Poly Invitational: No. 8 City edges Bowie

No. 5 Digital Harbor routs No. 15 Aberdeen

Digital Harbor cruises to victory over Aberdeen

December 05, 2009|By Jeff Seidel | Special to The Baltimore Sun

Nick Faust and Eric Greer scored 13 points apiece for No. 8 City, which slowed Bowie's offense with its swarming defense and pulled out a 56-51 victory Friday night in the Poly Invitational.

Bowie (0-1), ranked No. 9 by The Washington Post, struggled to find good shots against City's tough zone defenses. The Knights used different zones that often forced the Bulldogs to take shots from outside - or when Bowie players did get inside, they wound up with two or three City players around them.

"I think we did a good job defensively," City coach Mike Daniel said. "We played really good defensively at times. But offensively, we didn't play well."

City, the defending Class 2A state champion, was in front most of the way and held a 28-20 lead at halftime. Greer and Faust both hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the third quarter to give the Knights a 46-33 lead.

Both teams missed chances in the fourth quarter. City made just one basket in the final 5:30 and missed five of seven free throws.

But the Bulldogs didn't fare much better at the foul line, making just two of eight attempts and wasting opportunities to cut City's lead.

No. 5 Digital Harbor 62, No. 15 Aberdeen 23: The Rams quickly took command of their game against the Eagles and cruised to an easy victory.

Digital Harbor, last year's Class 1A state champion, forced several turnovers and got a number of easy baskets while scoring the game's first 22 points. Donovan Porter scored Aberdeen's first basket, but that didn't come until there were 42 seconds left in the first quarter.

Digital Harbor kept on rolling in the second quarter, pushing the pace and overwhelming Aberdeen en route to a 42-10 halftime lead.

The Eagles couldn't stop Davon Usher. He got a few thunderous dunks in the first quarter, scoring 14 of his game-high 21 points. Justin Jackson added 11 points, and nine Rams scored in the rout.

The Rams' suffocating defense never let Aberdeen's offense find any kind of rhythm. Digital Harbor kept creating points off its defense.

"Davon played a real good game," Digital Harbor coach Johnnie Grimes said. "Overall, the team played hard. We kept the man-to-man pressure on, and it" created trouble.

Aberdeen was hurt by the loss of two starters. Lazarus Turner will be out for about four weeks after getting his appendix removed this week, and Brandon Allen watched from the bench after recently spraining his ankle.

No. 10 Edmondson 76, Roosevelt (D.C.) 62: The Red Storm started its season with a victory over the Rough Riders in the tournament's first game.

Edmondson, which lost to City in the Class 2A North regional final last season, was helped by big games from its three returning starters - Rodney Pratcher, Stanton Kidd and Sean Thomas. Pratcher led the way with 21 points, and Kidd added 19.

Thomas ran the offense well, scoring five points and adding nine assists. He helped Edmondson's offense control the game's pace, making it difficult for Roosevelt to rally.

Roosevelt made a brief run in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to nine, but the Red Storm settled down and took command in the final few minutes.

"We played well on the defensive end," Edmondson coach Darnell Dantzler said. "We had some jitters. It was the first game, but I'm happy ... with the way we played."

Poly 63, Snow Hill 61: Jeffrey Joynes scored with 15 seconds left to give the Engineers a victory over Snow Hill in the final game.

Joynes took a nice bounce pass from Devonte Jones at the end of a two-on-one fast break for the game-winning basket. That completed a late rally for Poly as the Engineers bounced back from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit.

Joynes finished with a team-high 24 points, and Montre Clemons also had a big night with 19 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks.

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