Mervo's C. Frazier steps up in 54-51 win

His three-pointer brings curtain down on Walbrook

Boys basketball

High Schools

January 24, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

After being victimized by visiting Walbrook's suffocating defense throughout most of the game, Mervo's Chester Frazier finally had room to breathe.

And Frazier used it to hit a three-pointer with 20 seconds left to give his host 10th-ranked Mustangs a three-point lead en route to a 54-51 Baltimore City League non-division victory yesterday.

"It was a guard-forward exchange, and [Antwon Lawrence] got me the pass," said Frazier, a 6-foot-1 guard who finished with eight points, nine rebounds and seven assists. "I was open and just shot it. It's unreal that it went in."

Frazier's pair of free throws with four seconds left finished the scoring in a game that was tied seven times.

Walbrook coach Kelvin Bridgers praised his defense for limiting Chester and Paul Frazier (no relation) to a combined 13 points after they had scored 15 and 10, respectively, in Tuesday's loss to seventh-ranked Lake Clifton.

"Our strategy was to take them out of the ballgame, and we did that" Bridgers said. "We played great defense, but Chester made a great play. That's what great players do."

The Fraziers got help from Lawrence (13 points, nine rebounds), Antwan Williams (13 points) and Travis Moody (three points, seven rebounds).

In addition, James Cook sank three of his team's four three-pointers during a 12-0 run as Mervo built an 11-point lead during the third period. But No. 15 Walbrook closed the period with a 15-4 run, tying the game at 38 entering the fourth.

"I knew they wouldn't just go and die against us," said coach Daryl Wade, whose Mustangs are 11-4. "It's the toughest league in Baltimore. We bang on each other day in, day out. You know that any team can beat any other team on any given night."

The loss was yet another heartbreaker for Walbrook (10-6), which has led at the half in all but one its games, having suffered all six of its losses within the game's final two minutes.

In victory, the Mustangs overcame excellent efforts by Walbrook's Velmar Coleman (game-high 23 points) and Edward Tyson and Jimmy Conyers, who scored 10 points apiece.

Bridgers will return to practice today knowing that his squad, comprised of one senior, six sophomores and six juniors, easily could be undefeated.

"We've been in every game and we had a chance to win this one, as well," said Bridgers. "Coach Wade has a very good basketball program, but I think we'll be a much better team and possibly peak at playoff time.

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