Walbrook edged, 74-69, in two OTs

Boys Basketball State Class 4a Semifinals

March 13, 2009|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Special to The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK - Walbrook certainly played like warriors last night. It was almost enough - but not quite.

The No. 5 Warriors (22-4) took undefeated and defending state champion Springbrook of Montgomery County (26-0) into double overtime before falling, 74-69, in the Class 4A state semifinals at the University of Maryland's Comcast Center.

Jamal Olasewere led the Blue Devils with 28 points before fouling out in the second overtime. Denzel Walker led the Warriors with 22 points, and Donte Stuckey had 19.

"When kids put on a Walbrook jersey, they have the desire and drive to be successful," Warriors coach Kelvin Bridges said. "I felt like we left it all out on the floor tonight. We just took some shots in the second overtime that we shouldn't have taken. We preach that every shot makes a difference. I think we learned that tonight."

Trailing 57-50 with 3:16 left in regulation, the Warriors went on a 10-0 run - with six of the points coming from Roscoe Smith - to take a 60-57 lead with 15 seconds left. Only a three-pointer by Springbrook's Jeremy Williams with one second left forced overtime.

It looked as if Walbrook were beaten again in the first overtime, but Walker hit an incredible, leaning three-pointer with six seconds left to force a second overtime.

The Warriors fell behind again at 70-66 but rallied once more. They cut the deficit to 70-69 on a three-pointer by Stuckey with 2:04 left but couldn't find the basket after that.

Springbrook, which has won 35 consecutive games, will face Henry A Wise of Prince George's County - a 59-57 winner over Thomas Stone of Charles County in the other semifinal - in tomorrow's 8 p.m state championship.

Bridges credited the Springbrook defense and the job it did on scorer Roscoe Smith as a huge factor in the win.

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