Boys basketball state semifinals

High Schools

March 13, 2003|By Lem Satterfield, Pat O'Malley and Jeff Zrebiec

(At Comcast Center, College Park)

Class 4A

No. 10 Glen Burnie (19-5) vs. Magruder (21-3)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Making its fourth trip to the final four but first since 1994, Glen Burnie was the unlikely winner of the Class 4A East region. The Gophers pulled off the upset by winning, 70-69, at heavily favored Thomas Johnson in Frederick. The 70 points were exactly what they averaged per game this season, but tonight they face a team that gave up a school-record-low 48.9 points a game. A tenacious man-to-man defense led by 6-foot-4 senior Julius Redd and three-point shooting are the strengths of the Colonels from Montgomery County. Magruder is making its third straight trip to the state semifinals, having won the 4A state title in 2001. Looking for their first state title, the Gophers are led by junior G Mitch Guest (22.2 ppg), followed by Antonio Sherrod (12.1 ppg) and 6-7, 330-pound Brandon Albert (10.7 ppg). Magruder scored 65.7 points per game and is led by G Brandon Giles (13.9 ppg) and F Pedro Argueta (10.0 ppg). The Colonels hit a school-record 186 three-pointers, an average of 7.8 per game. Glen Burnie gives up 53.4 points per outing.

No. 4 Lake Clifton (19-4) vs. Oxon Hill (20-3)

When: Today, 9 p.m.

Outlook: Lake Clifton is making its fourth state semifinal appearance -- its third under sixth-year coach Herman Harried. Led by 6-7 Tavon Nelson (12 ppg, 12 rpg), 6-8 Kyle Garrison (8 ppg, 6 rpg) and 6-4 Paris Carter (16 ppg, 8 rpg), the Lakers have won 12 straight, including the Baltimore City championship game. "We've won at the buzzer, lost at the buzzer, been a second-half team," said Harried, whose Lakers scored a buzzer-beating win over Oxon Hill for the Class 4A crown in 1999. "We play to win, not to impress, but I'm sure [Oxon Hill] will be prepared." Prince George's County's Oxon Hill, ranked No. 3 in the Washington area, last won a state title in 2000. It ousted last year's 4A state champion, Roosevelt, 53-40, in the region final. The Clippers are led by F Frank Gerald (15 ppg), F Demario Anderson (11 ppg), Chris Pugh (10 ppg) and Rashaud Nixon (8 ppg). Their defense limited Roosevelt to seven field goals in the second half, as the Clippers out-scored it, 15-2, in the third period.

Class 3A

No. 1 Randallstown (21-1) vs. Chopticon (19-2)

When: Today, 5 p.m.

Outlook: Randallstown dispatched defending 3A state champion Douglass in last week's North region title game. Now, eighth-year coach Kim Rivers takes the Rams into their sixth final four appearance in his tenure, the first since winning their second state crown in 2001. G Levi Stukes (26 ppg, 6 rpg, 6 apg) "has carried us on his coattails," Rivers said, but others such as 6-7 Thomas Breaux (12 ppg, 8 rpg) and 6-4 Terrance Breaux (14 ppg, 10 rpg) are playing well. St. Mary's County's Chopticon, 12th-ranked in the Washington area, takes a 16-game winning streak into its second straight state semifinal berth, and returns the bulk of its players from a squad that lost, 105-74, to Douglass in last year's semifinals. The Braves' T.J. Carter, who had 30 points against Douglass last year, totaled 104 points in three regional games. Chopticon's Terrance Reaves, Jonathan Pease and Charles Carter all stand 6-7 or higher, and can shoot well from the perimeter.

Class 2A

No. 20 Southern-B (15-8) vs. Central (14-10)

When: Tomorrow, 9 p.m.

Outlook: First-year head coach Michael Wise had been an assistant to Meredith Smith for 14 years until Smith stepped down after 28 seasons and three state championships -- the last in '96. And the undersized Bulldogs, whose tallest players are 6-2 Reggie Holmes (18 ppg, 6 rpg), 6-2 Sheldon Walker (9 ppg, 9 rpg) and 6-2 Sean Cox (5 ppg, 10 rpg), are right where Wise thought they would be. `The teams we lost to [early] were top 10 teams, but I felt after taking the hits, we'd be there," said Wise, who credits G Jerell Green (18 ppg, 7 rpg, 11 apg) and G Trinnie Hayes (10 ppg, 4 rpg, 7 apg) for leading a team that starts one senior. Prince George's County's Central, last year's 2A runner-up, is led by 6-3 Christopher Henderson (15 ppg, 9 rpg), 6-1 Terrence Norris, 6-2 Jamar Spruill (10.8 ppg) and 6-4 Uchenna Nwokorie.

Class 1A

No. 2 Dunbar (23-2) vs. Havre de Grace (17-6)

When: Tomorrow, 5 p.m.

Outlook: Even though both are 1A teams, this game certainly has a David vs. Goliath feel. Dunbar will bring to College Park a nine-game winning streak, two of the best players in the area in senior G Maurice Barksdale (22 ppg, 8 apg) and senior G Herman Hayes (17 ppg), and a storied tradition. The Poets have won seven state titles -- the most recent in 2001 -- and will be making their 10th trip to the state semifinals. Havre de Grace is making its 11th appearance in the state semifinals, but has won only once. The Warriors, led by versatile senior forwards Richie Johnson (16.5 ppg, 10 rpg) and Richard Simpson (11 ppg), flourish in transition. If the Poets can get the ball inside to 6-10 C Michael Thompson, who will have a decided height advantage inside, it could be a long afternoon for the Warriors.

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