No. 5 Dulaney bounces Dunbar; Western surges past Spalding (VIDEO HERE!)

Lake Clifton’s Arman Harried drives Theodore Roosevelt’s Jibril Muhammad during Friday’s boys basketball match at the Basketball Academy. The No. 8 Lakers won 72-42 at Morgan State University. (photo – Jimmy Fields Sr.)

by Derek Toney

It would’ve been reasonable for Dulaney High boys basketball to be nervous Friday at the 23rd Basketball Academy. Not only was it the Lions’ first appearance, they had to face Baltimore basketball icon Dunbar in the showcase final game late Friday evening.

No. 5 Dulaney was more than ready for “prime time,” defeating the Poets, 79-66, at Morgan State University’s Hill Field House. No. 8 Lake Clifton, Mervo and National Academy Foundation each won while Woodlawn fell in boys action.

In the lone girls contest, No. 11 Western turned a competitive match into a rout with a 61-32 decision over Archbishop Spalding. Sophomore guard Vashae Rideout scored 17 points for Western (10-2) and Sanaya Gray added 15.

Leading 22-17 at half, the Baltimore City school held Spalding without a basket for nearly two quarters. Freshman guard Nyceara Pryor contributed 11 points for the Doves, who outscored the Cavaliers, 39-15, in the second half.

Sophomore Koi Sims finished with nine points for Spalding. The Cavaliers managed field goals from Breanna Smith and Maddi Peterein in the second half.

After returning to VSN’s Top 20 for the first time in several seasons a couple of weeks ago, the now-unranked Severn school has dropped four straight decisions (all by double-digits). The Cavaliers (8-9) look to reverse fortunes Saturday against No. 6 Pikesville at the Academy while Western takes on No. 20 Mount Carmel.

Despite 13 points from Tyroy Cooper, Woodlawn dropped a 68-50 decision to Springdale Prep. Trailing 11-10 after one period, the Warriors (7-4) were outscored, 22-8, in the second quarter.

Kareem Carter and Vincent Douglass each finished with 20 points for Springdale Prep, which is in its first season. Brian Walker had 17 points for the New Windsor school.

National Academy Foundation had just six players in uniform, but it was more than enough in a 75-45 rout of Randallstown. Junior guard Tavon Hartz poured in 26 points for the Eagles, and senior center Chris Barnett finished with 13.

NAF (4-5), which won the Baltimore City league’s Division II crown last season, raced out to a 13-2 advantage. Davon Moses and Michael Wright each had 10 for the Eagles.

NAF coach Camontae Griffin said injuries have depleted his roster. One player is recovering after being caught in the crossfire of a shooting a couple of weeks ago.

“It starts at practice, demanding their attention at practice and in the game,” said Griffin, in his first season. “It’s a work in progress…Baltimore kids are very resilient.”

Chase McWhite scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half for Randallstown (4-6), which is scheduled to play Kings Christian Academy Saturday morning. NAF plays Woodlawn in the afternoon session.

Mervo held off Prince George’s County’s Oxon Hill for an 80-72 victory. Cory Petergan scored 17 points for the Mustangs (7-5), and Rico Lang and Demonee Carter each finished with 14.

The Hillen Road school opened up a double-digit advantage in the second half, leading 65-49 after a Petergan’s 3-pointer with 4:44 remaining in regulation. Oxon Hill pulled to 74-70 with 29.4 seconds left before Carter converted four straight free throws.

Ronald Polite finished with 18 points for Oxon Hill (6-2), which plays No. 11 Edmondson Saturday afternoon at the Academy. Mervo will match up with Theodore Roosevelt (DC).

Nicknamed the Rough Riders, Roosevelt got a rough ride from Lake Clifton in a 72-32 bashing. Junior guard Michael Gray scored a game-high 26 points for the Lakers (12-1).

The St. Lo Drive school raced out to a 42-19 halftime advantage. Keith Johnson and Arman Harried added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Lake Clifton returns to Hill Field House Saturday for a matchup with Dulaney.

The spotlight didn’t faze Dulaney, which pulled away from Dunbar for its 10th victory in 11 starts. Junior forward Che Evans scored a game-high 23 points and Ryan Conway and Cameron Byers each added 18.

“Our guys came here confident. Our coach wouldn’t put us in something we couldn’t win,” said Evans. “He had more confidence than we did.”

“It’s a fine line between confidence and being naive. Some of our guys are so young, I think they’re actually a little naive,” said Dulaney coach Matt Lochte. “Obviously, Dunbar is an unbelievable program with history and tradition. You’re not going to find teams that play as hard as Dunbar.”

The Lions weren’t in awe of the defending Class 1A state champs, playing an uptempo pace for most of the evening. The Baltimore County squad, coming off a season-low 56 points Wednesday in victory over Hereford, led by as many as 17 points Friday.

