Southern dethrones Randallstown

Rams' quest for 3 in row halted in 63-62 nightcap

Dunbar, Douglass prevail

Unseld Classic

December 27, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Southern of Baltimore City used balanced scoring from Nick Woodward, Trannie Hayes and Jerrell Green with 13 points each, along with clutch free-throw shooting and defensive pressure down the stretch to overcome a taller Randallstown squad, 63-62, in last night's final game at the 18th annual Wes Unseld Classic at CCBC-Catonsville.

DeShawn Williams contributed 11 points in a victory that kept the 14th-ranked Bulldogs (5-0) unbeaten entering tonight's semifinal against No. 6 Dunbar (3-0).

Dominick Venable (13 points) and Shamar Davis (16) led No. 13 Randallstown (2-2), which was after its third straight title in the tournament. It was a three-pointer by Davis that tied the game for the sixth and final time at 58-58 with 1:10 to play.

"I was on him most of the time. He [Davis] is a tough player who came out and made his shots," said Green, a senior. "But we played hard and we came out of here with the win."

Green (8-for-10 from the line) played a major role. His pair of free throws tied the game at 55 with 3:13 to play, and another foul shot by Green gave Southern a 59-58 lead a minute left.

But Green also credited Woodward, Devin Goode and Regionold Holmes. Goode's steal for a layup had the Bulldogs up 57-55 with 2:16 left; Woodward also made a steal, after which he was fouled and converted for a 61-58 advantage. Holmes (4-for-4 from the line) did the same for a 63-60 lead with nine seconds to play.

"They were big, tall and athletic," Hayes said. "My man Nick came up with a couple of good steals, Reggie hit shots, DeShawn challenged on the boards. We played our hearts out."

No. 6 Dunbar 84, Chesapeake-AA 36: Barry Jenifer and Craig Singletary finished with 16 points each, and Camontae Griffin (13 points) and Nathan Irby (11) also scored in double figures as the Poets ran their record to 3-0 in a rout.

Byron Roundtree scored seven of his nine points in the first period for the Poets, who led 33-10 after the first quarter, 50-20 at halftime and 70-27 entering the fourth.

Jeff Cottman (13 points) had three three-pointers for the Cougars (1-4).

No. 7 Douglass 59, Owings Mills 55: The Ducks of Baltimore City built a 47-36 lead heading into the fourth period, where they were outscored 19-12 but hung on to defeat their rivals from Baltimore County.

Antoine Smithson scored six of his 12 points in the fourth period, and Troy Smith contributed seven of his 10 points in the third quarter, as Douglass ran its record to 3-1 in yesterday's 3 p.m. first-round game.

Anthony Baglin and Darryl Clarke scored nine and eight points, respectively, for the Ducks, who got contributions from 10 of the 12 players on the roster.

For Owings Mills (3-3), Zack Agen-Davis and Kevin Timmons scored 15 each and Julian Bradley added 12.

Northwestern 65, Milford Mill 53: The Wildcats' Pat Seymore made seven of his eight free throws and hit a couple of three-pointers in scoring his game-high 21 points against the Millers (3-2) of Baltimore County in the 4:45 p.m. contest.

Freshman guards Reggie Forbes and Jeremy Robinson contributed eight points each and combined to go 6-for-11 from the free-throw line, and 6-9 center Demetrius Phillips contributed 12 points and was a force under the basket for the Wildcats (1-2).

Corday Lee (14 points) and Andrew White (13) led the Millers, who were ahead 18-15 after the first quarter but trailed 31-25 at halftime.

"We hadn't practiced since Dec. 21 because I gave them off for the holidays, so I think we came out a little sluggish," said Northwestern coach Doug Robertson. "I didn't think we played well early, but, hopefully, that's behind us."

The Wildcats will meet Douglass in today's 6:15 p.m. semifinal.

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