16-5 run sends Friendly to 3A state title

Bennett claims 2A crown

Oxon Hill is tops in 4A

Boys basketball

High Schools

March 16, 2003|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLLEGE PARK - Friendly of Prince George's County won the Class 3A boys basketball state championship yesterday by defeating Chopticon, 66-57, at the University of Maryland's Comcast Center.

Junior center Sam Young scored a game-high 23 points and had nine rebounds for the Patriots (25-1), ranked No. 2 in the Washington area, and Trevan Jackson contributed 18 points.

Chopticon (20-3), which had knocked off the area's No. 1 team, Randallstown, in Thursday's semifinals, got 19 points from T.J. Carter. Charles Carter added 18 points and eight rebounds.

Young scored nine straight points in the second quarter as the Patriots outscored the St. Mary's County school 16-5 to turn a 20-19 deficit into a 35-25 halftime lead. The Patriots never trailed again, leading by as many as 16 points in the third quarter.

It was first state title since 1998 for the Fort Washington school, which defeated Annapolis for the East region championship.

Class 2A

James M. Bennett 56, Central 52: Steve Parham had a game-high 18 points and 14 rebounds, leading the Clippers of Wicomico County to their first state crown.

With the Clippers clinging to a 53-51 lead, Parham hit a turnaround jumper in the lane with 25.4 seconds remaining. A free throw by Central's Timothy Gray cut the lead to 55-52 before Alfred Little converted the back end of a bonus one-and-one with 7.2 seconds left.

John Holmes added 16 points and 10 rebounds for James M. Bennett.

Uchenna Nwokorie had 12 points for Central, which lost for the second consecutive year in the state title game. The Falcons defeated No. 20 Southern-Baltimore in the semifinals Friday night.

Class 4A

Oxon Hill 50, Magruder 40: The Clippers (22-3), who handled No. 4 Lake Clifton in the semifinals, held the Colonels (22-4) scoreless for nearly nine minutes in the second half to build a 44-30 advantage on the way to winning their second 4A title.

Magruder got nine points each from Brandon Giles and Richard Smith. The Colonels, making their third consecutive final four appearance, defeated No. 10 Glen Burnie in Thursday's semifinal.

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