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99-00 All-Metro boys basketball By Pat O'Malley Sun Staff Originally published March 26, 2000 Player of the Year Derrick Snowden, Spalding: Quickness, instincts, superb ball handling and competitive fire set Snowden apart over the last two seasons as the metro area's premier point guard. The 6-foot Snowden, who is headed to Villanova and is the only local player named to April's Capital Classic, capped an incredible four-year varsity career by leading the Cavaliers (25-11) to their first ever No. 1 ranking in The Sun's final poll, the first for an Anne Arundel County boys team. "Derrick was one of the five-best point guards in the nation and clearly our leader," said Cavaliers coach Mike Glick. Snowden, Spalding's career leader in points (1,404) and assists (695), is a repeat All-Metro selection who lifted his scoring average from 10.2 points to a club-leading 15.9 (55 percent from the field and 73 percent at the line). Also leading in assists (4.6) and steals (2.2), Snowden rung up his numbers playing in five national tournaments plus the Baltimore Catholic League tournament. Twenty-seven of the team's 36 games came against teams ranked locally or nationally. While he developed into an outstanding offensive player, defense is still Snowden's calling card. One of only three players to be named Anne Arundel County Player of the Year twice and All-County three times, Snowden won Baltimore Catholic MVP honors for both the regular season and tournament (second straight), repeat All-Tournament team and Most Outstanding Player at the Alhambra. Snowden scored 63 points in three games at the Alhambra, including 28 (14 final period) in a 67-55 loss to DeMatha in the final, as Spalding became the ninth BCL team to advance to the championship. Tremaine Robinson, Archbishop Spalding: With his numbers slightly up from last season as a junior All-Metro, the powerfully built 6-4, 200-pound swingman became a more complete player this season. Dubbed "Showtime" by his teammates for his rim rattling dunks and high flying alley-oops, Robinson, who signed with Towson University, averaged 13.5 points - shooting 52 percent from the field and 72 percent at the line - 5.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 steals and a team-leading 24 blocks. More importantly, Robinson learned to adjust to what is best for the team by playing improved and more aggressive defense, and on nights, when his offense was taken away, he contributed by taking to the boards or unselfishly serving as decoy to open up others. "Tremaine possesses remarkable athleticism that can make him unstoppable, inside or outside," said coach Mike Glick. "And he became a defensive force this season." A four-year starter and co-catalyst with Snowden, Robinson was named to the BCL All-Tournament Team after scoring 59 points and grabbing 20 rebounds in three victories. Closing his high school career at the 40th Alhambra, Robinson's 20 points in a first-game 58-47 victory over D.C.'s St. John's, the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion, propelled the Cavaliers to the final. Robinson tossed in 10 points in the tough 67-55 loss to DeMatha in the Alhambra championship and earned second team All-Tournament honors.
Sports DEMATHA BOYS 70, PALLOTTI 62; This Time, No. 1 Stags Guard Their Advantage Chad Capellman Special to The Washington Post 01/05/1997 The Washington Post FINAL D04 Copyright 1997, The Washington Post Co. All Rights Reserved Top-ranked DeMatha displayed two of the primary reasons it has not lost to an area team this season in a 70-62 victory over No. 5 Pallotti in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference opener for both teams before an estimated crowd of 1,200 at Laurel High School. Unlike last season, when the Stags (12-1, 1-0) jumped to an early 18-1 lead before being upset by Pallotti, the back-court tandem of senior Brian Westbrook (10 points, 11 assists) and sophomore Keith Bogans (16 points, eight assists) gave DeMatha an early lead and helped squelch several late comebacks to end the Laurel school's winning streak at 11 games. Junior forward-center Nate Green led Pallotti (12-2, 0-1) with a game-high 20 points. In the second quarter, DeMatha, which lost to Simon Gratz of Philadelphia, went on an 11-0 run to take a 28-13 lead as Pallotti went scoreless for more than four minutes. "The key to the game was that second quarter," Pallotti Coach Mike Glick said. "We couldn't get the ball inside to Nate Green and then we were coming from behind the rest of the way." Pallotti was well aware of Bogans's presence but could to little to stop the guard who benefited from seeing significant playing time as a freshman last season. While dealing with a box-and-one defense centered on him, Bogans remained focused. "I really like the way Keith maintained his composure," DeMatha Coach Morgan Wootten said. "I think he is gaining maturity by the day." Notes: An estimated 300 fans were turned away from the game as the gym was filled to capacity for the conclusion of the junior varsity game between the two schools. . . . Pallotti's Kenny Whitehead made his first appearance since injuring his knee in the second game of the season. The 6-9 center, who transferred from Washington and Lee in Arlington at the beginning of the school year, scored two points and had three rebounds. . . . DeMatha's Brad Martin, a 6-4 forward who missed the past three games because of illness and other reasons Wootten would not specify, scored 10 points and had eight rebounds. D (12-1, 1-0) Ablo 3, Martin 10, Robertson 3, Westbrook 10, Day 8, Green 7, Bogans 16, Forte 11, Scott 2. Totals: 25 19-31 70. P (12-2, 0-1) Falkner 6, Green 20, Morris 14, Smith 11, Stewart 3, Whalen 6, Whitehead 2. Totals: 23 14-15 62. Halftime: DeMatha 33-20. Three-point goals: D -- 1 (Bogans), P -- 2 (Smith, Stewart)