City tops Dunbar in OT, 54-50, in boys basketball

Mount St. Joseph upsets John Carroll; Lake Clifton tops Joppatowne

February 12, 2011|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

The No. 9 City boys basketball team is finding a way to win games despite adversity these days, this time finding the right answers in overtime to come away with a 54-50 victory over No. 5 Dunbar on Friday at Coppin State.

Senior guards Nick Faust and Mike Cheatam took over when the game counted the most, combining to score 10 of the Knights' 11 overtime points as each finished with 16 points.

Faust had three key rebounds in the extra time and an emphatic dunk in the final seconds to close the game out.  Cheatham got to the rim for two early baskets and also contributed a key assist to Faust.

The Knights, who were shorthanded with a few players suspended after the altercation in the Feb. 4 suspended game against Edmondson, improved to 11-7 on the season and 4-2 in the Baltimore City's Division I league.

The Poets (15-3) got 13 points from guard Iakeem Alston in falling to 5-3 in league play.

"We're just pulling together as a team. We didn't let it get in our heads, we just stuck together as a team and are starting to win," said Faust, a second-team All-Metro selection headed for Maryland.

"Mike and I, we're always pushing each other every day in practice and we push each other in games to try to get our team a win," Faust said. "We're just trying to do our best."

No. 10 Mount St. Joseph 65, No. 2 John Carroll 61: In a fight for their playoff life, the host Gaels (21-8) stepped up and upset the Patriots' bid to become undefeated in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association play.

Mount St. Joseph led for most of the game and knocked down 10 of 13 free throws in the fourth quarter to win. John Carroll fell to 26-2.

The Mount's Kameron Williams and Patriots' Malcolm McMillan each finished with 28 points. Next week's MIAA-A Conference playoff teams include: John Carroll, St. Frances, McDonogh and Mount St. Joseph. A Gaels' loss would have opened the door for Calvert Hall.

No. 8 McDonogh 67, St. Maria Goretti 42: B.J. Andrews had 19 points and Robbie Weingart added 18 to power the visiting Eagles (18-9) past the Gaels.

No. 12 Lake Clifton 56, Joppatowne 38: Trae Summers had a double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds) and the host Lakers (14-5) countered the Mariners' stall ball approach with an up-tempo game. Lake Clifton went on a 15-8 run in the second quarter and switched their full-court press to a trap out of the zone to speed the game up.

No. 14 Annapolis 65, Arundel 56: Tajuan Watson scored 19 points and Delonte Joyce got his second straight double-double (11 points, 12 rebounds) for the Panthers (17-3).

Calvert Hall 60, Archbishop Spalding 59: The visiting Cavaliers threatened late in the second half, including a buzzer-beater 3-pointer by Ryan Flynn, but Spalding's rally fell short. Denzel Richardson finished with 16 points for the Cardinals (16-14).

Old Mill 101, Chesapeake-AA 65: Eric Savage scored 26 points to power the host Patriots (15-4).

Baltimore Sun reporters contributed to this article.

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