No. 4 City vs. Coolidge is the boys basketball Game of the Week

December 05, 2013|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

What: Baltimore vs. Washington, D.C. Challenge

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: Lake Clifton


City: Timmy Bond, Sr., G; Omari George, Sr., G; Kamau Stokes, Sr., G

Coolidge: Sam Briggs, Sr., G; Kory Cooley, Sr., G; Doug Farley, Sr., F


It's no secret that No. 4 City is the heavy favorite in the tough Baltimore City league going into the season. The Knights have all five starters back from last year's 20-win team and added Dunbar transfer Stokes.

Coach Daryl Wade likes the idea of playing a quality opponent (Coolidge comes into the season as the defending District of Columbia State Athletic Association Tournament champions) early in the season to get a feel for where his team stacks up.

"It's definitely a gauge and the good competition builds character and helps us get through the season," he said.

Since their difficult loss to eventual Class 3A state champion Milford Mill in the North region title game, the Knights have been champing at the bit to get back on the court together.

The Colts like to push the ball up the floor with Briggs and Cooley, so getting back on defense and controlling the tempo will be key for the Knights.

City has plenty of scoring options starting with Bond, George and Stokes — all three earned All-Metro second-team honors last season — so making the extra pass to get the best shot available will be important.

Junior guard Blair Davis often takes care of the basketball for the Knights, who can also look inside to twin forwards John and Juwan Grant.


Boys basketball

Baltimore vs. Washington, D.C. Challenge

Saturday at Lake Clifton

No. 9 Poly vs. Ballou, 1 p. m.

No. 13 Dunbar vs. Woodrow Wilson, 3

No. 7 Edmondson vs. Roosevelt, 5

Girls basketball

Baltimore vs. Washington, D.C. Challenge

Friday at Lake Clifton

Dunbar vs. H.D. Woodson, 5

Poly vs. Woodrow Wilson, 7

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