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Gay leads No. 1 Spalding to 56-52 victory Turnovers foil Annapolis in 76-52 loss to T. Johnson By Pat O'Malley Sun Staff Originally published December 8, 2002 COLLEGE PARK - High-flying Rudy Gay took over in the paint in the second half, scoring 13 of his team-high 18 points as top-ranked Archbishop Spalding soared to a 56-52 win over Archbishop Molloy of Briarwood, N.Y., in yesterday's Morgan Wootten Invitational at the Comcast Center. Gay, a 6-foot-7 junior transfer from Eastern Tech, also had nine rebounds, and 7-foot Maryland signee Will Bowers had 12 points and grabbed three of his six rebounds down the stretch. Junior guard Jesse Brooks, who had 10 points, fed them inside and had eight assists. "Their size was the difference," said Molloy coach Jack Curran, who is in his 45th year with 817 wins and has over 1,300 wins coaching baseball. "They did a pretty good job. No. 21 [Gay] was great. He was the difference." The Stanners came in as the No. 5-ranked team in the New York area. No. 3 Annapolis was the only other local team in the four-game event, named in honor of the retired DeMatha coach, and the Panthers committed 27 tu rnovers in losing, 76-52, to Thomas Johnson of Frederick. In the Spalding victory, the Cavaliers started slowly, were down 15-13 after the first quarter and 28-24 at the half after a three-pointer by the Stanners' Sundiata Gaines, who had a game-high 25 points. Gay hit a short jumper in the paint and followed with a two-handed dunk to cut the deficit to 33-30 early in the third quarter before a three by Molloy's Marlon Smith put the Cavaliers behind by six. After a Bowers free throw reduced Molloy's lead to 37-36 with 38 seconds left in the third period, Matt Latonick made a three-pointer with two seconds left to send the Cavaliers into the final quarter leading 39-37. Playing with four fouls, Gay then scored nine of his 18 points. The last two came on another dunk off a perfect lob from Brooks with 30 seconds left to give Spalding a 52-45 lead. Thomas Johnson 76, No. 3 Annapolis 52: The state's two winningest active public school coaches in Tom Dickman of the Patriots and John Brady of Annapolis met in the first game. Thomas Johnson capitalized on Annapolis' sloppy play to build a 40-26 halftime lead and coasted from there. Thomas Richard, a 6-2 junior guard, led the Patriots with a game-high 26 points, and 6-7 senior Josh Johnson led Annapolis with 17 points and 12 rebounds. It was obvious from the beginning that Annapolis could not handle Thomas Johnson's pressure defense. "We didn't take care of the ball," said Brady, who has the highest winning percentage among active coaches at .850 on his 534-94 record as he starts his 26th season. "They're too good of a defensive team that you have to make good passes and crisp cuts or they will burn you." Said Dickman, who holds the all-time public school record for most wins, notching No. 570 (570-134, .810) starting his 31st season: "We were just using our head-up pressure, not trapping and it got us some early layups." Dickman had his Patriots double-team Panthers All-Metro guard and leading scorer Laronja Owens, and held him to 11 points. Copyright © 2002, The Baltimore Sun
By Pat O'Malley Sun Staff Originally published December 6, 2002 Top-ranked Archbishop Spalding and the No. 3 Annapolis boys basketball teams will be in the spotlight tomorrow at the University of Maryland's Comcast Center. Annapolis and Spalding are playing in back-to-back games in the four-game Morgan Wootten Invitational at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., respectively. Tickets are $15 at the door and $10 at the schools, with VIP tickets going for $25. Meanwhile, Dunbar High School is the site of the boys Baltimore-D.C. Challenge tomorrow. Classes for Baltimore City schools today have been canceled, as has the girls portion of the Challenge. "If [Baltimore City] school is called off [today], the girls games will not be played or rescheduled," Baltimore city athletic coordinator Bob Wade said last night. "After this week, they go into their league games and we go into ours. This is the only time we can play." Annapolis plays the first of four high school games to be played at the new Comcast Center, at 1:30 p.m. against Frederick's Thomas Johnson. The game matches the state's top two active winningest public school coaches, John Brady (534-93, .852) of Annapolis and the Patriots' Tom Dickman (569-134, .809). Dickman passed deceased Allegany coach Walter Bowers last year for the most wins by a public school coach. Bowers was 566-166 (.773) in 30 seasons at