Scouting report: Boys basketball state semifinals

Class 1A: Allegany-Dunbar, Snow Hill-Owings Mills

2A: N. Carroll-Gwynn Park, Easton-City

March 12, 2010|By Glenn Graham

Boys basketball state semifinals

(All games at University of

Maryland's Comcast Center)

TODAY Class 1A Allegany (23-0) vs. No. 8 Dunbar (17-5)
Time: 3 p.m.

Outlook: Dunbar is battle-tested, having played in the demanding Baltimore City league, and the scars proved worthwhile in making it out of the South region. Senior PG Corey Spence is the team's spark plug and emotional leader, while fellow senior G Derrell Edwards is the team's primary scorer, averaging 19 points. In winning 23 straight, Allegany has outscored its opponents by an average of 27 points. The Poets will be keying on senior G Casey Roberts, who averages 25.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and five assists. The two programs have combined to win 17 titles, with the Poets' 11th state crown coming in 2006.

Snow Hill (24-2) vs. Owings Mills (19-6)
Time: 5 p.m.

Outlook: Owings Mills captured its first regional championship when it knocked off rival Pikesville, 60-55, in Saturday's North final. Balance is the team's key on offense, with six players averaging seven points or more. Senior G Brandon Fields averages 10.3 points and 4.1 assists, and senior F Keylin Ortiz averages 10.2 points and 10.9 rebounds to lead the way. Experience is on the side of Snow Hill, which has advanced to the state semifinals in three of the past four years with the program's third title coming in 2008. Senior G Keith Jackson (21 ppg) is the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,498 points.

Class 2A North Carroll (18-5) vs. Gwynn Park (19-5)
Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Panthers captured their first Carroll County championship in 25 years and are in their first state tournament since 1985, looking to bring home the program's first state crown. The Panthers have good size inside, led by 6-5 F Danny Hoffman (18.6 ppg, 11.3 rpg), and it will be important to offset big and athletic Gwynn Park. The Yellow Jackets, making their 20th state title tournament with 10 championships in their record books, are led by G Brandon Ford (19.8 ppg) and the one-two inside punch of Tion Barnes and Mike Hemsley, who have combined for 28 points and 15 rebounds per game. Former Archbishop Spalding coach Mike Glick has led the Yellow Jackets the past four years.

Easton (19-5) vs. No. 3 City (21-2)
Time: 9 p.m.

Outlook: Having survived the talent-laden North region, no team is more prepared for state play than City, which appears primed to defend last year's title. After knocking off last year's Class 3A champion, Lake Clifton, in the regional semifinals, the Knights advanced with a 59-58 win over Baltimore City champ Edmondson. Senior C Jordan Latham (17 ppg, 8 rpg) and senior G Nick Faust (19.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg) give the Knights a gifted one-two combination, and there's a strong supporting cast. Senior G Ryan Stanford (18.4 ppg) leads the Warriors, who are in their first state tournament since 1988 in a bid to capture the program's second state title.

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