No. 11 Dulaney grinds past New Era; City girls upend No. 16 Coppin Academy (VIDEO HERE!)


Dualney’s Ryan Conway (left) has control of the basketball as New Era’s Diyea Little (2) and Jamal Cannady pressures him during Saturday’s boys basketball match at the 24th Basketball Academy. The No. 11 Lions rallied in the fourth quarter for a 53-47 over the 18th-ranked Jaguars at Morgan State University’s Hill Field House. (photo – Jimmy Fields Sr.)

by Nelson Coffin

As Dulaney High standout guard Ryan Conway was face-guarded, double-teamed and simply harassed by New Era Academy in Saturday’s boys basketball contest at the Basketball Academy, it was obvious Lions would have to find a way to overcome the Jaguars.

They did. No. 11 Dulaney rallied for a 53-47 victory over 18th-ranked New Era at Morgan State University’s Hill Field House. Third-ranked City College, No. 4 Edmondson, fifth-ranked New Town, No. 7 Lake Clifton and Randallstown also won in boys play while City College held off No. 16 Coppin Academy in a girls contest.

Freshman guard Taylor Addison scored her only basket, with 30 seconds remaining in regulation, to lift the unranked Knights (6-2 overall) in the opening match of the final day of the 24th annual mixer.

With the shot clock winding down, Addison drove into the paint and drew a foul as her shot trickled through the net, breaking a 28-28 deadlock. She failed to complete the three-point play, and Coppin got a free throw from Arries Early with 15 seconds remaining.

The Eagles (6-5) had one final chance, but Ahniya Free’s shot from the corner was blocked by freshman Remises McCrea. Senior guard Katara Roman led the Knights with 10 points.

Senior guard Jaylin Richardson (11 points) and sophomore guard Ahniya Tillery (10) paced the Eagles, who had deadlocked the score on two Richardson free throws with just over two minutes left in regulation.

City improved to 12-0 with a 61-48 victory over Delaware’s St. George’s Tech. Senior guard Dominic Carrington had a game-high 16 points for the Knights, and Karrell Booker and Clarence Obiajulu each added 12.

The Knights outscored St. George’s Tech, 16-5, in the third quarter, turning a 30-26 halftime lead into 46-31. Junior guard Ahmad Harrison had 10 points.

New Town’s Cameron Blackmon-Bush (left) drives around Wise’s Jalil Farooq. The fifth-ranked Titans routed the Prince George’s County’s school, 68-39. (photo – Jimmy Fields Sr.)

New Town played spoiler in a 68-39 victory over Prince George’s County’s Henry A. Wise. Delaware State University-bound guard Martaz Robinson scored a game-best 20 points and Andrew Mills finished with 18 for the Titans (7-1).

The defending Baltimore County champs led by 30 points after three periods, denying Wise coach Lou Wilson his 700th career victory. Seniors Twan Carter and Gerrell Johnson each added 13 and 10 points, respectively for New Town.

Randallstown completed a two-game sweep at the Basketball Academy, topping Dunbar, 64-48. Sophomore guard Marshall Mason scored 12 points, and Iru Pettus added 10 for the Rams (4-3).

The Rams led 25-12 at halftime as, for the first time, Dunbar (4-6) failed to win a game at the 24th annual mixer. Sophomore guard Raynell Bert scored 14 points and Davion Charles finished with 12.

Edmondson (11-2) got 20 points from Eontee Nelson in a 48-45 victory over Woodlawn. Tyray Cooper and Kiran Thompson each had 1o points for the Warriors.

In the final game, Lake Clifton held off previously undefeated Prince George’s County’s Oxon Hill, 73-72. Zac Blackwell scored 18 points for the Lakers, and Michael Gray added 15.

Tyree Green broke a 68-68 tie with a free throw with one minute, 20 seconds left in regulation for Lake Clifton. Tremayne Martin added two free throws and finished a Moore pass for an alley-oop dunk, giving the Lakers a 73-68 advantage with 36 seconds to play.

