Catonsville gets lift from Clipp in OT win

Senior scores 28, helps beat Woodlawn, 60-54

High Schools

Boys basketball

January 31, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Scott Clipp has scored nearly 1,000 points in four years in the paint, and "has the heart of a 7-foot player," says his coach, Jim Rhoads.

But the Catonsville senior doesn't kid himself into thinking he can play Division I basketball. "I'm a 6-foot-2 post player, so I won't make it in that world," said Clipp, who will attend the University of Maryland. "I'll concentrate on being a student, major in journalism."

Clipp couldn't have written a better story than last night's game-saving effort, where he scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 60-54 overtime Baltimore County Division II victory over visiting Woodlawn.

Clipp scored his 10 field goals in traffic against players such as Jeff Garnett (nine points, seven rebounds), Antonio Binns (six points, six rebounds) and Warren Christian, each of whom is 6-5 or taller. He also went 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.

"That's how our offense is designed: I get the ball inside, try to draw the foul on the big guys," said Clipp, who should score the six points he needs to surpass the 1,000-point mark on Friday against Pikesville. "In this game, especially, I wanted to keep taking it to them, get them up in the air, finish off layups."

The strategy worked for the Comets (11-7 overall, 7-3 league), who entered the game in third place behind Woodlawn (9-4, 8-2) and Eastern Tech in the division. The Comets made all but three of their 21 free throws.

That helped to overcome Woodlawn guard Elbarko Carr, who finished with 21 points, including nine of the Warriors' 13 points in the fourth period. That sparked an 8-0 run that turned a 42-37 third-quarter deficit into a 45-42 Woodlawn lead with five minutes to play.

Down 48-44 after Carr's three-pointer with 3:25 left in regulation, Catonsville closed with a 6-2 run, including Anthony Edwards' off-balance, six-footer that made it 50-48. Clipp then tied the game at 50-50 eight seconds before overtime, completing a fast break that he started by grabbing a defensive rebound.

Clipp's three-point play accounted for the first points in overtime, in which Carr missed two three-pointers and teammate Ralph Johnson, a third. A three-point play by the Comets' Justin Davis (10 points) made it 56-51 for Catonsville with a minute left, but Carr's three-pointer made it 56-54 just 15 seconds later.

Woodlawn's Jordan Brown stole the ball with 20 seconds left, but Scott Soracue returned the favor seven seconds later. Catonsville closed with a pair of free throws by Andrew Sohn and Edwards' buzzer-beating layup.

No. 5 Randallstown 77, Overlea 61: Leading 62-56 with six minutes left in the game, the visiting Rams (16-0) - led by Levi Stukes with 15 points - went on a 12-2 scoring run to seal the win.

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