“We like to push tempo, we called it ‘Phase 3,'” said Lochte. “We pressed the entire first half, on and off throughout second half. We like to think we can fatigue teams.”

Dulaney had a 39-25 advantage late in the first half after an Evans basket. The Lions appeared to have command at 61-44 after Conway hit a transition jumper following a block from Cameron Byars.

The Poets (7-6) stormed back with a 10-0 run, capped with Dasean Jones basket, closing the gap to 61-54 with 5:42 left in regulation. Evans answered, tipping in his own miss, and Dunbar was whistled for an intentional foul.

Dulaney’s Che Evans prepares to slam home two of his 23 points against Dunbar. The No. 5 Lions pulled away for a 79-66 victory. (photo – Jimmy Fields Sr.)

Cornish hit a free throw, and Evans scored inside, pushing Dulaney’s lead back to 66-54. Dunbar got to within 68-61 with 2:11 left, but Byars’ score off Evans’ missed free throw, put the Lions in the clear at 73-61, with about 90 seconds left.

“We knew when we were up 17, we knew we had to keep our foot on the pedal,” said Conway. “We kept our composure and played with confidence.”

Jones led Dunbar with 20 points, and Malik McCormick added 11. The Poets will try to rebound against Milford Mill Academy Saturday.

Dunbar coach Diego Jones said his team “didn’t capitalized on opportunities” Friday.

“Defensively we had some lapses. Our inside guys didn’t protect the middle and take charges,” said Jones. “We played hard. We didn’t get stops in crucial situations.

They [Dulaney] played a little faster than what we saw in our scouting. They’re a good team with quality players.”

Dulaney has another test Saturday night against Lake Clifton to close the Basketball Academy.

“Lake Clifton is another team with a lot of history. We have to come out fighting,” said Evans. “We can’t be laid back and let them take the first punch. We have to take the first punch.”

Basketball Academy

at Morgan State University


No. 11 Western 61, Archbishop Spalding 32

Western – Rideout 17, Gray 15, Pryor 11, Hawkins 6, Fisher 3, Johnson 3, Mills 2, Scruggs 2. Totals 22 12-16 61.

Spalding – Sims 9, Pennick 7, Dzambo 4, F. Peterein 4, Young 4, M. Peterein 3, Smith 3. Totals 8 15-27 32.

Western 9 13 17 22 – 61

Spalding 8 9 4 11 – 32


Springdale Prep 68, Woodlawn 50

Woodlawn – Blakeney 7, Cooper 13, Downs 4, Wilson 5, Harris 5, Rice 3, Gainer 5, Allen 4, Wheeler 2. Totals 21 3-6 50.

Springdale Prep – Lyman 2, Merrick 7, Asang 2, Walker17, Carter 20, Douglass 20. Totals 27 3-3 68.

Woodlawn 10 8 11 21 – 50

Springdale Prep 11 22 11 24 – 68

Mervo 80, Oxon Hill 72

Oxon Hill – Polite 18, Walker 14, Bile 9, Sumner 15, Holland 6, Wrenn 2, Gotham 8. Totals 26 8-16 72.

Mervo  РD. Newman 4, Miller 2, Ludd 8, Carter 14, Petergan 18, Wilson 2, T. Newman 6, Rantin 13, Lang 14. Totals 31 14-15 80.

Oxon Hill 20 11 14 27 – 72

Mervo 17 20 17 26 – 80

National Academy Foundation 75, Randallstown 45

Randallstown – McWhite 20, Smith 2, Lyons 2, Gambrill 4, Moore 3, Idika 11, Gwynn 3. Totals 19 3-6 45.

NAF – Barnett 13, Carter 7, Charles 9, Hartz 26, Moses 10, Wright 10. 26 15-30 75.

Randallstown 14 3 14 14 – 45

National Academy Foundation 20 20 13 22 – 75

No. 8 Lake Clifton 72, Theodore Roosevelt 32

Roosevelt – Jamal Muhammad 3, Fibril Muhammad 4, Reeves 12, Lee-Kane 3, Ware 2, Judge 4, Bullock 2, Johnson 2. Totals 13 3-7 32.

Lake Clifton – Harris 10, Harried 11, Tiggle 4, Gray 26, Johnson 12, Davis 3, Hughes 4, Vaughn 2. Totals 29 10-13 72.

Roosevelt 9 10 9 4 – 32

Lake Clifton 19 23 24 6 – 72

No. 5 Dulaney 79, Dunbar 66

Dulaney – Webster 4, Evans 23, Conway 18, Byers 18, Cornish 8, C. Amoruso 6. Totals 27 19-30 79.

Dunbar – Barney 2, Davis 9, Edwards 3, Jones 20, Hunt 8, Scott 4, Miller 8, McCormick 11. Totals 25 11-16 66.

Dulaney 21 18 20 20 – 79

Dunbar 14 16 14 22 – 66