Douglass tops Linganore in semifinals

Sluggish at times, Ducks move to state final, 72-58

Class 3A boys basketball

High Schools

March 12, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Many Linganore fans sitting behind the Douglass bench at yesterday's Class 3A state semifinals wore buttons that flashed with a red light and said "Go Lancers."

The Ducks one-upped them by pinning a red light on the Frederick team's season - ending it with a 72-58 victory at Comcast Center.

The Ducks will meet Gwynn Park, a 73-44 semifinal winner over McDonough, for the title at 3 p.m. tomorrow. Douglass won its only state title in 2002. Gywnn Park has won 10 state titles but none since 1988. The Yellow Jackets defeated Douglass by three points earlier this season.

The No. 10 Ducks (22-5) started slowly and finished slowly but dominated the middle two quarters of a game that was decided by transition baskets off 21 Linganore turnovers.

"Transition is important to us," said Douglas coach Rodney Coffield. "We want to get up and down, and Linganore wasn't getting back on defense and gave us some easy baskets."

Linganore (22-4) led 14-13 after a first quarter that ended with a dunk by 6-foot-6 Lancers center Joe Alexander, who finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

"We underestimated them," said Douglass guard Jermaine Bolden. "Then we found out they were slower than us and couldn't get back."

Douglas outscored Linganore 25-8 in the second quarter to break the game open.

Tre Love scored the first five points of that quarter for Douglass, and Anthony Baglin and reserves Antoine Smithson and Charles Connelly each sank three-point baskets.

"The bench definitely helped us out," Coffield said. "We are pretty deep."

Love led Douglas with 19 points, 14 rebounds, three blocked shots and shot 8-for-14 from the floor. Tony Smith scored 15 points.

Bolden had 14 points, five assists, six rebounds and three steals. He was also 6-for-6 at the foul line - all of them down the stretch after Linganore mounted a significant fourth-quarter comeback with a 15-2 run that cut the lead to 62-54 with 1:28 to play.

D-Smith 15, Love 19, Morris 4, Baglin 5, Bolden 14, Connelly 4, Smithson 3, Jackson 4, Ridgeley 4. Totals 29 11-19 72. L-Jackson 15, Harker 4, Alexander 22, Seamans 4, Hayes 7, Cook 4, Hess 2. Totals 22 11-12 58. Half: D, 38-22.

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