Fleming's 34 lift Douglass to win

`Statement' game dunks Gwynn Park, 70-67

Boys Basketball

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There have been plenty of names thrown around in basketball circles when it comes to listing the best players in Baltimore City. But Douglass' Tyrone Fleming said his wasn't among them.

So the 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior set out to change that last night in what he called "a statement" game.

Fleming scored 34 points - including six on dunks - grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked four shots in a 70-67 victory over Gwynn Park of Prince George's County in the Function at the Junction event at Walbrook.

The win not only raised the 10th-ranked Ducks' record to 3-0 overall, but it was also their third win in four meetings against the Yellow Jackets (2-1), whom Douglass defeated for its state titles in 2002 and 2004.

"Nobody talked about me at all last year, so I worked hard in the summer, getting my jump shot and my angles right. I want to take over the city this year," Fleming said. "This is my first time ever scoring more than 30 in a high school game. But Coach [Rodney Coffield] said we had battled back and forth with Gwynn Park in the state finals, so we had to really have our heads on straight tonight."

Corey Almond (21 points), Eric Vann (13) and Kelvin Jackson (11) led Gwynn Park, which was coming off Tuesday's 84-75 win over Prince George's County rival Friendly, ranked No. 11 by The Washington Post.

Antione Smithson had 13 points, six assists and eight rebounds for Douglass, with contributions from Darren Thompson (nine points) and Sheldon Waller (five points, seven boards).

But the win wasn't secured even with 6.2 seconds left. Leading 70-67, Smithson rebounded Thompson's missed free throw and was fouled with 1.7 to play. And after missing his first attempt, Smithson produced a game-ending steal.

Fleming got off to a running start, scoring 10 points in the first quarter, after which the Ducks held a 19-16 lead. The Yellow Jackets trailed 37-35 at halftime and 52-48 entering the fourth quarter.

Fleming's first dunk gave the Ducks a 50-46 lead. An alley-oop slam, off a pass from Smithson, gave Douglass what had been its largest margin to that point, 56-48, as did his double-handed slam for a 68-60 advantage with 1:31 to play.


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