City boys roll over Easton, will defend 2A title

March 13, 2010|By Mike Frainie | Special to The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK — — Swagger. It's a big part of being a champion. Just ask the City boys basketball team.

The Knights - the defending state Class 2A champions - showed their swagger and imposed their will, defeating Talbot County's Easton, 62-38, in a state semifinal game.

Third-ranked City (22-2) will defend its title today, when it plays Prince George's County's Gwynn Park in the 6 p.m. Class 2A state championship.

Nick Faust led the Knights with 21 points, while Jah'Sheme Ringgold paced the Warriors (19-6) with 14.

"I wasn't on the team last year, but jumping on them early is part of our swagger," said Faust, a junior. "It's always our goal to get it done early, and we came in focused."

Indeed. The Knights scored 17 of the game's first 21 points and charged to a 30-10 halftime lead. Easton made a brief run in the third quarter - using a 3-pointer by Capree Greene to cut the lead to 43-30 with 5:42 left in the period - but could get no closer.

City's front line of Aron Nwankwo (6 feet 7), Faust (6-5), and Xavier-bound Jordan Latham (6-8) were too much for the smaller Warriors, who were making their first appearance in the state tournament since 1988.

"When you play against four players [6-7 Charles Tapper is the other] 6-foot-5 and up, that's something you can't simulate in practice," Easton coach Marty Bailey said. "Their physical play forced us to shoot more from the outside then we may have wanted to. They had a really good game plan."

City coach Mike Daniel said of Latham: "I thought Jordan played an excellent game. When he went into the paint, I thought he dominated."

Latham finished with 12 points in 22 minutes.

E - Ringgold 14, Stanford 9, Greene 5, Jefferson 4, Miller 2, Pulley 2, Kellum 2. Totals: 14 6-15 38.

C - Faust 21, Lathem 12, Tapper 8, Nwankwo 6, Cheatham 5, Rasheed 4, Press 4, Hawkins 2, Epps 2. Totals: 25 10-14 64.

Half: C, 30-10

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