No. 2 Randallstown stops Lake Clifton in Academy, 58-46

Third-ranked Lakers fall to Rams 2nd year in row

Walbrook, Mervo triumph

Boys basketball

High School

January 11, 2003|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

When Randallstown defeated Lake Clifton in this tournament last year, some thought it was an aberration. The second-ranked Rams showed that wasn't the case last night, defeating the No. 3 Lakers, 58-46, at the Basketball Academy Mixer at Coppin State.

Senior guard Vincent Carter-Bey scored 16 points to lead Randallstown (10-0), with All-Metro guard Levi Stukes and forward Terrence Breaux each chipping in 14.

Wagner-bound center Kyle Garrison led Lake Clifton with 13 points.

The Rams handled Lake Clifton, 72-57, a season ago, and dominated play through three quarters last night, leading by as many as 22 points. The Lakers (7-2) cut the margin to seven late in the final quarter, but it wasn't enough to extend their winning streak to eight.

"We talked about perseverance, and that was the key," said Randallstown coach Kim Rivers. "We knew that they were a team we weren't going to be able to knock out easily."

Randallstown will play No. 8 Dunbar tonight at 7:30.

Randallstown held a 48-32 lead early in the final quarter before the Lakers closed to 48-40 with 2:48 remaining on a free throw by Damian Wilder. A three-pointer by Wilder had Lake Clifton within 50-43 with 1:41 left, but consecutive baskets by Terrence Breaux, each assisted by Carter-Bey, gave the Rams full command with 50 seconds to play.

With Stukes getting most of Lake Clifton's defensive attention, Carter-Bey took advantage from the perimeter, hitting three three-pointers. In the Rams' biggest challenge to date this season, Carter-Bey was ready for his number to be called.

"We knew they were going to key on Levi and Coach told us all week that somebody was going to have to step up," Carter-Bey said. "I thought today would be the day for me, I've been practicing on my shot. I came in and felt confident to shoot it."

While the Rams played with a swagger, Lake Clifton struggled to find consistency. The Lakers missed numerous outside shots, labored with their inside game and missed 14 of 22 free throws.

"We didn't do anything well," said Lake Clifton coach Herman Harried. "Not just shooting. We didn't rebound well; we didn't score well in the post, we didn't take care of the ball."

The Rams opened the second quarter by making three straight three-pointers, with Carter-Bey hitting the latter two, to take a 23-10 advantage with 6:23 left. A basket by Tommy Breaux, set up by his brother Terrence, gave Randallstown its largest lead of the half at 27-13.

In other games involving ranked squads, No. 8 Dunbar defeated Philadelphia's Martin Luther King, 55-48; No. 13 Walbrook defeated New York City's Kennedy, 65-52; and No. 10 Mervo handled Burke (S.C.), 51-29.

Maurice Barksdale scored 24 points as Dunbar (11-1) rallied to pick up its 10th consecutive victory. The Poets trailed the Cougars (4-7), 46-40, midway in the final quarter,before going on a 15-2 run to close the game.

Mervo improved to 7-3 as junior guard Chester Frazier scored a game-high 18 points, but coach Daryl Wade was hardly impressed.

"We didn't execute well," said Wade, whose team will play Kennedy tonight at 6. "Slow start, never got started. We still got some improving to do."

Walbrook got 16 points from junior Jimmy Conyers in its win over Kennedy. Conyers squeezed 11 between the second and third quarters as the Warriors (7-4) outscored Kennedy 34-12 to build a 25-point advantage.

Eddie Tyson contributed 12 points for Walbrook.

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