Southwestern finds a way to hit Class 4A North final

Rheubottom, Barney have triple doubles to pace Sabers, 79-69

Boys basketball

March 03, 2006|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Southwestern coach Terry Leverett said that when the Sabers lost to Walbrook in the City championship in boys basketball, they were "caught off guard ... like a deer in headlights."

Now, he feels that that experience has prepared his team for the playoffs as they defeated Springbrook, 79-69, yesterday in the Class 4A North regional semifinal.

The tandem of Jarwand Rheubottom and Jamal Barney proved too much for the Blue Devils as each scored 30 points en route to triple doubles. Rheubottom added 16 rebounds and 10 assists and Barney had 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the host Sabers (22-3).

"We've been preaching that all year," Leverett said. "You can't stop either one of them. Rheubottom is such an exceptional leaper and Barney is so strong. They're both great finishers."

Southwestern will host No. 10 Woodlawn tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the regional final.

"We're playing with confidence right now and that's all you want going into this time," Leverett said. "We know we just beat a good team, so the guys are pretty high right now."

David Brewster and Sheridan Price led the Blue Devils with 19 points each.

No. 2 Walbrook 69, Carver 52 -- Rodney Spruill was one rebound shy of a double double with 24 points and nine rebounds to lead the Warriors over the Bears in 3A North. Eric Pitts and Kevin Thompson each grabbed 10 rebounds to complement their 11 and nine points, respectively. Thompson also blocked five shots. Harry Robinson led the visiting Bears with 14 points.

No. 7 Old Mill 93, Meade 66 -- Andrew Engel led the host Patriots (23-2) with 22 points, six assists and four steals in a win over the Mustangs in the 4A East regional semifinal. Rodney Stokes added 11 points and five blocks and Derek Harris added 10 rebounds and eight points. Johann Jones led all scores with 26 points for the Mustangs.

No. 10 Woodlawn 64, Dulaney 59 -- Lewis Lambert scored 17 points and Dexter Dorsey had 15 as the host Warriors (20-4) defeated the Lions. Matt Piery paced Dulaney with 17 points.

No. 11 Dunbar 65, Digital Harbor 57 -- Eric Barksdale, Maurice Portee and Delano Johnson led the host Poets (15-6) past the Rams in Class 1A South. Barksdale had 17 points, Portee scored 14 and Portee had 14 with nine rebounds for the defending state champions.

No. 14 Annapolis 59, Fallston 31 -- Daishawn Anderson (16 points, nine rebounds) and Lateef Williams (15 points, five rebounds) led the host Panthers past the Cougars (9-18). Sean Kelly paced Fallston with 12 points in the loss. Annapolis (19-5) will go for its second consecutive regional title tomorrow against No. 9 Long Reach at 5 p.m.

New Town 77, Pikesville 52 -- Danny Desousa had a game-high 25 points and Stuart Clarke added 18 as the host Titans (21-4) advanced to the Class 1A North regional final. They will go for their first regional title tomorrow at 2 p.m. against Elkton of Cecil County.

Milford Mill 73, Douglass 66 -- In a rematch of last year's 2A North regional semifinal, Brian Word led the Millers (21-3) with 21 points and 10 rebounds as they defeated the Ducks. Antoine Smithson led all scorers with 30 points for the visiting Ducks.

Potomac 83, Howard 81 -- A missed Lions layup in the final seconds allowed the Falcons to capture an overtime win in the 2A South. Robert Shannon hit one of two foul shots to clinch the win, and finished with 16 points. Ricardo Pride added a game-high 31 points in the win. Chris Moore led the Lions with 28.

Sun reporter Caryn Grant contributed to this article.

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