Gophers dig too deep a hole in semifinal

Sherwood holds off late rally to advance

Sherwood 58 No. 5 Glen Burnie 44

Boys basketball

March 09, 2007|By Michael Gluskin | Michael Gluskin,Sun Reporter

College Park -- Fifth-ranked Glen Burnie struggled mightily shooting the ball and fell in the state semifinals for the third time in the past five years, losing to Sherwood, 58-44, last night at Comcast Center.

The Warriors controlled the game from the beginning and never trailed, as the Gophers' comeback attempt ran out of steam in the fourth quarter. The 44 points were a season low for Glen Burnie.

At the beginning of the final quarter, the Gophers trimmed the lead to six, which was the closest they had been since the first quarter. But Glen Burnie scored just nine points in the final quarter and made only 19 of 54 field-goal attempts (35.2 percent) overall.

"We didn't shoot the ball very well, and they did a nice job defensively," Gophers coach Michael Rudd said. "We got behind and kind of had to play their game."

Sherwood (22-4) was able to stay on top without much of a problem, mostly because of senior Deontay Twyman, who led all scorers with 22 points. The Warriors made 19 of their 36 field-goal attempts (52.8 percent).

"We wanted to put the ball in the star's hands," Sherwood first-year coach Dondrell Whitmore said. "He's been doing it all year for us."

The Warriors' win puts them in the Class 4A final, where they will face Magruder on Saturday night at 8. Sherwood has won 15 of its past 16 games.

Glen Burnie (20-6) played sluggishly to start the game, failing to find any rhythm. Sherwood played at a quicker pace, taking advantage of the Gophers' misses to score on the fast break, including a dunk by Twyman late in the first half.

The Warriors executed better offensively, making good passes and crisp cuts to the basket. Sherwood controlled the game's tempo, which made Glen Burnie play at more of a hurried pace at times.

Sherwood dominated the first half, leading 32-22 at the break. The Warriors opened a 12-point edge after the first quarter, holding Glen Burnie to just six points, in part because of energetic play from Twyman.

Senior Desean Antoine led the Gophers with 12 points, shooting 5-for-16 from the field. Senior Garrett Blackstone scored nine and grabbed seven rebounds, and senior Devron Baynard had nine points and eight rebounds.

Sherwood junior Joseph Holston scored 12 points, going 3-for-6 from the field, including 2-for-3 from three-point range.

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