Edmondson's Kavon Pyatt celebrates the sixth-ranked… (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene…)
Most every opposing coach who has come up against No. 3 Lake Clifton this season will likely say the same thing - the Lakers' standout senior point guard, Josh Selby, will get his points.
He got his share Tuesday night, scoring 45, but it was No. 6 Edmondson that left Morgan State with the program's first Baltimore City championship.
With balanced scoring and a never-quit approach that the team has shown all season, the Red Storm outlasted the defending champion Lakers, 58-56, in overtime.
Junior guard Kavon Pyatt scored on a goaltending basket with 22 seconds left in overtime, and the Red Storm endured an anxious final second when Selby's 3-pointer at the buzzer caromed off the glass. The next second was pure jubilation on the Edmondson bench.
Pyatt finished with 14 points, Rodney Pratcher and Jerry Lovelocke had 12 and Stanton Kidd and Sean Thomas each finished with nine points to offset Selby's standout performance.
The Red Storm improved to 15-2, while Lake Clifton fell to 14-5. Both teams now prepare to compete in the Class 2A North regional playoffs.
"I'm so proud of my kids. That's what it's all about - the kids coming in, they've been working hard and playing hard. It's the first city championship and it feels great," Edmondson coach Darnell Dantzler said. "With all the adversity we've been through, the kids bounced back, kept playing hard, keep fighting and fighting and they found a way to win."
The game stayed close throughout and it was particularly tight in the fourth quarter, with neither team able to build more than a four-point lead. When Lovelocke tipped home a missed shot with 12 seconds left in regulation to give Edmondson a 52-51 lead, it appeared the Red Storm might have clinched its first title.
But Lake Clifton's Jeffrey Fields was fouled under the basket with four seconds left. He missed his first free throw but made his second to send the game into overtime.
After Selby made two free throws to give Lake Clifton a 56-54 lead, Pyatt would score the game's last four points - twice making one of two free throws to tie the game before getting free under the basket to convert the goaltending basket.
"This feels great," Kidd said. "We've never been here and nobody thought we could do win, but we finally did it. We got it."
E – Lovelocke 12, Kidd 9, Pyatt 14, Mobley 2, Pratcher 12, Thomas 9. Totals: 23 9-17 58.
LC – Selby 45, Washington 4, Watson 3, Fields 3, Fisher 1. Totals: 19 18-25 56.Half: LC, 24-18.