Dunbar pulls down Randallstown

Poets hand Rams 1st loss, 77-64

Douglass also wins

Boys basketball

January 12, 2003|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Dunbar knocked Randallstown from the unbeaten ranks last night, handing the No. 2 Rams a 77-64 defeat in the Basketball Academy Tournament at the Coppin Center.

Leading by as many as 17 points, the No. 9 Dunbar boys (12-1) pulled away from the Rams in the final quarter to win their 11th straight game.

Randallstown (10-1) gained its first lead at 54-52 on a basket by Torian Deane with 6:41 remaining. Two jumpers by Byron Roundtree put Dunbar back in front, 56-54, before a three-pointer by Herman Hayes extended it to 59-54.

The Rams' hopes were damaged when both All-Metro guard Levi Stukes and senior center Tommy Breaux fouled out in the fourth quarter.

In other Academy games involving ranked boys teams, No. 1 Douglass rolled past South Carolina's Burke and No. 13 Walbrook defeated New York City's Samuel Gompers.

After beating No. 3 Lake Clifton on Friday night, Randallstown faced an uphill climb last night from the start. The Rams committed nine turnovers on their first 11 possessions.

Breyon Waddy sparked the Poets in the opening quarter, first with a dunk and a three-pointer for an 11-4 advantage. His three-point play with 18.8 seconds left advanced Dunbar's lead to 18-8.

Herman Hayes boosted Dunbar to start the second, hitting two three-pointers. A steal by Roundtree was converted into a three-point play as the Poets pulled out to a 27-12 lead with 5:25 remaining in the quarter. Less than a minute later, the Poets had their biggest lead at 30-14 after two free throws by Hayes.

Down 36-21 after a three-pointer by Roundtree, Randallstown began mounting a comeback. The defending Baltimore County champion scored the final six points. Stukes' basket with 23 seconds left closed the gap to 36-27.

While Stukes picked up his fourth foul in the third quarter, Tommy Breaux established a huge presence for Randallstown. The 6-foot-7 senior center had seven points and five blocks in the quarter.

No. 1 Douglass 83, Burke 57: Junior guard Anthony Baglin scored 16 points and Jermaine Bolden added 15 to lead the Ducks to their 38th consecutive victory. Douglass rolled up 51 points in the first 16 minutes to build a commanding, 27-point cushion.

Sophomore forward Oliver Young led Burke (6-6) with 17 and Michael Dunlap had 10. Brandon Russell contributed 14 points for the Ducks, whose last loss was against Southern-Baltimore in the Class 4A North regional quarterfinals in 2001.

Douglass (10-0), the defending state Class 3A champ, will return to Baltimore City League play Tuesday, playing host to No. 3 Lake Clifton. After two decisive victories, Ducks coach Rodney Cofield said his team wanted to show it's worthy of the No. 1 ranking.

Walbrook 60, Samuel Gompers 50: The Warriors (8-4) completed a sweep of New York as five players scored in double figures, led by 15 points from junior Jimmy Conyers.

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