Edmondson boys top Douglass in 2A North quarters

Strong defense, late run propel Red Storm to 56-44 victory

March 03, 2010|By By Glenn Graham

Baltimore City league champion Edmondson was well aware the Class 2A North region was going to be a game-by-game grind, and the churning started immediately in Tuesday's first-round game against Douglass.

The No. 3 Red Storm leaned on its aggressive defense, a fine all-around performance from senior forward Stanton Kidd and a fourth-quarter spark from senior guard Jerry Lovelocke to advance with a 56-44 quarterfinal win over the visiting No. 14 Ducks.

Edmondson (18-2) will meet Digital Harbor, an 80-49 winner over Overlea, in Thursday's semifinal, set for 5 p.m. as part of a doubleheader at Coppin State. The region's other semifinal, No. 5 City versus No. 8 Lake Clifton, will follow at 7 p.m.

With the score tied at 36 with 5:18 to play, the Red Storm went on a 10-0 run to take control. Lovelocke, who missed the first three-plus quarters because of car trouble, scored 13 fourth-quarter points to bolster the offense. Edmondson's defense was there from the start.

"That's what our team is based on - defense," Red Storm coach Darnell Dantzler said. "That's what I constantly tell them: 'Our offense may be there sometimes, but our defense has to be there every game.' They came out, they played hard and I'm proud of the job they did."

Kidd, who finished with 13 points and six blocked shots, played a big part at both ends throughout, but the Ducks, behind a 16-point performance from guard Davon Vennie, proved difficult to shake off.

When Vennie tied the score on a follow basket with a little more than five minutes remaining, the Red Storm was quick to respond. Cedric Dyer scored on a follow inside, and then Lovelocke scored six straight points - the second basket an alley-oop jam from Kavon Pyatt - to send Edmondson to the next round.

Dantzler said Lovelocke provided more than just offensive numbers.

"Jerry is our emotional leader," Dantzler said. "We missed his intensity and everything he brings. I don't think people realize what a good player Jerry is."

Said Kidd: "We come out with intensity - hands up - we just play some straight-up defense and know the offense will come if we play the good defense."

D-Vennie 16, Huggins 8, Brewer 13, Curbean 3, D. Scroggins 2, K. Scroggins 2. Totals: 19 5-11 44.

E-Kidd 13, Lovelocke 13, Pyatt 10, Dyer 10, Pratcher 4, Mobley 2, Thomas 4. Totals: 19 17-28 56.

Half: E, 23-19.

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