City boys basketball coach Mike Daniel has coached his fair share of great Baltimore players. He coached at Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference power Towson Catholic for years and presided over Carmelo Anthony's early career.
His current duo of C.J. Fair and Adam Johnson might be the best one-two combination he has ever had, though.
"This is probably the best set of bookends I've ever coached," Daniel said. "They've just been playing well. They complement each other."
The two were nearly unstoppable last night, as host City beat Digital Harbor, 49-34. Fair finished with a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds, and Johnson had 16 points and 14 rebounds.
No. 7 City (19-3) didn't trail after the first 90 seconds, and Johnson and Fair combined to score its first 17 points.
Fair and Johnson scored with ease against the shorter Rams front line, with most of their points coming in the paint.
No. 9 Digital Harbor (14-6) cut City's lead to seven in the fourth quarter, but the Knights extended it to nine with free throws by Quentin Goodwin. Then with 2:21 left, Fair grabbed an offensive rebound, scored on a layup and was fouled. His three-point play gave City a 12-point lead.
Loyola 50, Calvert Hall 48 --Matt Rum made a jumper with two seconds left to give visiting Loyola a thrilling victory last night in MIAA A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League action. Rum led a spirited second-half comeback by the Dons, who trailed 37-21 with 4:26 left in the third period.
Rum, a 6-foot-3 junior swingman, scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half, including the game-winner after the Dons (17-7) used two timeouts during a possession that lasted nearly all of the final 41 seconds.
"My jumper wasn't falling in the first half, and Coach told me to take it to the basket, and I did," Rum said. "We're a comeback team and tend to get down early, but we tend to come back strong."
Sophomore Jonathan Graham, the son of former Dunbar and University of Maryland star Ernie Graham, had tied the game at 48 with 57 seconds left. He led the Cardinals (15-15) with 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots.