R. Spruill leads No. 4 Walbrook in rout

Warriors hand No. 10 Douglass first loss, 78-50

Boys basketball

December 20, 2005|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTER

As part of his fish-and-seafood diet, a trim Rodney Spruill is having his dessert on the basketball court rather than at the dinner table.

Spruill, a returning All-Metro swingman, lost 30 pounds and grew an inch in the offseason, and he and the rest of the No. 4 Walbrook Warriors have served notice that they are focused on repeating as Baltimore City, regional and Class 4A state champions.

Yesterday, the Warriors showed they are serious about that by improving to 6-0 with a 78-50 rout of No. 10 Douglass (4-1) at Baltimore City Community College, and Spruill led the way with game highs of 19 points and 10 rebounds.

The more mobile and quicker Spruill went from 6 feet 4 and 245 pounds to 6-5 and 215 by eating fish and seafood and drinking a lot of water and Gatorade. It's bad news for opponents that Spruill is feasting on them instead of fattening food.

"Teams can double down on me, but they're finding out that I'm not the only person on this team who can score," said Spruill, who was joined in double figures by senior guards Eric Pitts and his brother, Brandon Spruill.

Pitts (eight rebounds) and Brandon Spruill (five rebounds, one block), who transferred back to Walbrook after a year at St. Frances, had 16 and 14 points respectively.

"We have very unselfish players on this, team and that's because of Coach [Kelvin] Bridgers," Rodney Spruill said.

Spruill, who committed to Towson University before the start of the season, went on the diet and combined it with a lot of running after last season.

"I feel great and can do more things out there," said Spruill, who had two dunks, a block and a three-pointer and also turned in a fine defensive job on the Ducks' Tyrone Fleming.

Fleming, who had 34 points in a 70-67 win over Gwynn Park on Friday night, was held to 12 points (tied with Antione Smithson for team high), including just two in the first half, and his last six came in the final quarter when the game was out of reach.

The Warriors used a 20-7 second quarter to gain a 37-18 lead at the half, and they shot 52 percent (32-for-61).

The Ducks were 2-for-18 from three-point range and 18-for-59 from the field.

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