Rams `man' the defense, wear down Woodlawn

No. 9 Randallstown 67 Woodlawn 56

Boys basketball

February 18, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

Woodlawn coach Eddie Green thought he could trust his Randallstown counterpart, Kim Rivers, until the latter crossed him up yesterday in the Baltimore County boys basketball championship game at Woodlawn.

Rivers switched to more man-to-man defenses rather than the Rams' patented trap defenses to put away the host and defending champion Warriors in the second half for a 67-56 victory.

Kim English (10 rebounds) led four Rams in double digits with 16 points, followed by Darrell Bryant with 15 points and game highs of 12 rebounds and four blocked shots. Tione Womack and Alex Jackson chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively.

"This is the kind of win we want going into the playoffs," Womack said of the two-time defending state champs. "It doesn't matter who we play."

It was the ninth Baltimore County championship in Rivers' 13 seasons as coach of the No. 9 Rams (19-3) and the first since 2005. Last season, the Warriors (16-7) upset the Rams, 77-68.

"Surprisingly, they usually do trap defenses, but they played a lot of tough man-to-man defense, solid defense," said Green, who was very disappointed with his team's shooting, from both the field (20-for-69, 29 percent) and the foul line (13-for-23).

"It was more our shot selection than anything else, and our lack of patience. It was amazing that we were in the game with the types of shots we were taking. They really wanted the game more than we did in the second half."

Senior swingman Danny Smith was a bright spot for the Warriors with a game-high 20 points and was 8-for-16 from the field. Rob Lewis had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors.

The Rams showed a lot of patience and very good shot selection in hitting 21 of 49 from the field (43 percent) and were 22-for-32 (69 percent) from the line.

"I think their [the Warriors'] legs were a little tired in the fourth quarter and that helped us get some easy baskets," Rivers said. "And I think we wore Smith down by the end of the game [only one field goal in the final quarter]."

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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