Woodlawn's Thomas leads Baltimore County All-Stars to win over City team

Senior scores game-high 18 points, propels County's big comeback

  • Lake Clifton's Trae Summers goes to the hoop against Milford Mill's Tevin Hanner.
Lake Clifton's Trae Summers goes to the hoop against Milford… (Monica Lopossay / Photo…)
March 18, 2011|By Mike Frainie, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Woodlawn's Corey Thomas is a rhythm shooter. Luckily for the Baltimore County All-Stars, he found that rhythm at exactly the right time Friday night.

Thomas scored 15 of his 18 points in the final four minutes and 17 seconds to rally the County All-Stars from a 28-point deficit to a 96-92 win over the host Baltimore City All-Stars at Lake Clifton. For his efforts, he was named the game's Most Valuable Player.

The victory was the third consecutive win in the series for Baltimore County.

The senior said he was not playing his game earlier, and he needed a while to settle down and find his stroke from the field.

"I was rushing, just trying to play too fast," Thomas said. "My game is to get everyone else involved, and we weren't doing that. Once we settled down, we were OK. We really wanted to win this."

The City stars looked like they'd run away with the game early on. With the score tied at six, the home team scored the next 14 points -- led by Rodney Pratcher's (Edmondson) four -- to run out to a 20-6 lead.

They continued to build on their lead -- and numerous Baltimore County mistakes -- until they finally took a 70-42 lead on a Rickey Meekins (Patterson) lay-up with 2:00 left in the third quarter.

Then the County All-Stars went to work. The visitors scored eight of the last 12 points of the period to cut the lead to 74-52 after the third quarter. They were even more impressive in the fourth, going on a 31-8 run and playing impressive defense to take the lead, 83-82, on two free throws by Milford Mill's Tevin Hanner with 2:50 left. Thomas gave the County the lead for good with 2:18 left when he hit a long 3-pointer and was fouled. After the free throw, the County led 87-84.

"This reinforces what we've been teaching them," said County coach Al Holley (Milford Mill). "We will be successful when we play as a team. I've watched Corey for years, because we play Woodlawn twice every year. He's an excellent ball player. He has a great outside game and hits his free throws."

As for Thomas, he's just glad to come out on the winning side.

"I've been playing with [some of the kids on the City team] all my life," Thomas said. "I wanted to have fun, but we really wanted to be the champs."

County — McCray 18, Thomas 18, Lagerre 9, Hanner 11, Williams 4, Brown 2, Jeter 6, Echols 8, Doolin 2, Brown 1, Shields 2, Davis 5, Coleman 9. Totals 33 22-37 96.

City — Fisher 5, Alston 4, Smith 19, Colston 14, Pratcher 5, Wallace 7, Pyatt 2, Meekins 14, Sharp 7, Williams 2, Summers 4, Rasheed 7. Totals 38 12-14 92. Half: City, 48-28.

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