Douglass slips past Lake Clifton, 50-48

Top-ranked Ducks win on Morris' shot at buzzer

Boys basketball

High Schools

January 15, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Devine Morris beat the buzzer with a 10-foot, baseline jumper off a pass from Jermaine Bolden, lifting top-ranked Douglass to yesterday's come-from-behind, 50-48 victory over visiting, eighth-ranked Lake Clifton before a capacity crowd.

The win was the 39th straight for the defending Baltimore City and Class 3A state-champion Ducks (11-0 overall, 6-0 league) and was the third straight loss for the Lakers (8-4, 4-1), whose seven-game winning streak ended with last weekend's loss to then-No. 2 Randallstown.

After a pair of missed free throws by Lake Clifton, Bolden grabbed the rebound and called time with 11 seconds left and the game tied at 48. On the restart, the 5-foot-7 Bolden took Lonnie Embry's inbounds pass from the Lakers' baseline, beat a defender past midcourt and whipped the ball to the right from the top of the key to Morris at the far baseline.

"Jermaine found me low post, and I just thought, `Shoot it,' " said Morris, who finished with 13 points. "It went in, we got the win and showed we're hungry to uphold our reputation."

Down 48-43, Douglass got a three-point play from 6-6 Tre Love (nine points, 10 rebounds) with 1:48 remaining, followed by Love's game-tying, one-handed dunk off Bolden's steal at midcourt.

"The game was tied, so I knew everyone was going to step to me, so I kept dishing it off," said Bolden (11 points, eight assists). "Everybody thinks we're going to lose, but we keep proving people wrong."

The game also was tied at 29 with five minutes left in the third period when Morris sparked a 10-0 run with consecutive layups on court-length runs.

But down 39-29 two minutes prior to the fourth period, the Lakers, led by 6-8 Tavon Nelson (nine points, 12 rebounds), out-scored the Ducks 19-4. Lake Clifton led 48-43 with two minutes left on a putback by Dontae Ridley (13 points).

Ridley's effort had capped an 8-0 run during which respective three-pointers by Paris Carter (12 points) and Damian Wilder gave Lake Clifton its first lead at 46-43 with 4:11 to play.

"You feel badly for losing, but after last weekend, this is a positive," said Lakers coach Herman Harried. "We fought hard. We're a decent team that's getting better."

Lake Clifton was within 9-8 with two minutes left in the first period when Douglass lost two of its starters - 6-3 Embry and 6-7 Charles Brooks - to foul trouble. Although neither returned until the third period, the Lakers, who had a 15-8 advantage in first-quarter rebounds, failed to take advantage.

Morris' buzzer-beating layup gave the Ducks a 13-8 lead entering the second period, in which the Ducks' reserves - led by Anthony Baglen, Brandon Russell and Darrell Clark - grabbed seven of the first eight rebounds.

Clark's defensive rebound was followed by a fast-break feed to Bolden, who beat three defenders for a layup and a 21-17 lead.

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