Coleman leads Baltimore to Charm City win

Walbrook player is MVP as U.S. team falls, 110-107

City stars top Suburban

Boys basketball

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April 11, 2005|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Velmar Coleman called it his "homecoming," as he led the Baltimore All-Stars to a 110-107 victory over the U.S. All Stars in yesterday's Charm City Challenge at Towson University.

The victory, before 2,114 at the Towson Center, gives the local players a 3-2 lead in the series.

Coleman, who led No. 1 Walbrook to its first city, regional and state titles this season, was named the game's Most Valuable Player after scoring 11 points with seven rebounds and eight assists.

Coleman did it on the floor he will be playing on next season.

"This is my time, my homecoming, and I had to show the Towson people what I'm about," Coleman said.

Baltimore, coached by Mount St. Joseph's Pat Clatchey, increased its 14-point halftime lead to 90-74 after the third period.

The U.S. team, however, outscored its opponent 33-20 in the fourth quarter, and had a 105-102 lead on Notre Dame-bound Ryan Ayers' three-pointer with 1:45 remaining.

Paris Carter (19 points), a former All-Metro selection at Lake Clifton who played at Notre Dame Prep (Mass.), scored five straight to put Baltimore back on top, 109-107, with 20 seconds left. Coleman then made one of two free throws with 13 seconds left and the locals held on.

"I was surprised they didn't play harder in the first half," Coleman said. "They fought back but we won at the wire."

Georgia Tech signee Alade Aminu led the U.S. with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Villanova-bound Dante Cunningham of Class 2A state champion Potomac had 16 points and nine rebounds for the losers, and Maryland-bound Shane Clark of Hargrave Academy (Va.) had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists.

"It was challenging," said Clark, 6 feet 6. "They hit all of their shots and played hard and out-scrapped us a little bit. But we came back in the second half and played our best. I didn't realize how talented they were, but that was a pretty good team we played against."

In the preliminary game, which involved all local players, Dunbar's Darron Edwards led the City All-Stars with 26 points as they set a Charm City record for scoring in a 121-111 victory over the Suburban Stars.

Edwards was one of five City players in double figures. Troy Smith (Douglass) and Reggie Holmes (St. Frances) each scored 20, Dunbar's Craig Singleterry, who is headed to Loyola College, had 16 and Dunbar's Dante Holcomb added 10.

Domonic Venable of 3A state champion Randallstown led the team of county players with 29 points and 12 rebounds. Archbishop Spalding's Marquis Sullivan, who also will attend Loyola, scored 16.

Edwards, who missed the last few weeks of Dunbar's run to a third straight Class 1A state championship because of academic ineligibility, said he was excited to be back on the floor after he "let down his community, my family and my team, which hurt me the most.

"It was a real good experience for me to sit out the second half of the season, because it woke me up," said Edwards, who will play football and basketball at Hargrave.

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