Mervo gets in gear, dumps Woodlawn

C. Frazier scores 21, goes 9-for-9 at line in 4A win

March 01, 2002|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

For the Mervo boys basketball team, Chester Frazier, Paul Frazier and Antwan Lawrence proved to be the perfect combination.

The performance of the trio added up to an easy 73-57 win over host Woodlawn in the Class 4A North regional semifinals yesterday.

The victory earns the 14th-ranked Mustangs a home date against Lake Clifton - a 53-52 winner over Walbrook in the other semifinal - tomorrow at Mervo in the 4A North finals.

"We played really well offensively and defensively, our game plan worked," said Mustangs coach Daryl Wade, whose team improved to 16-8. "They weren't able to get into a rhythm early."

Mervo sophomore guard Chester Frazier was, scoring 15 of his game-high 21 points before halftime.

Frazier, who was 9-for-9 from the free-throw line for the game, scored five straight points in an 11-0 second-quarter run that gave the Mustangs a 30-10 lead. They would eventually take a 33-19 lead into intermission.

Woodlawn guard Elbarko Carr tried to keep the 20th-ranked Warriors (14-9) in it, scoring 13 of his 18 points in the first half. But he had little help as the Warriors' main inside threat, center Jeff Garnett, was plagued by foul trouble all game.

"We usually rely on our inside-outside game, but it was taken away," said Woodlawn coach Eddie Green Jr. "We came out flat and for some reason, we didn't have the intensity we needed to beat a City team."

Any Warriors comeback thoughts were extinguished very early in the third quarter, courtesy of forward Paul Frazier, who scored 19 points, 10 in the third.

The Mustangs opened the third quarter with an 11-1 run to take a 44-20 lead at the 4:14 mark. Paul Frazier and Lawrence had 10 of the 11 points during that spurt.

The exclamation point in that run was Lawrence's two-handed slam off a Paul Frazier inbounds pass, which got the Mervo bench to its feet.

Lawrence finished the game with 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

"We started to slack a little on defense, and after that dunk, we definitely picked it up," said Chester Frazier.

Said Wade: "That's why we run that play, to get a little excitement."

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