Dunbar, Edmondson win at Basketball Academy; Oliver powers Patterson to another win (VIDEO HERE!!)
Thanks to Friday’s late afternoon-early evening snow event, the 17th annual Basketball Academy had to do a quick audible, pitting some of the Baltimore City League’s Division I top squads against each other.
Though not inside a packed high school gym, the squads provided more than enough drama at Morgan State University’s Hill Field House.
No. 9 Edmondson rallied past 12th ranked Lake Clifton, 66-59, while No. 3 Dunbar was able to hold off No. 5 City College, 58-48, in the nightcap. Patterson handled Woodlawn in a regularly scheduled matchup at the annual mixer.
The Red Storm (12-3 overall) overcame a 14-point deficit to knock off Lake Clifton for the second time in three days. Senior guard Darius Walker scored 20 points for Edmondson, and Isaiah Tripp added 15.
The west Baltimore school gained the lead for good, 53-51, on two free throws by Darius Hubbard midway in the fourth quarter. The Red Storm led 61-59 after a free throw by Myrek Lee Fowkles and a technical foul was called on Lake Clifton’s Cortell Henson.
Lakers coach Herman Harried disputed the call and was given a technical. The Red Storm converted five free throws. With 20 seconds left, Harried pulled his team off the court.
With Henson (11 points and 11 rebounds) leading the charge, the Lakers (11-5) jumped to an early 9-2 lead as they attacked the center Edmondson’s 2-3 zone. The St. Lo Drive school led 19-5 after a basket by Daquan Ross, who led all scorers with 24 points.
A three-pointer by Hubbard closed the gap to 29-22, but Henson answered with a three-pointer with two seconds left, giving Lake Clifton a 32-22 halftime lead. The Red Storm took over in the third forcing eight steals and held the Lakers scoreless for four minutes, pulling to within 35-33.
“We really didn’t have our legs in the first half, so during halftime we settled down and made some adjustments and we picked it up on the defensive end,” said Edmondson coach Darnell Dantzler, whose team posted a 63-53 decision at Lake Clifton Tuesday afternoon. “Once we did that, we were able to turn the game around.”
Dunbar and City are currently the only unbeaten remaining in Division I. Though Friday didn’t count in the league standings (as well as Lake Clifton vs. Edmondson), the reigning city champ Poets gained a little confidence, making enough plays down the stretch.
“It a was a difficult because we had prepared all week for a different opponent, but the kids handled it in the best way possible and was come out of here with the win,” said Dunbar coach Cyrus Jones.
Senior guard Dax Miles poured in a game-high 22 points for the Poets (12-1) while Kamau Stokes added 14. The Orleans street school trailed only once, using strong play in transition to repel several charges by City (13-2).
The Poets led by as many as eight points as juniors Timmy Bond (11 points) and John Grant (10 points) kept The Alameda school within striking distance. The Knights were down 44-43 with 2:37 left in regulation, but two turnovers fueled a closing 14-5 run for Dunbar.
“A loss like this makes you hungry because we know we get another to chance to beat them,” said City coach Daryl Wade, whose team hosts Dunbar Feb. 12.
Patterson used another monster performance from Dereck Oliver to win for the second time in as many days. Oliver, a sophomore guard, finished with 27 points for the Clippers (12-4) and Kywnten Brooks added 14 in a 68-51 win over Woodlawn.
A three-point play by Oliver and three-pointer by Brooks ended the first quarter as the Kane Street school led 21-7. The Clippers went on a 12-0 run, including back-to-back three-pointers from Oliver to claim their largest lead, 36-11.
A starter as a freshman last season alongside two-time VSN Player of the Year Aquille Carr, Oliver is the Clippers’ leading scorer this season. He had 35 points in Thursday’s victory over Owings Mills at Hill Field House.
“He’s the future of the program,” said Patterson coach Harry Martin. “He’s starting to understand what we’re trying to do, in terms of running the offense.”
“I’ve found a groove since this is my team now,” said Oliver. “We were on a little losing streak but we’re trying to get ready for the playoffs. I want another state championship.”
The Academy is back on schedule Saturday for its final day of boys' action, starting with Owings Mills against No. 18 Digital Harbor at 11:15 a.m. No. 8 Poly taking on Kent County at 3 p.m., followed by City rematching with No. 13 Randallstown.
Lake Clifton matches up with Prince George's County powerhouse Eleanor Roosevelt at 5:30 p.m. followed with a Top 10 matchup featuring Edmondson and No. 6 Milford Mill Academy. Dunbar takes on Riverdale Baptist from Prince George's County in the nightcap.
at Morgan State University
Patterson 68, Woodlawn 51
Patterson – Oliver 27, Brooks 14, Conyers 1, Bass 9, Brown 2, Dandridge 4, Pointer 12. Totals 27 8-16 67.
Woodlawn – Harris 2, Carr 3, McDermott 2, Chambers 3, Arthur 7, Lucas 2, Brown 8, Abrams 3, Smith 15, Owens 6. Totals 20 6-13 51.
No. 9 Edmondson 66, No. 12 Lake Clifton 59
Edmondson - Tripp 20, Hubbard 4, Walker 15, Smith 6, Battle 6, Barnes 1, Hawkins 4. Totals 22 18-34 66.
Lake Clifton - Ross 24, Henson 11, Kees 6, Sewell 2, Jackson 2, Davis 14. Totals 19 15-16 59.
Edmondson 5 17 17 27 - 66
Lake Clifton 15 18 10 17 - 59
No. 3 Dunbar 58, No. 5 City College 48
City - Davis 5, Fisher 4, Bond 11, Pryor 2, George 9, Jo. Grant 10, Ju Grant 6. Totals 15 18-28 48.
Dunbar - Gibson 8, Brown 7, Hampton 2, Stokes 14, Miles 22, McNair 4, Buchanon 1. Totals 18 15-19 58.
Dunbar 17 13 9 19 - 58
City 15 11 10 12 - 48
Last Updated (Saturday, 26 January 2013 12:08)