Lake Clifton no match for E. Roosevelt, 64-50

D.C.-area school controls No. 2 Lakers in state semi

Class 4A boys basketball

March 09, 2001|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLLEGE PARK - In its first two trips to the state 4A semifinals, Lake Clifton found a way to claim the state championship.

The third time around, however, the Lakers were simply lost.

In a battle of the No. 2 teams in the Baltimore and Washington areas, Lake Clifton was overmatched by Eleanor Roosevelt of Prince George's County, 64-50, at Cole Field House last night.

Roosevelt's victory sets up a showdown with unbeaten Magruder, the Washington area's No. 1 team, for the state title. Magruder of Montgomery County (26-0) defeated the area's No. 12 team Arundel, 77-57, in the other semifinal.

Roosevelt (21-4), which ended defending state champ and county rival Oxon Hill's 35-game winning streak in the South region finals last Saturday, sent the Lakers' hopes spiraling with an opening 13-0 run.

Lake Clifton made a run at the Raiders, pulling to 46-38 with 3:48 remaining in regulation, but the Raiders answered with 11 straight points to quell any doubts.

"We got outplayed, plain and simple," said Lake Clifton coach Herman Harried, whose team had 19 turnovers. "The shots we normally make, we didn't make, but Roosevelt played well."

The Lakers misfired on 30 of 49 attempts (five of 17 from three-point range) from the field, including an anemic five-of-22 first-half performance that put them at a 28-12 halftime disadvantage.

The other disadvantage was the matchup against the Raiders' Eddie Basden and Delonte West. Basden, a versatile 6-foot-5 performer, along with the slashing 6-foot-3 West, dictated Roosevelt's pace.

The Raiders dominated the boards, 46-29, including a more decisive 22-6 margin on the offensive side. Basden and West combined for 12 offensive rebounds.

After needing late scores to secure state titles in 1995 and 1999, Lake Clifton was in trouble from the opening tip. Its first basket didn't come until five minutes elapsed, on a three-pointer by Aaron Cook. The Lakers trailed, 16-5, after shooting two of 10 from the field in the opening period.

Roosevelt had a 22-7 margin as Basden scored six straight before the Lakers showed some life, pulling to 22-12 with 2:14 remaining in the half.

Basden and West continued tormenting Lake Clifton. Basden broke off a dunk that was later followed by a layup from West, giving the Greenbelt school a 14-point advantage.

"I really thought we played well from the beginning," said Roosevelt coach Glenn Farello. "We established ourselves defensively which we talked about going in. We were able to contain their dribble penetration and contest their shooters on the outside."

LC-Regis 14, Cook 9, Nelson 13, Hall 6, Johnson 8. Totals: 19 7-12 50.

ER-Basden 20, West 12, Carter 12, Klaiber 5, Jackson 4, Vyfhuis 3, Akinyanju 3, Cash 2, Shepherd 2. Totals: 26 11-28 64. Half: ER 28-12.

Boys playoffs

(At University of Maryland's Cole Field House)

State semifinals


Class 3A

Randallstown 61, Westlake 52 Thomas Johnson 80, Crossland 73, OT

Class 4A

E. Roosevelt 64, Lake Clifton 50 Magruder 77, Arundel 57 Today

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


Class 1A, 1 p.m.

Class 3A

Randallstown vs. Thomas Johnson, 3 p.m.

Class 2A, 6 p.m.

Class 4A

E. Roosevelt vs. Magruder, 8 p.m.

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