Spalding subdues Lake Clifton

No. 1 Cavaliers rebound, 59-49, in Academy game

Boys basketball

High Schools

January 11, 2004|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

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.

After Lake Clifton got to within 42-40 in the fourth quarter, Spalding scored on eight consecutive possessions to pull away.

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