Boys basketball state semifinals

March 07, 2002|By Lem Satterfield

At Cole Field House, College Park

Class 4A

No. 7 Mervo (17-8) vs. Eleanor Roosevelt (14-12)

When: 9 p.m. today

Outlook: Mervo coach Daryl Wade is making his fourth appearance at Cole Field House, his first with the Mustangs. In four years at City College Wade took that team to the state semifinals three times, making the final once. Mervo's opponent, Eleanor Roosevelt of Prince George's County, is making its second straight trip to Cole, having finished second last year to Magruder of Montgomery County. Mervo has a balanced offense led by G Paul Frazier (20.4 points), G Chester Frazier (11.4) and G Brandon Wells (10.3). The Raiders' top scorers, 6-foot-6 Victor Akinyanju (nine rebounds) and 6-4 Edward Young, each average 14 points. Roosevelt, which ended Oxon Hill's 12-game winning streak by capturing the regional final last week, also has a 6-8 center in Jared Gaither.

Class 3A

No. 8 South Carroll (20-5) vs. Gwynn Park (22-3)

When: 3 p.m. today

Outlook: South Carroll was hurt by the loss of All-Metro guard Marshall Strickland, who exhausted his eligibility. But for those who thought that the Cavaliers of Carroll County couldn't excel without him were mistaken. Coach Jim Carnes has built the team around 6-9 center Josh Boone (20.6 points, 14.4 rebounds), G Bryon Lowry (11.9 points), 6-3 Jimmy Dahlgren (10.5 points, 7.7 rebounds) and 6-4 Mike Medlar (6.7 points, 5.2 rebounds). The Cavaliers face perhaps their biggest test, however, in the Yellow Jackets of Prince George's County, ranked No. 3 by The Washington Post. Gwynn Park relies on top scoring 6-4 G Louis Hinnant (21.1 points, 10.1 assists) and 6-3 F Darrick Sesker (22 points, 6.5 rebounds) as well as 6-5 players Tariq Bond (9.1 points, 9.0 rebounds) and Marice Banks (7.0 points, 7.0 rebounds).

No. 1 Douglass (26-0) vs. Chopticon (24-0)

When: 5 p.m. today

Outlook: Douglass is two victories away from the school's first state basketball championship. By doing so, the Ducks would surpass Southwestern, the last city team to go unbeaten at 27-0 for the Class 4A state title in 1997. But Douglass faces a difficult task against The Post's No. 6 team, which also enters the final four undefeated. Chopticon is a hustling bunch, averaging 32 rebounds a game. Its starters average 6-3, and its leading scorer, Jonathan Pease (15.3 points, 7.3 rebounds), is 6-5. Douglass has three scorers that average double figures, led by Tyler Smith (28.2 points). The starters average 60 percent shooting from the field, nearly the same from three-point range and almost 80 percent from the free-throw line.

Class 2A

No. 14 Eastern Tech (19-7) vs. Central (20-6)

When: 9 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: By shocking Southern of Baltimore City, 67-64, Eastern Tech earned its school-record 19th victory, its first 2A North Regional crown and its first trip to Cole Field House. The Mavericks' success has focused attention on college recruits such as 6-6 sophomore Rudy Gay (12.5 points, 7.3 rebounds), 6-3 senior G Antoine McCall (10.0 points) and 6-4 C Vernon Irvine (13.0 points). High-scoring Central (74.6 points a game) is making its fourth appearance in the past seven seasons under 22nd-year coach Walter Fulton, and has balanced scoring and ample size with G West Otis (20.0 points), 6-6 F Davon West (17.0 points, 11.0 rebounds), 6-6 F Elbert Dozier (13.0 points, 12.0 rebounds) and 6-3 G Torrance Tyson (13.2 points, 8.5 rebounds).

Class 1A

Chesapeake-BC (15-11) vs. No. 5 Dunbar (21-4)

When: 5 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Each team has won four straight games, but that's where the similarities of these programs end. The Dunbar Poets are making their ninth appearance in the final four since 1993, and are after their eighth state title. Chesapeake is making its first appearance at Cole Field House. Chesapeake is led by 6-5 Lamont Diggs (9.4 points, 10.2 rebounds), who is bound for Morgan State. He is among three senior starters, and 6-foot junior F Anthony Boyce (12.9 points, 7.9 rebounds). The Poets counter with five starters who are averaging in double figures in scoring, led by the senior backcourt of James Taylor (18.4 points) and Jujuan Robinson (18.3). F Darrell York, 6-11 C Michal Thompson and G Herman Hayes all average around 10 points.

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