It was Gerald Brown's time to play hero for Douglass last night.
The junior guard scored 17 points, but it was what he did away from the basket that helped the No. 1 Ducks keep their perfect record intact with a 48-47 victory over Martin Luther King of Philadelphia in the Mayor's Academy Basketball Tournament last night at the Coppin Center.
With Douglass (13-0) clinging to a 43-42 lead, Brown spun in the lane and passed off to Joey Dorsey for a dunk, extending its lead to three with 1:25 left in regulation. Dorsey hit one of two free throws for a 46-42 advantage before Martin Luther King scored to make it 46-44 with under a minute to play.
The Cougars regained possession after a Ducks turnover, but Brown forced Akeem Wright to lose the ball and drove the floor. Brown quickly called timeout with 11.1 seconds remaining, then dropped two free throws with 7.7 seconds left for a four-point lead.
"Last night [Friday], it was Tyler's night. Tonight, they were double-teaming Joey, and I told him I was going to get him the ball," said Brown. "On the last spin move, it was the same thing from Walbrook."
Brown was referring to his assist to Dorsey for a layup, which was the decisive score in a 69-68 victory over the Warriors that gave the Ducks their first top ranking.
Douglass has three regular-season games left, all against ranked teams: No. 2 Dunbar, No. 7 Lake Clifton and No. 10 Mervo.
"We don't go into each game thinking it's a win because anything can happen," said Brown. "We just playing hard as we can, and that's it."
No. 2 Dunbar 69, Towson Catholic 67, OT: The Poets (12-3) made three foul shots in the final moments to hold back the Owls.
Maurice Barksdale hit two free throws to give Dunbar a 68-64 lead, but Phil Hahn connected on a three-pointer with 12 seconds left to bring the Owls to 68-67. Chris Frederick then made the second of two free throws for the Poets with 6.9 seconds left. Towson Catholic (6-11) missed a layup, and a chance to force overtime, with one second remaining.
The Owls will meet the nation's No. 1 squad, Oak Hill Academy (Va.), and former Towson Catholic standout Carmello Anthony at the Towson Center this evening.
No. 9 Randallstown 56, No. 10 Mervo 53: The defending state 3A champion Rams (15-0) rallied past the No. 10 Mustangs to extend the area's longest winning streak to 25 games.
Levi Stukes led Randallstown with 16 points. Torrance Breaux, a 6-foot-4 junior forward, had 10 points and seven rebounds; Arron Carpenter scored nine of his 12 points in the final period.
Mervo (9-6) had a 42-30 advantage in the third quarter but went nearly six minutes without a basket.
No. 7 Lake Clifton 62, Overbrook (Pa.) 54: Led by 16 points each from Paris Carter and Laysean Hall, the Lakers (9-5) handed the Philadelphia school (8-6) its second consecutive loss.
Carver 62, No. 16 Eastern Tech 54: William Smith and Shawn Wooden each scored 13 points as the Bears (5-8) again upset the Mavericks (10-3).
Eastern Tech had the No. 1 seed in last season's 3A North Region playoffs but was blown out by the Bears in the quarterfinals.
Southwestern 76, Dundalk 40: Jason Hicks and Sherrick Spruill combined for 54 points to lead the way for the Sabres (5-7).