U.S. beats Baltimore in Charm City

Local stars score just 12 in 3rd quarter, fall, 98-79

April 05, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

After playing the star-studded U.S. team to a stalemate in the first half yesterday, things fell apart for the Baltimore All-Stars in the third period, leading to a 98-79 defeat in the fourth Marines Charm City Challenge for boys basketball at Towson University.

The loss evened the series at two wins apiece in front of 1,500 fans.

All-tournament selections Isaiah Swann of Chatham, Va., and Cheyenne Moore of South Kent, Conn., led six U.S. players in double digits as the team shot 43.7 percent (38-for-87) from the field. The Baltimore stars hit 32 of 92 from the field (34.8 percent), including only 13 of 39 (33 percent) in the second half.

"It's only an all-star game, and I told the kids that no matter what happened they didn't lose," said Glen Burnie coach Mike Rudd, who coached the Baltimore stars.

Rudd's All-Metro guard, Mitch Guest, who is Glen Burnie's all-time leading scorer, was a bright spot for the Baltimore team with an all-around game. Guest, 5 feet 8, had 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals, and was the only member of his squad named to the all-tournament team.

"I had a lot of fun," Guest said, "and it was the last time we were together."

Guest, who hopes to play at a prep school, was referring to his coach and 6-7 Branden Albert, who had nine points and seven rebounds. Albert has a football scholarship to Virginia.

Led by the Florida State-bound guard Swann, the 6-6 Moore, who is headed to Clemson, Georgia Tech-bound Rasean Dickey and Zam Frederick Jr., the U.S. team outscored the Baltimore Stars, 23-12, in the third period and gradually pulled away.

Swann finished with 15 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Moore had 11 points, six rebounds and a game-high four steals.

All-Metro guard Darnell Harris of St. Frances led the Baltimore team in scoring with 18 points. Mount St. Joseph's Will Thomas, the All-Metro Co-Player of the Year who will play at George Mason, had seven points and 10 rebounds.

"We played hard but we didn't score in that third period and that was the difference," Thomas said. "It was good to play with so many outstanding players, which is what we will do in college."

Greg Manning Jr., son of the former Maryland player of the same name, had four points, two rebounds and four assists for the U.S. team.

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