Unbeaten Douglass tops Walbrook

No. 7 Douglass 58 No. 5 Walbrook 47

Boys basketball

February 03, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

Despite its unbeaten record, some skeptics were saying Douglass "hadn't played anybody yet."

Last night, the host Ducks defeated No. 5 Walbrook, 58-47, to quiet the critics and improve to 17-0.

"Anybody who doubts us now, doesn't know," said junior guard Omar Strong, who was one of four Ducks in double digits and tied James Walker for the team high with 17 points.

"People were saying we hadn't played nobody, but we just got one game out of the way and then we have Dunbar and Northwestern."

Douglass managed to knock off the Warriors (12-4) - who were coming off an upset loss to unranked Digital Harbor, 69-62, on Tuesday - despite a poor shooting night from the field. Free-throw shooting saved the Ducks.

The Ducks shot 27 percent (14-for-51) from the field but 82 percent (27-for-33) at the line, including 16-for-18 in a furious fourth quarter in which they outscored Walbrook 28-22.

Strong was 6-for-6 at the line in the fourth and 11-for-11 on the night, and 6-foot-6 William Martin scored 10 of his 11 points in the last eight minutes.

Martin, who had a game-high 12 rebounds (eight defensive), hit five of the Ducks' six field goals in the last quarter as he asserted himself underneath.

"William was really important tonight to go inside with Kevin [Thompson] out for them," said coach Rodney Coffield, who led the Ducks to a 28-0 record and a 3A state title in 2002.

"This is really huge. We're 17-0 and going to take it one game at a time."

The 6-foot-8 Thompson, who returned after being out several weeks, injured his knee in the first three minutes of the game and came out.

"I think we're going to keep Kevin, who is our leading scorer and rebounder, out for awhile," said Walbrook coach Kelvin Bridgers. "Teams have been teeing off on us."

Rupert Rose led Walbrook with 17 points.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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