All-baltimore City/county

BASKETBALL High Schools

March 19, 2003|By DEREK TONEY

BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Maurice Barksdale

Dunbar, senior

Barksdale embodies the grit and toughness that has symbolized the East Baltimore school the past several seasons. The 5-foot-10 guard averaged 20.6 points, 7.7 assists and 3.9 rebounds, and was the stabilizing force for the top-ranked Poets (25-2).

Against defending city and Class 3A state champion Douglass, Barksdale had a season-high 29 points in a 70-57 win at Morgan State. The victory ended Douglass' 46-game winning streak, third longest in area history behind Dunbar's stretches of 59 and 52.

Barksdale had 24 points in a 77-64 win over No. 2 Randallstown at the Basketball Academy at Coppin State, handing the eventual Baltimore County and 3A state semifinalist its lone setback of the regular season. In the 1A state final against Pocomoke last weekend, Barksdale had 23 points in a 72-55 victory, avenging last year's title-game loss to the Eastern Shore school and ending its 38-game winning streak. Barksdale tallied 36 points, seven assists and four steals in two games at the state final four. The Player of the Year in the city league, Barksdale, who has a 3.0 grade point average and 900 SAT score, is being recruited by Baylor, Canisius, Central Connecticut State, Drake, Northern Arizona and Youngstown State.

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

Pat Clatchey

Mount St. Joseph

The tears in Clatchey's eyes after the No. 3 Gaels claimed the Baltimore Catholic League tournament championship at Goucher College were of joy and relief. Clatchey, in his 11th season, has one of the area's most successful tenures, but some wondered whether Mount St. Joseph would ever win the Catholic League title.

Clatchey and the Gaels finally captured the elusive crown, winning the regular-season and tournament championship for the first time in 32 years, and also finished first in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

Mount St. Joseph (29-5) rolled off 17 consecutive wins, including a 63-57 decision at Archbishop Spalding to clinch the Catholic League and MIAA A Conference regular-season title. The streak was ended in the regular-season finale at St. Frances (54-52), but the Gaels knocked off the Panthers in the tournament semifinals at Goucher College, setting up a third matchup with defending tournament champion Spalding.

In its fifth appearance in the final, Mount St. Joseph withstood five shots under the basket by the Cavaliers at the end of the game to emerge with a 49-48 victory.

BOYS FIRST TEAM

Jermaine Bolden

Douglass, junior

Bolden, 5 feet 7, had a huge impact this winter for the city finalists. A transfer from defunct Northern High, he averaged 17.3 points, 4.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds for the Ducks, who were Class 3A North region finalists. Bolden, who had 18 points in the city title game, opened with a season-high 37 in the Ducks' come-from-behind victory over then-defending Washington champion Spingarn at the Baltimore/D.C. challenge.

Terrance Breaux

Randallstown, senior

While teammate Levi Stukes received most of the attention, Breaux etched his mark as an inside force for the three-time Baltimore County champions. The 6-foot-4 forward averaged 11.8 points and 9.6 rebounds for the Rams, who lost in overtime to Chopticon of St. Mary's County in the Class 3A state semifinals on Thursday. Breaux had 17 points and nine rebounds against Chopticon. An All-Baltimore County first-team pick, Breaux, along with brother Tommy, will play football next season for the University of Buffalo.

Paris Carter

Lake Clifton, junior

Carter was the offensive catalyst for the city champions. The 6-foot-4 swing player averaged a team-high 15.8 points and 8.8 rebounds for the No. 4 Lakers, who dethroned Douglass for the city title before their season ended in the Class 4A state semifinals against Prince George's County power Oxon Hill. His game-winning half-court shot at the buzzer in overtime stunned Mervo in the 4A North regional title game. He had a game-high 20 points in the Lakers' 50-49 triumph in the city title.

Paul Frazier

Mervo, senior

After a slow start, Frazier was again one of the best performers in the area. The 6-foot-4 forward averaged 18.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists for the No. 8 Mustangs. A repeat All-City/County first-team selection, Frazier will play in the City/Suburban All-Star contest preceding the Charm City Challenge next month at Towson University.

Tavon Nelson

Lake Clifton, senior

A 6-foot-6 forward, Nelson did all the dirty work this winter for the city champions. He averaged 11.9 points and 12.1 rebounds for Lake Clifton, which claimed its first city championship since the 1994-95 season, scoring the final basket in a 50-49 come-from-behind victory over Douglass. Despite a 71-58 loss to eventual Class 4A state champion Oxon Hill in the state semifinals on Thursday, Nelson, a second-team All-City/County pick last winter, had a game-high 15 rebounds.

Kyle O'Connor

Mount St. Joseph, senior

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