Douglass makes point early, often

Ducks hold Randallstown scoreless into 2nd quarter

19-0 run sparks 77-45 win

Boys basketball

High Schools

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

The past couple of seasons, Douglass and Randallstown have met in some highly anticipated postseason contests. The meeting last night at Morgan State's Hill Field House lost all of its dazzle in the opening minutes.

Douglass recorded the first 19 points, and the No. 14 Rams didn't score until the second quarter, paving the way to a 77-45 decision for the No. 6 Ducks. Douglass coach Rodney Cofield was surprised with the relative ease his team won.

"I think they were a little tired." Cofield said. "Dunbar was a big game for them yesterday [Friday] and coming back today [yesterday], and us not playing since Thursday probably had something to do with it. Our guys were real pumped up and wanted to play hard."

In 2002, Douglass bested then-defending Class 3A state champions in a matchup of 25-0 squads, winning the North regional championship. The Ducks went on to claim the state title and a 28-0 campaign. Last winter, Randallstown returned to the West Baltimore school and reclaimed the regional title.

Though another matchup in the North region is possible in the coming weeks, Douglass (7-2) may have the upper hand after last night. The Rams (5-4), who lost to No. 10 Dunbar on Friday evening, were quite lethargic as Douglass built a 22-point lead at halftime.

"We"re not a Top 20 team, and don't expect a lot from us." said Randallstown coach Kim Rivers, whose team lost back-to-back games for the first time in his nine-year tenure. "Hopefully, we can get better as the season goes on. But right now, if these guys don't come together as an unit, it's going to be a real long season."

Junior guard Troy Smith scored 14 points to lead five double-digit scorers for Douglass. 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 remain ing in the second quarter. Doug lass 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 last Tuesday's loss to Dunbar.

"We just wanted to redeemed ourselves." said Bolden, whose team beat Dulaney Thursday. ' We just wanted to show last year [loss to Randallstown] was a fluke."

several key games this winter, the Warriors (6-3) established a lead and finished strong. 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.

'For a change, we weren't down by 14 or 16 points at half time as we"ve been for the last couple of ballgames." said Walbrook coach Kelvin Bridges, whose team lost to Oxon Hill of Prince George's County on Friday night. "I thought we played resilient, and were a little more intelligent about finishing the ball game."

The Warriors had a seven-point lead with under three min utes remaining, but a layup by Lancaster pulled Northwestern to within 75-73 with 1:32 remain ing. Lawson converted three free throws for a 78-73 advantage with 22.9 seconds left. A layup by Lancaster made it 78-75.

Charles Dixon brought North western 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.

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