Douglass claims crown in 2 OTs

Recent history repeats as Smith-led Ducks top Gwynn Park on late shots

Class 3A state boys basketball

High Schools

March 14, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Two years ago, Troy Smith cheered on older brother Tyler from the Cole Field House stands as the senior led Douglass to a Class 3A state championship victory - the school's first crown - over Gwynn Park of Prince George's County.

"They went 28-0 and he was All-Metro Player of the Year," said Troy Smith, now a junior at Douglass. "I remember how excited he was, and I remember thinking back then that I wanted to be a part of something like that one day."

Last night, the 6-foot-2 forward made his own history against Gwynn Park in another 3A title game, this one at Comcast Center. Troy Smith's game-high 30 points and team-high 10 rebounds led the 10th-ranked Ducks over the Yellow Jackets, 66-65, in double overtime for the crown.

The Ducks trailed 65-63 with 3.8 seconds left when Smith was fouled while converting a pass from DeVine Morris (nine points, six rebounds). Smith, who had five points at halftime, made the free throw to complete a 12-for-14 afternoon at the line. He vowed to call Tyler, now at DePaul University, and brag.

"Tyler's little brother - that's all I've been called for the last couple of years," said Smith, who shares the same, hazel-colored eyes as his brother and is often believed to be his twin. "I wanted to come out and make a name for myself and that's what I did."

Tre Love (15 points, nine rebounds) and Jermaine Bolden (11 points, five rebounds, four assists) contributed to a victory that avenged a regular-season loss and ended Gwynn Park's 12-game winning streak.

Ten-time state champion Gwynn Park (21-6), which last won the crown in 1988, lost its fourth title game since 1999.

But Douglass (23-5) had blown golden chances in the closing moments of regulation and the first four-minute overtime. Tied at 47 with 12 seconds left in regulation, Bolden dribbled the ball up the court and missed a short-range, buzzer-beating attempt.

The Ducks led 57-55 with 21.5 seconds left in the first overtime when Smith grabbed a defensive rebound and forced a pass that was intercepted by Lamar Hyson near halfcourt. Hyson tied the game with a driving layup in traffic.

Douglass regained possession with 11 seconds left, but consecutive jumpers by Bolden and Anthony Baglin fell short

Douglass failed on four possessions in the second overtime, when Gwynn Park led by as many as five points. But after being awarded possession on a jump ball with 12.2 seconds left, Ducks coach Rodney Coffield called time out to set up the game-winning sequence.

"The play was to shoot the three-pointer or penetrate to get fouled or shoot a layup," said Morris, who had eight of Douglass' 18 third-quarter points to turn a 21-16 halftime deficit into a 34-29 lead early in the fourth. "But I saw Troy by himself. He had been hitting all game. So I dumped it and he got off a good shot."

Gwynn Park's 12th-year coach, Steve Matthews, lamented the foul call that sent Smith to the line for the last time.

"How the heck can you make a call like that?" asked Matthews, whose Yellow Jackets beat Douglass, 60-53, on Dec. 12. "I don't want to hear any of that `You'll be back next year ... ' "

DOUGLASS-Smith 30, Love 15, Bolden 11, Morris 9, Baglin 1. Totals: 21 23-33 66. GWYNN PARK-White 3, K. Smith 2, Diggs 11, Allmond 12, Spencer 15, Ashton 16, Hyson 6. Totals: 24 10-23 65. Half: GP, 21-16.

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