Randallstown junior guard Levi Stukes is quite confident these days. So confident, in fact, he had two promises for top-ranked Douglass after the third-ranked Rams' 98-68 rout of Northwestern in a 3A North Regional quarterfinal last night in Randallstown.
"Guaranteed we're going to beat them and score 100," Stukes said.
Last night, at least, both Stukes and his Randallstown teammates looked as though they were capable of backing up his claim. In just three quarters, Stukes scored a game-high 31 points on 10-for-20 shooting from the field and 9-for-9 from the line, on top of seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and a blocked shot.
Three other Rams scored in double figures, and 14 of 15 Randallstown players scored altogether. Senior forward Jerrell McNeil had 15 points, junior forward Terrance Breaux added 10 points and seven rebounds and senior guard Aaron Carpenter registered 10 points.
"This was like a rivalry game; we had players who transferred from here to there," said Stukes, referring to Northwestern junior guard Roy Shomo, who scored a team-high 18 points. "We were kind of mad at that, so we wanted to show them that they shouldn't have transferred. They should have stayed with us, and maybe they would have a chance to keep playing."
Randallstown, which improved to 24-0, will play host to fourth-seeded Fallston tomorrow night at 7 in one North Regional semifinal. Fallston defeated Bel Air, 61-42, last night in another 3A North quarterfinal.
On the other half of the draw, Douglass improved to 24-0 with a 75-63 victory over Carver, and Franklin defeated Dundalk, 73-52. Franklin will play host to Douglass in tomorrow's other 3A North semifinal.
Should Randallstown and Douglass win tomorrow as expected, the Ducks would play host to the Rams on Saturday with a trip to Cole Field House on the line.
"We're going to take [Fallston] first, and hopefully we can play as well as we played tonight," Randallstown coach Kim Rivers said. "I don't want to look ahead yet. I want to make sure my kids stay focused on [Fallston], because on any given night a team can lose."
Aside from Shomo, two other players scored in double figures for Northwestern (14-10). Senior guard Frank Crockett scored 13 and junior guard Kevin Womack added 11.
Randallstown took control from the tip, scoring the game's first 13 points. The Rams led 28-5 after a three-pointer by McNeil 11 seconds into the second quarter, and extended the lead to 46-21 at halftime.
"Our defense broke down plus they shot well tonight," Northwestern coach Doug Robertson said. "We didn't come prepared like we should have come prepared to take it to the next level."