Magruder's strong 2nd half sends Arundel to 77-57 loss

11-2 spurt in 3rd quarter sparks D.C.'s No. 1 team

Class 4A boys basketball

March 09, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Magruder started the second half with an 11-2 run led by senior center Wesley Frazier to boost a seven-point lead to 16 on the way to a 77-57 rout of Arundel in the Class 4A state boys basketball semifinals last night at Cole Field House.

Frazier scored eight of his team-high 19 points in the third quarter and Magruder, the top-ranked team in the Washington area, carried a comfortable 47-35 lead into the final eight minutes.

Frazier also had nine rebounds for Magruder. Freshman Isaiah Swann scored 18 points, Howard Ruddell added 15 and Pele Paelay had 14.

Paul D'Imperio scored 12 points to lead Arundel (16-11), while Rodney Spriggs and Anthony Leake each had 13, and Jason Lively added 10. Leake pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

D'Imperio cut the Wildcats' deficit to 31-26 with a field goal to start the third quarter, but the Colonels' ensuing 11-0 burst proved too much for the Anne Arundel County team to overcome.

The Colonels (26-0) maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way and will play Prince George's County's Eleanor Roosevelt tomorrow at 8 p.m. for the state 4A title.

Like Eleanor Roosevelt, a 64-50 winner over No. 2 Lake Clifton in last night's other 4A semifinal, Magruder was making its first appearance in the state final four.

Winners of three of the past four Montgomery County titles, Magruder had come close in recent years. The Colonels graduated three starters from last year's team, but this year's edition had the right chemistry.

Arundel had not made it to Cole Field House since 1995, when it lost to Lake Clifton in the 4A semifinals.

After watching the much-taller Roosevelt and Lake Clifton teams play, the huge Cole Field House crowd, was treated to an up-tempo game between two teams with no starter over 6 feet 2.

The Wildcats started well, taking a 7-4 lead in the first quarter on a three-pointer by Spriggs, but the Colonels rebounded to take a 10-7 lead with 3:06 remaining.

Magruder's Swann knocked down a three-pointer to give his team a 14-9 lead with a minute left in the first quarter.

Will Talesnick's basket in the final seconds of the quarter made it 16-11, Magruder.

The Colonels took the first 10-point lead of the game at 27-17 with 4:50 left in the half. They simply were getting up and down the floor faster than the Wildcats.

Off the bench, Leake scored eight points to keep the Wildcats in the game, and a three-pointer by D'Imperio cut the deficit to 29-22 about a minute before halftime.

A layup by Spriggs made it 29-24 before a layup by Ruddell gave the Colonels a 31-24 halftime edge.

M-Swann 18, Ruddell 15, Frazier 19, Talesnick 2, Paelay 14, Palmer 4, Belott 2, Neal 2, DeFibaugh 1. Totals 32 6-15 77.

A-Spriggs 13, Hardin 5, D'Imperio 12, Minor 2, Lively 10, Donnelly 2, Leake 13, Felter 2. Totals 18 17-24 57. Half: M, 31-24.

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