Philmore leads John Carroll

Basketball

Varsity

December 17, 2006|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

John Carroll looked sluggish throughout the first half of yesterday's game with Edmondson. The Patriots often played inconsistently until Isaiah Philmore helped turn things around - almost by himself.

Philmore scored a game-high 25 points and sparked a mid-game run that helped No. 13 John Carroll take command, and the Patriots rolled to a 74-63 victory over Edmondson at the Aberdeen Tip-Off Mixer.

The 6-foot-6 sophomore scored 10 of his points during a 14-0 run that gave John Carroll (8-1) the lead and command. The streak started in the final two minutes of the first half and carried into the third quarter as the Patriots turned a three-point deficit into a 40-29 lead.

The Patriots had never led before that streak, and never trailed after it.

"Everyone just pulled together and got all the energy we could," said Philmore, who added nine rebounds and five blocks. "We [just] executed on offense and executed on defense."

Edmondson's aggressive play and attacking style gave the Patriots early trouble. The Red Storm (1-4) constantly drove to the basket, got good shots and held a 29-26 lead with two minutes left in the half.

But that's when Philmore and John Carroll turned things around. Erick Smith and D'Metric Evans scored back-to-back baskets to give the Patriots their first lead at 30-29. The Patriots forced a turnover on the next possession, which ended with a layup by Philmore.

Philmore then grabbed the rebound of an Edmondson miss and raced downcourt for another layup and a 34-29 halftime lead. The forward then scored the first six points of the second half for the 40-29 edge.

Josh Selby (14 points), Evans (11 points) and Craig Ryan (nine points) also helped the John Carroll offense.

Kareem Damon (16 points) and Korawn Harris (14 points) led Edmondson, which just got some players back this week from the school's Class 2A state championship football team.

"We played really hard, and I liked the intensity they came out with," Edmondson coach Roger O'Dea said. "But Philmore, he's a tough kid to stop."

No. 4 Walbrook 43, Franklin LC (Pa.) 39 -- Freshman Roscoe Smith scored 13 points to power the host Warriors (4-0) past the Bobcats of Franklin Learning Center (2-3) at the Function at the Junction tournament. The 6-foot-6 Smith blocked eight shots. Daniel Rowlette added 12 points.

No. 8 Calvert Hall 70, Abington Friends (Pa.) 69 -- Nate Boone hit the game-winning layup as time expired in overtime for the host Cardinals (7-2). The Kangaroos made two free throws with 9.6 seconds left to take a 69-68 lead. Lloyd McCleaves tied the score at 60 with a basket as time expired in regulation. Maryland-bound Braxton Dupree, who had 21 points and 11 rebounds, blocked the Kangaroos' final field-goal attempt to seal the victory.

Aberdeen 70, No. 10 McDonogh 63 -- Host Aberdeen upset the Eagles (7-1) in the Tip-Off Mixer. Down 39-29 at the half, Aberdeen went on a 23-9 scoring run. Brandon Herbert scored a team-high 17 points for McDonogh, and Jerrard Sheppard added 16.

Girls

Southside 91, Ballou (D.C.) 70 -- Keirah Hicks scored a career-high 36 points and Sheree Ledbetter added 33 points for the No. 13 Jaguars (3-1) at the Bullis Tournament in Potomac.

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