Southwestern has too much for Woodlawn

Sabers' pressure earns 4A North reward

Southwestern 56 Woodlawn 49

Boys basketball

March 05, 2006|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTER

Practically no second shots and turnovers aplenty doomed No. 10 Woodlawn in its visit to No. 4 Southwestern yesterday for the Class 4A North regional championship.

The host Sabers prevailed, 56-49, in what was likely the last game at Southwestern, which is one of several Baltimore schools scheduled to be closed after this school year.

`This place is like family to me," said coach Terry Leverett, who has been at Southwestern for 15 years.

"It's the only place I've known as a coach, but these kids have closed out my career here on a positive note. Winning the last game and going to the states makes it very special. "

Jamal Barney led the senior-dominated Sabers, scoring seven of his 18 points in the final period despite battling a box-and-one most of the game.

While the Warriors concentrated on the Providence-bound Barney, Donnell Brown had what he called "the best game of my career."

Brown started for Travis Debreaux, who went out with an injured knee in the City final two weeks ago. Brown made four threes - three of them in the Sabers' 15-5 third-period run - and had 16 points.

Southwestern (23-3) advanced to the state 4A semifinals at 7 p.m. Thursday at the University of Maryland's Comcast Center, where it will face the South winner, either Eleanor Roosevelt or Suitland.

It will be only the second trip to the final four for the Sabers. The other came in 1997, when they capped a 27-0 season by winning the 4A state title, 81-75, over Parkdale in overtime.

Woodlawn's futility yesterday in grabbing only two offensive rebounds the entire game and turning the ball over 21 times could be attributed to the size and strength of its opponent.

"We didn't get any second shots because Southwestern did a great job on the boards limiting us to one shot," Eddie Green, the fifth-year coach of the Warriors (20-5), said.

"We played great defense most of the game, but would turn it over on the other end."

Woodlawn outshot Southwestern, 41 percent (18-for-44) to 33 percent (19-for-58), with each team hitting seven threes. Mike Dixon led Woodlawn with 18 points. Dexter Dorsey had 13 and Antoine Proctor 12.

The Warriors, however, were dominated in the paint, being outrebounded 34-18 by Jarwand Rheubottom (game high 12 rebounds, 10 defensive), Michael Dorsey (11 rebounds) and Barney (seven).

"Going to Comcast is real special and this being our last year and last game here, we should have cut down the nets," Dorsey said.

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