the Western Maryland high school. Thomas Johnson returns two starters in 6-foot-2 junior Thomas Richard, who averaged 17.2 points for last year's 25-2, 4A state finalist and 6-3 Luke Ledyard. "We're fortunate to get invited, and we're going to play a well-coached team," Brady said. Annapolis (25-1) is led by the All-Anne Arundel County duo of guard Laronja Owens (23.4 ppg, All-Metro) and 6-7 center Josh Johnson (19.6 ppg, 12.7 rpg, second-team All-Metro) and 6-5 junior Elliott Devoe. "It's going to be a lot of intensity up there, and I might get sidetracked or something and try to show off," Johnson said. "I just hope to have a good game in front of my friends. Spalding (28-5) plays Archbishop Molloy of New York at 3:30 p.m. The Cavaliers are led by 7-0 center Will Bowers, forwards Rudy Gay and Gus Durr and guard Jesse Brooks. "Molloy is one of the best-coached teams in the country, and they have a tremendous point guard and are not that big inside," said Spalding coach Mike Glick. "Most people would say they're going to beat us. So, we're going in as the underdog, but it's a great experience for our kids to play at the University of Maryland." WNAV (1430 AM) will broadcast the Annapolis and Spalding games on tape delay tomorrow at 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., respectively. Bishop O'Connell of Arlington (Va.) plays defending Class 4A champion Eleanor Roosevelt at 5 p.m. with host DeMatha meeting Magruder at 7 p.m. in the other Comcast games. Several interesting boys matchups are set for tomorrow in the Challenge, with the feature game at 5:30 p.m. pitting defending Class 3A state champion and No. 4 Douglass and defending D.C. champion Spingarn. Spingarn, led by 6-7 Babacar Thiam and 6-4 Sohi Frazier, lost last weekend's IAABO Tip-off final by 79-78 to No. 10 St. Frances. The other Baltimore-D.C. Challenge games tomorrow are: No. 6 Mervo vs. Dunbar, D.C., with their high-scoring guards Tre Kelley and Earl Risby, at 1:30 p.m., and No. 2 Lake Clifton vs. H.D. Woodson at 3:30 p.m. Host Dunbar plays Coolidge at 7:30. Sun staff writer Lem Satterfield contributed to this article. Copyright © 2002, The Baltimore Sun
MARYLAND AP STATE BASKETBALL POLL By: Jeff Graves Date: December 4, 2002 Here is the boys preseason state poll: 1. Montrose Christian (8), 196 2. Spalding (2), 191 3. DeMatha, 178 4. Oxon Hill, 162 5. Lake Clifton, 145 6. Thomas Johnson, 139 7. Friendly, 128 8. Good Counsel, 119 9. Suitland, 110 10. Eleanor Roosevelt, 96 11. National Christian, 89 12. Mervo, 84 13. Riverdale Baptist, 79 14. Magruder, 70 15. Annapolis, 65 16. Mt St Joe, 47 17. Gwynn Park, 37 18. Randallstown, 32 19. St Maria Goretti, 27 20. Bishop McNamara, 22 Others Receiving Votes: Georgetown Prep, 16 Douglass-Balt, 15 Pocomoke, 11 St Francis, 9 Sherwood, 8 St. John's-PH, 7 Southern-Balt, 4 Watkins Mill, 3 Bullis, 3 Southern-AA, 3 Wicomico, 2 Blair, 1 Northwest, 1 Lansdowne, 1
THE POST TOP 20 BOYS' BASKETBALL As of December 6th 2002 1. O'Connell (30-6) Last Year: 3 • WCAC runner-up has premier front court with junior C Brian Johnson (15.7 ppg) and junior F Freddie Stanback (12.1 ppg). 2. Oxon Hill (22-2) Last Year: 7 • Two-time defending Pr.George's 4A champion looks for fourth state tournament appearance in past six seasons. 3. Montrose Christian (23-6) Last Year: 11 • Nationally ranked team brings back three starters, including 6-8 senior Linas Kleiza (18.5 ppg). 4. Gonzaga (22-9) Last Year: 17 • Eagles return four starters, all of whom averaged at least nine points per game. 5. Spingarn (24-7) Last Year: 10 • Three-time defending DCIAA champion has four starters back. Lost to DeMatha in last season's City Title Game. 6. DeMatha (31-3) Last Year: 1 • Two-time defending WCAC and City Title champion enters season with 18-game winning streak, but without Morgan Wootten. 7. Spalding (29-7) Last Year: 18 • University of Maryland-bound senior C Will Bowers (12 ppg) is expected to lead reigning MIAA champion. 8. Riverdale Baptist (20-10) Last Year: NR • Crusaders have two Division I-bound starters: F Sheray Thomas (Kentucky) and SF Orlando Wright (South Carolina State). 9. National Christian (23-7) Last Year: 14 • Eagles will be bolstered by the addition of Patrick Ewing Jr., who transferred from Marietta (Ga.) High. 10. Thomas Johnson (25-2) Last Year: 4 • Maryland 4A finalist has two starters back and seeks third state title in past seven seasons. 11. Herndon (12-10) Last Year: NR • Hornets add transfer Ricky Lucas, a senior forward who averaged 7.6 points per game at Montrose Christian. 12. Dunbar (13-12) Last Year: NR • Crimson Tide has the area's leading scorer from last season, South Carolina-bound G Tre Kelly (27.9 ppg). 