Carr's late 3 lifts No. 1 Patterson boys over No. 4 Edmondson, 70-67

Sophomore guard scores 29 to help Clippers secure berth in city Division 1 championship

February 11, 2011|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

In his brief but already stellar varsity career at Patterson, sophomore guard Aquille Carr has enjoyed more than his share of crowd-pleasing moments.

In front of a packed crowd at Coppin State on Friday night, he might have provided the one that tops the list.

Battling a leg cramp in the closing minutes and sticky defense from Edmondson senior guard Rodney Pratcher in the closing seconds, Carr started to drive, then suddenly stopped to get just enough space to bury a game-winning 3-pointer — the basket coming with 2.7 seconds left to give the No. 1 Clippers a 70-67 win over the No. 4 Red Storm.

Carr, an All-Metro first-team selection as a freshman who recently surpassed 1,000 career points, finished with a game-high 29 points to help the Clippers (18-1) clinch a berth in Baltimore City's Division 1 title game with a 9-0 mark. Defending city champ Edmondson, now 14-2 overall and 6-2 in the league, will have to complete the suspended game against City (11-7, 4-2) on Monday to help determine who gains the second spot in the title game. City had a 48-34 advantage with 5:36 to play before the game was suspended because of an altercation in the stands Feb. 4.

Friday at Coppin, the positive buzz in the stands was created by Carr.

"It was just hard with all the cramps, but I had to stay tough to help my team get a win," said Carr, who also got a last-second steal at midcourt. "I just knew it was going in the minute I let it go. It felt awesome, real good."

Neither team enjoyed a lead bigger than two points in the fourth quarter. When Edmondson senior guard Kavon Pyatt scored a basket with 22 seconds left to tie the score at 67, the Clippers called timeout with 13 seconds to play. While the rest of the team was huddling with coach Harry Martin, Carr was taking in fluids and having his cramp worked on.

He came back to the court ready, getting the ball out front and dribbling a couple of seconds off the clock before beginning to attack. He stopped to separate himself just enough from Pratcher and lofted a rainbow shot that hit nothing but net.

Edmondson coach Darnell Dantzler was proud of his team and gave credit to Carr.

"My kids fought hard, they listened to my game plan, they executed down the stretch. They played tough defense — it was just a tough shot from Carr in the end. My kids played their hearts out, and I'm upset and feel for them to lose in that type of fashion," he said.

The Clippers also got a strong inside performance from junior forward Steven Marshall, who finished with 17 points and dominated the boards.

E—Ellison 4, Pyatt 15, Walker 17, Bradley 7, Pratcher 8, Graham 14. Totals: 24 13-22 67.

P—Carr 29, Marshall 17, Lee-Fowlkes 8, Meekins 6, Williams 6, Goines 2, Carter 2. Totals: 25 16-26 70.

Half: P, 32-30.

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