Region champion Wildcats last made it to Cole Field House in 1995. Neither team has a starter over 6-2. Arundel has key seniors in Rodney Spriggs (14.1 points, 8.5 rebounds), Paul D'Imperio (11 points, 4 assists), Derek Hardin (13 points, 5 assists) and Jon Donnelly. Junior Nick Minor, a 6-2, 160-pound center, averages 11 points and 7 rebounds. Jason Lively, a 5-9 junior G, is a defensive specialist along with Donnelly. Magruder may have lost three starters from last year's Montgomery County championship team, but returns its top two players in 6-2 senior C Wesley Frazier (11.7 points, 9.7 rebounds) and senior Howie Ruddell (12.4 points, 6 rebounds).

Class 3A

No. 11 Randallstown (18-5) vs. Westlake (23-2)

When: 3 p.m. today

Outlook: The Randallstown Rams are making their 10th playoff appearance. They were runners-up to Paint Branch last year, and were champs in 1995. Led by F Antonio McMillion (19 points, 8 rebounds) and G Antoine Jordan (17.5 points, 4.5 assists, 4 rebounds), the Rams, winners of six straight games, are trying to win their school's second state title. Westlake's Wolverines are led by two Division I football signees in 6-5 Randy Starks (Maryland) and 6-7 Lavon Chisley (Penn State). Starks averages 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Chisley averages 7 points and 8 rebounds. Westlake, winner of 18 straight games to start the season, also has G C.J. Jones (13 points) and F Tim Bonnett (10.5 points). The Wolverines opened the season with an 81-64 rout of Crossland, which eliminated No. 3 Annapolis on Friday.

Class 2A

No. 1 Dunbar (25-1) vs. Fairmont Heights (19-5)

When: 7 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Dunbar, led by first-year coach Eric Lee, takes a 19-game winning streak into its eighth final four appearance. The Poets are in search of their seventh state title since 1993. G Kenny Minor (17 points, 4 rebounds, 10 assists), G James Taylor (16 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists), G Steve Miller (17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists), 6-4 F Reggie Cornell (10 points, 12 rebounds) and 6-6 F Victor Molen (12 points, 10 rebounds) lead the Poets' balanced attack. The Hornets of Prince George's County own an 85-77 win over No. 8 Douglass of Baltimore. Leading the way in what should be a high-scoring contest are 6-5 Kevin Jolley (20.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists), 6-6 F Roland Lawrence (7 points, 7 rebounds) and 6-4 G Chris McCray (28.8 points). The Hornets have a seven-game winning streak.

Class 1A

No. 20 Pikesville (18-3) vs. Oakland Mills (13-12)

When: 3 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: First-year coach Paul Smith and All-Metro F Clement Sorgho (17.1 points, 7 rebounds), G Drew Braver (13.6 points) and F Malcolm Thomas (12.5 points) are shooting for the Panthers' third title-game berth in as many appearances. Sorgho is a Division I prospect. The unranked Scorpions struggled during the season but are clicking at the right time, having won five of their past six. Oakland Mills is led by guards Andre Brooks (15 points, 7 rebounds) and Varnez Nicholson (15 points), two athletic scorers. The Scorpions don't have a senior, but have the experience of 19th-year coach Dave Appleby (280 career wins, one state title).

Boys playoffs

(At University of Maryland's Cole Field House)

State semifinals

Today

Class 3A

Randallstown vs. Westlake, 3 Crossland vs. Thomas Johnson, 5

Class 4A

Lake Clifton vs. E. Roosevelt, 7 Arundel vs. Magruder, 9

Tomorrow

Class 1A Pikesville vs. Oakland Mills , 3 Snow Hill vs. Southern-Garrett, 5

Class 2A Dunbar vs. Fairmont Heights, 7 Wicomico vs. Fort Hill, 9

State finals

Saturday

Class 1A, 1 p.m.

Class 3A, 3 p.m.

Class 2A, 6 p.m.

Class 4A, 8 p.m.

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