13. Potomac (Va.) (22-6) Last Year: 16 • Junior F Jason Flagler (14.8 ppg) and junior G Bryan Butler (14 ppg) are back from team that made Virginia AAA semifinals. 14. Magruder (22-4) Last Year: 9 • Defending 4A West Region champion has seven players back, as it pursues third straight appearance in states. 15. Suitland (12-11) Last Year: NR • Rams have seven players back from team that lost to Oxon Hill in the 4A South Region quarterfinals. 16. Notre Dame (26-6) Last Year: 8 • Dragons return three starters from team that won the Beltway League tournament last winter. 17. Gwynn Park (24-3) Last Year: 6 • Maryland 3A finalist has five players back, including two starters. Looking for fourth state berth in last five years. 18. Annapolis (25-1) Last Year: 12 • Four-time defending Anne Arundel County champion has won its last 59 league games and has four starters back. 19. Chopticon (24-1) Last Year: 15 • 19 Four starters are back, including T.J. Carter (18 ppg) and Jonathan Pease (15.3 ppg). Reached Md. 3A semis last year. 20. Hayfield (27-3) Last Year: 5 • The defending AAA Northern Region champion has three starters back, including Michael Lee (14 ppg). © Copyright 2002 The Washington Post Company
Preseason boys basketball top 20 As of Dec 4, 2002 1. Archbishop Spalding Last season: 28-5, ranked No. 4 The Cavaliers should roll locally behind 7-footer Will Bowers and a deep supporting cast. 2. Lake Clifton Last season: 16-10, No. 16 With a blue-chip frontline of 6-8 seniors Tavon Nelson and Kyle Garrison, the Lakers are the team to beat in Baltimore City. 3. Annapolis Last season: 25-1, No. 2 The Panthers add quickness and depth to the potent trio of Laronja Owens, Josh Johnson and Elliott Devoe. 4. Douglass Last season: 28-0, No. 1 The Ducks lost all five starters from their unbeaten Class 3A state title team, but a few returning players and transfers should make them a force again. 5. Randallstown Last season: 25-1, No. 3 The Rams build around guard Levi Stukes in their quest of regaining the 3A state title. 6. Mervo Last season: 17-9, No. 8 The Frazier brothers, Paul and Chester, and their mates have no intention of giving up their 4A North regional title. 7. Mount St. Joseph Last season: 24-8, No. 5 Quality 6-6 players Will Thomas and Anthony Fair give the Gaels hope of challenging Spalding in the Baltimore Catholic League/Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. 8. Calvert Hall Last season: 22-9, No. 7 Defense and speed, buoyed by senior guards Marques Thompson, Vince Delaney and Jack McClinton, will compensate for the Cardinals' lack of depth. 9. Dunbar Last season: 21-6, No. 6 A lot depends on Michael Thompson's play in the paint and the leadership of guard Mo Barksdale for the Poets to contend in the city. 10. St. Frances Last season: 10-18, unranked A wealth of speed may help the Panthers turn it around for the first time since the days of Mark Karcher (1995-97). 11. Southern-AA Last season: 15-8, No. 17 The Bulldogs have one of their deepest teams in recent memory and could make their first trip to the 2A final four since 1996. 12. Walbrook Last season: 18-6, No. 10 Velmar Coleman and Dustin Lawson will make the Warriors a threat in the city Division II race and the tough 4A North region. 13. McDonogh Last season: 17-10, No. 11 The Eagles will turn up the tempo with guards Corey Davis and Jon Brick and forward Mike Popoko. 14. Aberdeen Last season: 17-7, unranked Guard Dejon Brown leads a deep group of talented players. Robbie Jackson, a 7-foot sophomore, needs time to develop but should help the Eagles. 15. Lansdowne Last season: 15-9, unranked Forward Barry Cornish and the seniors who played on the 18-1 JV team two years ago could lead the Vikings to big things in Baltimore County's Division I. 16. Long Reach Last season: 18-6, No. 19 The backcourt of Mike Smelkinson and Jared Bradford and the 6-5 duo of Zach Hines and Terrell Blackwell make the Lightning Howard County's top team. 17. Woodlawn Last season: 14-9, No. 20 With 6-8 senior Thomas Hickson in the pivot, the Warriors are one of the standouts of Baltimore County. 18. Southern-Balto. Last season: 14-7, No. 12 If Sheldon Walker can get some help, the Bulldogs will compete in the city Division II race. 19. Gilman Last season: 21-13, unranked The 6-6 seniors Victor Abiamiri and Luke Wilson make the Greyhounds the MIAA B Conference front-runner. 20. Meade Last season: 19-7, No. 13 Graduation hit the Mustangs hard, but you never know what the transient school will turn up to help Terrance Johnson and Dan Brearly. Copyright © 2002, The Baltimore Sun