Lansdowne is left reeling, 84-58

Powerful Friendly rocks Vikings in title game

Class 2A state boys basketball

High Schools

March 14, 2004|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLLEGE PARK - The clock struck midnight for Lansdowne last night, as the No. 15 Vikings' big season ended with an 84-58 loss to Friendly in the state Class 2A championship game at Comcast Center.

Hoping to become the first Baltimore County team other than Randallstown to win a state title since Milford Mill in 1994, Lansdowne finished 22-5.

"This is probably the first time I've ever smiled after a game we've lost," said Vikings coach Doug Goff. "After seeing everything, getting the awards, realizing where we are at and what we've accomplished, I'm really happy with the season."

Lansdowne had been 16-0 against 2A competition, including a win on Friday over South Hagerstown in the semifinals, but was simply no match for the Prince George's County school, ranked No. 2 in the Washington area and regarded as the top public school team in the state.

The Patriots (25-2) earned their second straight championship - they won the 3A crown last season.

Lloyd Phillips led Friendly with a game-high and tournament-best 36 points, and senior center Sam Young had 20 points and nine rebounds. Chris Gilliam had a double double for Lansdowne with 14 points and 14 rebounds, with Barry Cornish adding a team-high 17 points.

"We were focused, but they were better than us," said Cornish. "They were more athletic. The better team won, but we gave a good effort."

It was disappointing conclusion for Cornish (nine rebounds), a 6-foot-5 senior forward who missed most of last season with a knee injury as the Vikings lost to Southern-Baltimore in the North region final. Lansdowne took the next step this winter, advancing to the county final (a loss to Woodlawn) and winning a regional championship.

But against Friendly, which brought an 18-game winning streak into last night's game, Lansdowne was David to the Patriots' Goliath.

Goff said he took the Vikings to see the movie Miracle, the story of the U.S. hockey team's run to the gold medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics, after beating Edmondson in the regional final last weekend.

"We wanted to try to get inside and get Young in foul trouble," said Gilliam, one of four graduating seniors in the starting lineup. "Sometimes, things get in the way."

That obstacle was the 5-foot-8 Phillips, who had five three-pointers en route to a 13-for-18 shooting performance. His 36 points tied for seventh best in state tournament history.

The Patriots took a 17-8 first-quarter lead, then pushed it to double digits on a rebound and basket by reserve Brian Blake.

Gilliam brought the Vikings within 19-10 before Friendly went on a 12-2 run to extend the margin to 31-12. The Patriots took their biggest lead of the half at 41-17 after a basket by Phillips.

FRIENDLY-Young 20, Howard 8, Ragland 2, Phillips 36, Hampton 4, Conyers 3, Blake 2, Jack 7, Wright 2. Totals 32 14-25 84. LANSDOWNE-Cornish 17, Jarboe 5, Gilliam 14, Carter 5, Brown 9, Bell 4, Green 1, Clevenger 1, McIntyre 2. Totals 18 21-28 58. Half: F 32-19.

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