No. 9 Edmondson stuns No. 4 Digital Harbor, 67-64

Pratcher's late jumper pushes Red Storm to city championship game

February 19, 2010|By By Glenn Graham

It was Rodney Pratcher's hot shooting in the first quarter that helped No. 9 Edmondson get out to a fast lead it would enjoy most of the game at No. 4 Digital Harbor on Thursday.

When the Red Storm's lead was gone in the final minute of the fourth quarter, Pratcher showed he had one more big shot in him.

With the Rams leading by one, Pratcher pulled up and sank a 15-foot jumper with nine seconds left, and Wayne Mobley followed with a celebration dunk in the final second as the Red Storm pulled out a stunning 67-64 win over Digital Harbor that sends it to Tuesday's Baltimore City championship game.

Edmondson (14-2) will meet defending champ Lake Clifton at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Morgan State.

"We just played hard. We wanted to hold for the last shot and whoever got that open shot was going to take it, and it just so happened I got an open shot and knocked it down," said Pratcher, a senior guard who finished with a game-high 23 points. "This just feels great - it's the first time Edmondson is playing for the Baltimore City championship, and hopefully we're going to win it."

Pratcher knocked down three 3-pointers and scored 11 points to lead Edmondson to a 19-7 lead after the first quarter. Leading 32-23 at halftime, the Red Storm started the second half much like the first and built a 40-25 lead when Mobley finished off an easy basket in transition with 5:54 to play in the third quarter.

But the Rams (17-4) rallied behind seniors Justin Jackson (20 points) and Davon Usher (15 points) and would go on a 23-9 run that closed the gap to 49-48 with 6:40 left.

When Usher hit two free throws with 3:40 to play, the Rams had their first lead at 54-53. They later went up 64-63 on a basket from Stanford Toran (15 points) with 54 seconds remaining.

Edmondson coach Darnell Dantzler called a timeout, and the Red Storm held the ball. Pratcher provided the game-winner, and the Rams turned the ball over at midcourt before Mobley's last-second jam.

"We wanted to hold it with 10 or 15 seconds left, so we can get a shot and then have a chance to get a rebound and possibly a putback. Rodney took a good shot, we got back and played good defense and came out with the win," Dantzler said. "I'm proud of my guys. They did a real good job. We went through adversity, but they played hard and they stayed."

Senior forward Stanton Kidd scored 15 points for the Red Storm, while Jerry Lovelocke provided six of his nine points in the fourth quarter.

E-R. Pratcher 23, Kidd 15, Lovelocke 9, Thomas 8, Mobley 6, Pyatt 4, Dyer 2. Totals: 28 6-18 67.

DH-Jackson 20, Usher 15, Toran 15, Brown 7, Johnson 2, Robinson 3, White 2. Totals: 22 16-20 64.

Half: E, 32-23.

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