U.S. charms city stars, 108-100

Ducks' Smith, Dorsey combine for 57 in loss

March 26, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Baltimore's home-court advantage ran out.

Seeking to keep bragging rights for another year, the Baltimore All-Stars ran out of gas and fell to the U.S. All-Stars, 108-100, in the second Charm City Challenge at the Towson Center last night.

Last year, Southern graduate and current North Carolina guard Melvin Scott scored 25 points to lead the Baltimore All-Stars over the U.S. All-Stars, 86-73.

Last night, All-Metro Player of the Year Tyler Smith of Class 3A state champion Douglass did his best to fill Scott's shoes, but the U.S. All-Stars' depth proved too much for the hosts.

All 12 members of the national squad scored at least three points - with 10 contributing at least four points.

Cincinnati-bound Eric Hicks paced the U.S. All-Stars with 18 points. Elliott Poole (DePaul) added 14 points and 13 rebounds, Chris McCray (Maryland) had 13 points and three steals, and Lee Melchionni (Duke) added 10.

McCray said the national squad members were well aware of their predecessors' defeat.

"Mr. [Charlie] Weber [the organizer of the Charm City Challenge] said the U.S. team came in overconfident," said McCray. "We wanted to come out and have fun, but we also wanted to win."

Smith led all players with 29 points and six assists, and Ducks teammate Richard Dorsey powered in 28 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks. They were the only Baltimore scorers in double figures.

"We had our intensity up in the beginning of the game," Smith said. "That intensity stopped in the middle of the third quarter, and we let it slip away."

With Juan Dixon, Steve Blake and Drew Nicholas watching from courtside seats, future Terrapin John Gilchrist scored six points. Nik Caner-Medley, another Maryland recruit, did not play.

Playing in an NBA-style game with four 12-minute quarters, Baltimore opened the game with eight unanswered points.

After the U.S. All-Stars sandwiched two baskets around a jumper from Jaz Cowan of McDonogh to make it 10-4, the Baltimore All-Stars earned back-to-back layups from Raymond Dickens, formerly of Douglass, and Kevin Steenberge of River Hill.

Despite falling back by as much as nine points, the U.S. cut the lead to 22-19 after Temple-bound Keith Butler jammed an alley-oop pass from LaSalle-bound Jermaine Thomas.

But Smith scored seven consecutive points to spark a 9-2 run and give Baltimore a 31-21 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

A 6-0 burst to start the second period gave Baltimore its largest lead of the game at 37-21.

But McCray scored four points, made a steal, and grabbed two rebounds to help the U.S. All-Stars compile 13 straight points.

Tied at 50, the U.S. All-Stars opened the third quarter the way Baltimore began the game: smoking. The national squad enjoyed a 12-4 run including four points from Butler. Baltimore punched back, cutting the lead to 63-62.

The U.S. All-Stars scored 10 unanswered points and entered the fourth quarter with a comfortable 84-73 advantage.

Smith was named the Most Valuable Player. Joining him on the all-tournament team were Dorsey, Hicks, McCray, Poole and Dwayne Birden of Calvert Hall.

Despite the loss, Baltimore coach Herman Harried was proud of his team.

"The kids fought and showed their competitive spirit," said Harried of Lake Clifton. "These young men think it's an honor to play in this game. Well, it was an honor for me to coach them."

U.S.-John Gilchrist 7, Mario Moore 7, Jarrett Jack 10, Jermaine Thomas 5, Chris McCray 13 , Lee Melchionni 10, Elliott Poole 14, Eric Hicks 18, Marques Hayden 7, Theodis Tarver 3, Keith Butler 11, Ted Skuchas 3. Totals 40 19-34 108.

BALTIMORE-Todd Galloway 8, Terrance Whiters 8, Darnell Hopkins 0, Tyler Smith 29, Gary Neal 2, Daevon Haskins 2, Cory Hudson 2, Laysean Hall 2, Richard Dorsey 28, Raymond Dickens 2, Kevin Steenberge 9, Jaz Cowan 8. Totals 43 10-21 100. Half: 50-50.

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