Mervo cruises to North title

Hot-shooting Mustangs rout Lake Clifton, 75-42

Class 4A boys basketball

March 03, 2002|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Some days, it seems everything goes right. The 14th-ranked Mervo boys basketball team had one of those days yesterday.

Held scoreless for nearly four minutes to start the game, the visiting Mustangs recovered to shoot 50 percent and cruise to the Class 4A North Regional championship with a 75-42 victory over No. 15 Lake Clifton.

Mervo (17-8), which won just the second regional title in school history, will face Eleanor Roosevelt of Prince George's County in the 4A state semifinals at 9 p.m. Thursday at Cole Field House in College Park. The Mustangs have never advanced to a state championship game.

Senior guard Brandon Wells scored a game-high 21, junior guard Paul Frazier added 20 points and six rebounds, and sophomore guard Chester Frazier had 16 points, five rebounds and a blocked shot. They led a Mervo attack that shot 25-for-50 from the field, including 7-for-12 from three-point range.

"We came together as one," said Wells, who shot 9-for-16 and put on a second-half clinic with numerous drives through the paint. "We came out all fired up and pumped. I just came out and did what I do: play hard."

On the other side, things could not have gone worse for Lake Clifton (16-10). The Lakers played without starting guard Cleveland Deshields, who sat out with a separated shoulder, and his absence was noticeable.

Lake Clifton shot 18 percent (12-for-66) from the field, including a catastrophic 0-for-24 from three-point range.

"Whatever they came to do today, they did," said Lake Clifton coach Herman Harried.

Senior center Laysean Hall scored a team-high 11 points, and junior forward Tavon Nelson added 10 points.

"We didn't expect to beat them that badly," said Mervo coach Daryl Wade. "To come in here and take them like that is a shock to me. The kids came to play."

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