Archbishop Spalding senior Jesse Brooks admitted he didn't have much to say to his friends on the Lake Clifton roster before last night's meeting at Morgan State's Hill Field House. After the top-ranked Cavaliers lost to Eleanor Roosevelt on Thursday, any friendly trash talk would look foolish.
The Cavaliers let their play do the talking, bouncing back with a 59-49 triumph over the No. 9 Lakers at the Basketball Academy. Spalding travels to No. 13 Towson Catholic this afternoon, completing a seven-day stretch during which the Cavaliers played four ranked area teams.
"Tough week, but it's a player's schedule," said Brooks, who finished with 11 points.
All-Metro forward Rudy Gay scored a game-high 21 points for the Cavaliers (11-2). Parris Carter led Lake Clifton (7-3) with 17.
Brooks and Gay played on the Cecil Kirk Amateur Athletic Union team with Carter and Chester Frazier. Frazier, a second-team All-Baltimore City/County guard, had only one field goal last night, finishing with five points, as the Cavaliers slowed him with a box-and-one defense.
"You got to give them credit, they came to play," Frazier said. "The box-in-one was unexpected, and we weren't prepared for that. We just had a bad night."
After Lake Clifton got to within 42-40 in the fourth quarter, Spalding scored on eight consecutive possessions to pull away.
No. 10 Dunbar 77, Oxon Hill 73: Craig Singletary scored six of his game-high 24 points in overtime, lifting the Poets (7-1) past defending Class 4A state champion Oxon Hill of Prince George's County in the finale.
Byron Roundtree had 17 and Barry Jenifer added 15 for Dunbar.
Roundtree's three-point play in overtime put Dunbar ahead 74-69 with1:52 remaining. Robert Robinson brought Oxon Hill, ranked No. 2 by The Washington Post, to within 74-71 but got no closer. Robinson led Oxon Hill with 26 points, and senior forward Frank Gerald contributed 16.
No. 6 Douglass 77, No. 14 Randallstown 45: The Ducks (7-2) scored the game's first 19 points, and the Rams (5-4) didn't score until the second quarter, paving the way to an easy decision in a rematch of last year's 3A North regional final.
Junior guard Troy Smith led five double-digit scorers for Douglass with 14 points. Darryl Clarke had 13 and All-Metro guard Jermaine Bolden finished with 11. Junior forward Shamar Davis led Randallstown with 10.
The Rams didn't score their first point until a free throw by Melvin Alaeze with 5:27 remaining in the second quarter. Douglass had its largest lead of the first half at 30-5 after a three-pointer by Antione Smithson (10 points).
Bolden said the Ducks needed to rebound strong after Tuesday's loss to Dunbar.
"We just wanted to redeemed ourselves," said Bolden, whose team beat Dulaney on Thursday. "...We just wanted to show last year [loss to Randallstown] was a fluke."
No. 3 Walbrook 80, Northwestern-PG 77: After playing from behind in several key games this winter, the Warriors (6-3) established a lead and held on. Velmar Coleman scored 21 points and Dustin Lawson contributed 19 for Walbrook.
Georgetown-bound forward Jeff Green led Northwestern with a game-high 32 points and Chaise Lancaster had 10. Lancaster missed an off-balance three-point attempt as time expired.
Charles Dixon brought Northwestern to within 78-77 with two free throws with 11.9 seconds, but Lawson responded with two of his own with 8.5 seconds left.
No. 5 Southern-Baltimore 61, Howard 47: The Bulldogs remained unbeaten as Reginold Holmes poured in a game-high 21 points. Nicholas Woodard and Brandon Moore added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Jamar Robinson led Howard with 13 and Ron Mann had 11.
Mervo 54, No. 16 Lansdowne 51: Junior guard Spencer Williams had 12 points, rallying the Mustangs past the Vikings, who relinquished a nine-point halftime lead.
Donald Spence chipped in 11 points for Mervo. Senior forward Barry Cornish led all scorers with 22 for Lansdowne, and Greg Brown and Chris Gilliam each had 11.