No. 20 Red Storm unable to reverse Fairmont Heights' date with destiny in 1A state boys' basketball final; Gardner scores 18 (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS/PRESS CONFERENCE HERE!!)
Edmondson High boys' basketball team came to the University of Maryland Saturday, looking to add another state title to its resume. Instead, it became an unwilling participant to history.
Fairmont Heights from Prince George's County denied the 20th-ranked Red Storm, claiming the 1A state championshp with a 65-52 decision at Xfinity Center.
Yearlando Reed finished with 17 points for Fairmont Heights (17-8 overall), and Darren Lucas-White added 15 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Teon Gardner had a game-best 18 points for Edmondson (20-5).
The Red Storm was unable to handle Fairmont Heights' balanced attack in the fourth quarter, costing them a third state title in five seasons.
For the first time since 1981, Fairmont Heights are state champions.
“First off I want to give a shoutout to Edmondson-Westside, they have a great team and I followed them all year, I knew they would be here,” said Fairmont Heights second-year coach Chuck Henry. “We challenge our guys to be competitive and to bend but not break. Today we made some adjustments on the fly and I'm just humbled by this moment of winning a state title.”
Fairmont Heights outscored the Red Storm 21-9 in the final period, going on a 7-0 run to open the quarter and tallied the game's final eight points. The Hornets did it after weathering an opening 10-1 salvo from Edmondson.
Edmondson acquired a 19-13 early in the second, but Fairmont Heights responded with a 14-3 run to take a 27-22 lead with 2:55 left in the half. The Red Storm came right back with an 8-0 to take a 30-27 lead spurred by two three-pointers from Gardner, who had 13 in the second quarter.
It was a back-and forth in the third as Fairmont Heights took a 38-34 lead with under three minutes left. Edmondson came to within 39-38 with 1:08 remaining, but Fairmont pushed the lead back to 42-38 with a three-pointer by Reed.
Edmondson cut the lead to 44-43 on a three-pointer by the buzzer by Duckett to end the third. Fairmont Heights didn't break, scoring the first seven points, capped with a dagger from Reed for a 51-43 with 6:11 left in regulation.
The Red Storm was within striking distance, but the west Baltimore school hurried a couple of three-pointers. Edmondson was outscored 28-16 in the paint and 20-13 in second chance points.
“We started the game well and played strong I felt we just rushed a lot of our shots,” said Gardner. “It was a game of runs we just came up short of winning a state championship.”
Fairmont Heights also had a 28-12 advantage in bench points and scored 18 points on 16 Red Storm turnovers. Neither team shot the ball well as Edmondson went 20 of 57 (35 percent) from the field and Fairmont shot 20 of 51 (39 percent) for the game, but made 6 of 7 shot attempts in the final period.
“Of course we are disappointed, but our hats goes off to Fairmont Heights they played a great game,” said Edmondson coach Darnell Dantzler, who led Edmondson to back-to-back titles in 2014 (1A) and 2013 (2A). “I'm proud of my kids they went through a lot of adversity through the season and for us to finish as state-runner ups is special. We played hard all the way down to the end.”
CLASS 1A STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
at University of Maryland
Fairmont Heights 65, No. 20 Edmondson 52
Edmondson-Westside 12 18 13 9 - 52
Fairmont Heights 11 17 16 21 - 61
Edmondson: Gardner 18, Duckett 13, Ruffin 9, Morton 6, Dean 3, Neverdon 3.
Fairmont Heights: Reed 17, Lucas-White 15, Benjamin 14, Quigley 8, Craven 5, Miles 3.
Free throws: Edmondson 6-8 (Morton 2-2, Duckett 2-3); Fairmont Heights 20-30 (Lucas-White 7-11, Benjamin 6-7, Craven 5-6)
3-point goals: Edmondson 6 (Gardner 4, Dean, Duckett); Fairmont Heights 5 (Reed 3, Quigley 2)
Last Updated (Monday, 13 March 2017 17:41)