Scott, Baltimore All-Stars overcome U.S. in Challenge

Local team builds big lead in first half of 86-73 win

High Schools

Boys basketball

April 29, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

Southern High School's Melvin Scott scored 25 points and hit five three-pointers to lead the Baltimore All-Stars to an 86-73 victory over the U.S. All-Stars in the first Charm City Challenge, last night at Towson Center.

Scott, who will play for the University of North Carolina next season, put on an impressive display of ball-handling and long-distance shooting, especially in the first half as he nailed four three-pointers and scored 14 points.

In fact, the first 10 minutes of the game couldn't have gone much better for Baltimore as it jumped out to a 32-15 lead. The teams were limited to one center on their rosters in an effort to promote up-tempo play, and there was plenty of fast-break dunks and wide-open three-pointers. In fact, Mount St. Joseph's Kevin Mickens and Hargrave Military Academy's Sherrod Ford got the crowd energized early with two dunks on consecutive possessions in the first five minutes of the game.

But the U.S. All Stars, led by West Virginia-bound guard Jonathan Hargett and Tennessee recruit Derek Stribling, didn't go quietly, closing to within 37-34 with two minutes left in the first half. Stribling pushed the ball right back at Scott, getting to the free-throw line three times in the first half and creating several fast-break chances.

But Darshan Luckey, Scott's teammate at Southern, quickly regained the advantage for Baltimore, turning a steal off Hargett into a layup, then nailing a three-pointer on the next possession, giving Baltimore a 43-38 halftime lead.

The second half provided more highlights than it did drama. Hargett and Massachusetts recruit Eddie Basden provided the play of the game right after halftime, hooking up for a one-handed alley-oop. Still Baltimore was simply too deep on the night as Dunbar's Kenny Minor scored 13, and Ford and Luckey each finished with 11.

NOTES: A dunk during warm-ups provided quite the spectacle, as 7-foot center Craig Forth shook the rim with such vigor that the entire basketball support came loose and had to be repaired. Forth, who averaged 19 points and 14.5 rebounds at East Greenbush High School in New York, is headed to Syracuse. ... Maryland recruits Mike Grinnon and Andre Collins combined for seven points. ... In an earlier game between the area's two top underclassman boys traveling teams, Towson Catholic junior Carmelo Anthony, The Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year, scored 32 to lead the Baltimore Blue to a 107-93 overtime victory over the Baltimore Select.

B - Kenny Minor 13, Keith Jenifer 9, Darshan Luckey 11, Jai Lewis 2, Marcus Harrison 3, Kevin Mickens 3, Chris Charles 8, Sherrod Ford 12, Melvin Scott 25. Totals: 28 22-34 86.

US - Jonathan Hargett 11, Andre Collins 2, Brandon Fuss-Cheatam 2, Ismail Muhammed 4, Dijon Thompson 7, Mike Grinnon 5, Eddie Basden 13, Derek Stribbling 13, Marcus Austin 2, Josh Powell 4, Craig Forth 10. Totals: 27 14-21 73. Half: 43-38, B.

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