Suburban chemistry gets potent reaction

Strong team play sparks 118-89 rout of City stars

High Schools

April 14, 2003|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Chemistry is a word not often associated with an all-star basketball game. That wasn't the case yesterday as the Suburban All-Stars routed the City All-Stars, 118-89, in the preliminary game at the Charm City Challenge at Towson Center.

"We were more team-oriented. They tried to do a lot of one-on-one. We gave the ball to the open man," said Calvert Hall guard Jack McClinton. "I don't think anyone expected us to score 100 points. We play unselfish and got the victory."

Pikesville's Malcolm Thomas led the Suburban All-Stars with 16 points, with St. Maria Goretti guard Derrick Davis adding 15 and five assists. McClinton and Randallstown's Tommy Breaux had 14 points. All-Metro guard Paul Frazier from Mervo had a game-high 20 points for the City squad.

Thomas and McClinton had a great on-court bond. They met a couple of months ago at the Towson YMCA through Loyola High guard Essien Ford and immediately became friends. They also shared another connection, being two of the area's underrated performers.

McClinton, a 5-foot-9 guard, was a bright spot in an otherwise dismal season for Calvert Hall, which suffered a rare losing season. McClinton shared time in the backcourt with Gary Neal, who was the Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Year at La Salle this season.

"Last year, I had Gary Neal and he deservedly got a lot of attention," said McClinton, who said he will likely attend prep school next season. "This year, I got the chance to step up and show everybody what I can do."

A 6-foot-3 guard/forward, Thomas was selected All-Baltimore County by the league's coaches but was relatively unknown outside Baltimore County. He and McClinton left their marks in their final high school games yesterday.

"We battled each and every day to get ourselves ready for the next level," said Thomas, who's receiving interest from North Carolina A&T and High Point. "In a short amount of time, we've developed a great relationship."

The Suburban led 34-17 after the opening period on the strength of a 12-0 run. Thomas, who started along with McClinton, Ford (11 points), Tommy and Terrance Breaux, scored eight of his team's first 11 points.

A three-pointer by Davis gave the Suburban squad its largest first-half lead at 61-31. The period ended at 63-41, and the City All-Stars closed to within 16 points in the third quarter before All-Met Josh Johnson from Annapolis and Long Reach's Jared Bradford combined for 10 points in a 12-2 surge that made the margin 83-57.

Thomas, who scored his team's first basket, put the Suburban at the 100-point mark with a layup after trying a double-pump dunk. Later, McClinton missed a dunk try, but Thomas was there for the follow-up and a 37-point cushion.

"We told them we had two goals: We wanted to play hard and we wanted to play unselfish," said Suburban coach Pat Clatchley of Mount St. Joseph. "If we did those things, we thought we would be successful."

Said McClinton: "We had only two practices, but everyone was there, so I knew we were going to have a lot of chemistry."

Douglass' Charles Brooks had 14 points and six rebounds for the City team. Derrick Brooks (St. Frances) added 11 and a game-high six assists.

CITY--Frazier (Mervo) 20, D. Brooks (St. Frances) 11, Fair (Mount St. Joseph) 10, C. Brooks (Douglass) 14, Embry (Douglass) 5, Williams (Mervo) 8, O'Connor (Mount St. Joseph) 7, Thompson (Dunbar) 4, Jenkins (Gibbons) 2, Russell (Douglass) 6, Scroggins (St. Frances) 2. Totals 37-80 9-16 89. SUBURBAN--Thomas (Pikesville) 16, Ter. Breaux 10 (Randallstown), To. Breaux (Randallstown) 14, Ford (Loyola) 11, McClinton (Calvert Hall) 14, Bradford (Long Reach) 9, Rozanski (Glenelg Country) 12, Davis (Goretti) 15, Gross (Southern-AA) 6, Douglass (Spalding) 5, Johnson (Annapolis) 6. Totals 53-103 3-10 118.

Half: Suburban, 63-41.

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