Barksdale's late layup lifts City All-Stars over County

Dunbar MVP helps team hold on for 93-92 victory

Basketball

High Schools

March 22, 2003|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

An exhibition arguably provided one of the most thrilling conclusions of the basketball season as the City defeated the Baltimore County All-Stars, 93-92, last night at Dunbar.

On his home court, Dunbar guard Maurice Barksdale converted a layup with 13 seconds remaining, saving a City squad that blew a 20-point lead. Barksdale, who was selected the Baltimore City/County Player of the Year earlier in the week, had 15 points to earn Most Valuable Player honors.

"It felt good because I had a lot of fan support," said Barksdale, who led the Poets to the Class 1A state championship and the area's No. 1 ranking. "I had to come through."

Randallstown's Levi Stukes and James Russo of Dulaney each had 15 points to lead the County squad. Russo earned team MVP honors.

After a timeout following Barksdale's score, County turned the ball over. With 9.4 seconds left, Frazier failed to convert on a one-and-one situation at the foul line, giving the County one more shot. But Parkville's Terry Hosely lost the ball on a drive to the basket.

The City built a 78-58 lead before Stukes and Loch Raven's Matt Stevenson sparked a comeback. A pair of three-pointers by Stevenson and two free throws by Stukes brought County to within 88-87 with 2:07 left.

A rebound and basket by Kyle Garrison (Lake Clifton) gave City a 90-87 advantage, but County scored the next five points, a run capped by Stukes' free throw with 20.2 seconds left.

After Thompson missed a free throw with 18.1 seconds left, but Lonnie Embry (Douglass) got the loose ball and passed to Barksdale, who ducked under a would-be County defender before converting.

In the earlier girls game, Dunbar's Ashley Chase earned Most Valuable Player honors for the City squad after an 81-51 victory.

"It was kind of a surprise," said Chase, a 5-6 guard who helped the Poets to a fourth consecutive state championship last weekend. "It was a team effort ... anyone could've gotten it."

Chase led all scorers with 13 points with Western's Janell Hughes chipping in 12. Parkville guard Deshonda Barton had 12 points for the County All-Stars, garnering MVP honors.

Boys

City 93, County 92

CO-Handy (Catonsville) 2, Carter (Owings Mills) 4, Stukes (Randallstown) 15, Russo (Dulaney) 15, Te. Breaux (Randallstown) 2, Hosely (Parkville) 5, Lashley (Western Tech) 4, Carter-Bey (Randallstown) 2, Rohe (Towson) 7, Thomas (Pikesville) 4, Foreman (Pikesville) 6, Hickson (Woodlawn) 4, McKay (Eastern Tech) 2, To. Breaux (Randallstown) 3, Stevenson (Loch Raven) 12. Totals 33 16-22 92. CI-Barksdale (Dunbar) 15, Wooden (Carver) 7, Frazier (Mervo) 11, Wilder (Lake Clifton) 14, Russell (Douglass) 2, Embry (Douglass) 6, Walker (Southern-B) 2, Garrison (Lake Clifton) 7, McLaughlin (Edmondson) 6, Brooks (Douglass) 3, Thompson (Dunbar) 11. Totals 39 9-30 93. Half: CI, 43-37.

Girls

City 81, County 51

CO-Jeter (Milford Mill) 3, Barton (Parkville) 12, Cheatham (Milford Mill) 6, Johnson (Randallstown) 5, Eke (Dulaney) 2, Bellamy (Eastern Tech) 4, Clipp (Catonsville) 4, Hall (Lansdowne) 2, Wasserbach (Catonsville) 4, Vecchioni (Perry Hall) 2, Entwisle (Loch Raven) 5, Allen (Hereford) 2. Totals 18 12-21 51. CI-Price (Dunbar) 6, Woody (Dunbar) 3, Dixon (Western) 2, Curtis (Southside) 2, Chase (Dunbar) 13, Jones (Dunbar) 10, Faison (Mervo) 2, Smith (Southwestern) 3, Green (Edmondson) 11, Brooks (Western) 1, Dowdy (Carver) 6, Johnson (Southside) 4, Timmons (Walbrook) 5. Totals 36 5-8 81. Half: CI, 32-25.

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