Tapper's free throws lift City boys over Patterson

No. 7 Knights edge No. 13 Clippers, 56-55

Selby scores 33 in Lake Clifton's win

February 02, 2010|By Glenn Graham | glenn.graham@baltsun.com

The City boys basketball team had some struggles on the foul line at No. 13 Patterson on Tuesday, but sophomore forward Charles Tapper was able to hit the two most important free throws of the game.

After Patterson forward Brian Lewis gave the home team a one-point lead with 10 seconds left, Tapper was fouled underneath with two seconds left. He calmly hit both free throws to send the No. 7 Knights home with a 56-55 win.

Senior center Jordan Latham led City (14-2) with 21 points, but his biggest play came in the closing seconds, when he found Tapper underneath on the other side of the basket to set up the game-winning free throws. Senior guard Nick Faust finished with 17 points, all coming in the second half.

The Knights went 8-for-19 from the free-throw line for the game.

The Clippers (11-6) got a game-high 22 points from 5-foot-6 freshman guard Aquille Carr, who had the packed gym in an uproar with an explosive dunk in the first quarter. Lewis added 17 in the loss.

"We like Charles to get to the line late in games, and I thought Jordan did a great job finding him on the other side underneath," City coach Mike Daniel said. "We're finding a way to put-put along and get wins -- these road games are tough, and you really have to bring your 'A' game."

No. 5 Digital Harbor 60, Mervo 34: Davon Usher scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as the visiting Rams (15-3) beat the Mustangs.

Digital Harbor led 25-17 at the half.

No. 6 Lake Clifton 72, No. 12 Dunbar 66, OT: Josh Selby scored a game-high 33 points and had 10 assists to power the visiting Lakers past the Poets in overtime.

Dunbar's Corey Spence (22 points) hit a floater with eight seconds left to tie the score at 56 and force overtime.

Durand Johnson scored seven of his 21 points in the extra period, and Shelby added six. The Lakers improved to 12-3, and the Poets fell to 11-5.

No. 15 Douglass 72, Southside 46: Daiwain Scroggins had a game-high 15 points to power the visiting Ducks (12-5) past the Jaguars. Douglass led 37-26 at the half and outscored Southside 18-9 in the fourth quarter.

Girls

No. 2 Digital Harbor 55, Mervo 12: A'lexus Harrison scored 12 points and Nichelle Groom had 10 assists as the host Rams (12-5) led the Mustangs from start to finish.

No. 8 Western 74, Walbrook 9: Rayia McKnight had 13 points to power the visiting Doves (10-6) past the Warriors. Western led 44-2 at the half and never looked back.

No. 10 City 63, Patterson 38: LaShay Taft had a game-high 29 points to power the host Knights (12-3) past the Clippers. City led 15-10 after the first quarter and never trailed.

Baltimore Sun reporters contributed to this article.

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