The Clippers (7-1) trailed 73-72 after Marlon Ellerbe’s basket with 5.9 seconds remaining. Lake Clifton’s Jalen Morris missed the front end of an one-and-one, and Ellerbe lost the ball, driving to the basket.

Martin finished with 13 points for the Lakers, who lost to Rock Creek Christian Academy Thursday. Morris had 10.

New Era Academy produced a monster third quarter against Dulaney. The Jaguars scored 20 points in the third frame — and added a 3-pointer by senior guard Diyea Little to begin the final period — while turning a 25-17 halftime deficit into a healthy 40-32 advantage.

The Lions, however, found some answers of their own in a 21-7 closing run that secured a 53-47 verdict for the Timonium school. Junior guards Jaylin Webster and Jaylen Amoruso, fueled the spurt that put their team ahead before senior forward Cameron Byers nailed the door shut on New Era by netting the game’s final eight points.

Webster swished a medium-range jumper to begin the Lions’ final push that also included a long bank shot by Conway in a rare moment the electric junior point guard was able to break free from New Era’s defensive grip.

Then, Amoruso started to work his magic. First, he had a clean steal-and-finish to knot the score at 45-all with just under two minutes left in regulation prior to working through a double team to find Byers in the paint for an easy bucket and a 47-45 lead.

Amuroso then took a charge, giving Dulaney an extra possession that it used to great effect when Byers converted another shot and was fouled to complete an old-school 3-point play.

“No question that changed the game,” Dulaney coach Matt Lochte said. “We had been chipping away and cut the lead to four — and then the next thing I know, we’re up by two.”

Webster said that the team’s experience in similar situations helped Dulaney to weather the storm created by senior guards Jamal Cannady and James Elliott and senior forward/center Rico Lang. Lang led the Baltimore City school with 13 points, and Cannady had 12.

“We’ve been in this position before,” Webster said. “We just needed to keep pushing and lock in on defense. They’re a great team but we were well prepared for what they do.”

“We adjusted to the way they were playing on-ball (defense),” Amoruso said.

His tight defense and work on the boards (9 rebounds) were key components of the win — especially on the game-tying steal.

“He had been crossing me over,” Amoruso said. “Then I saw an opportunity and I took it.”

Conway, who totaled 41 points and added five assists in a victory over Baltimore County rival Sparrows Point on Friday, had 11 points, six assists and five rebounds against New Era.

The best part of the comeback, Lochte said, was how well the Lions kept their cool.

Edmondson’s Quron Jones (center) tries to get off a shot between Woodlawn’s Kiran Thompson (1) and Kameron Downs. The fourth-ranked Red Storm defeated the Warriors, 48-45. (photo – Jimmy Fields Sr.)

“We didn’t fold, and we didn’t point fingers,” he said.

BASKETBALL ACADEMY

AT MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

GIRLS

City College 30, No. 16 Coppin Academy 29

Coppin Academy: Ahniya Tillery 10, Jaylin Richardson 11, Nyshae Weaver 7, Arries Ealy 1. Totals: 9 9-19 29.

City College – Katara Roman 10, Niana Rosser 6, Julia Harrington 6, Remise McCrae 3, Taylor Addison 3, Jayla Boykin 2. Totals: 11  7-15 30.

Coppin Academy 4 9 10 6 – 29

City College 8 11 4 7 – 30

BOYS

No. 11 Dulaney 53, No. 18 New Era Academy 47

New Era – Rico Lang 13, Jamal Cannady 12, Diyea Little 7, Demetrius Howard 6, James Elliott 5, Darius Cole 2, Tyshawn Richardson 2. Totals 20 7-12 47.

Dulaney – Cameron Byers 15, Jaylin Webster 12, Ryan Conway 11, Latrell Harper 9, Jaylen Amuroso 6, Crevon Adams 2. Totals 21 10-20 53.

New Era 2 15 20 10 – 47

Dulaney 8 7 17 21 – 53

No. 4 Edmondson 48, Woodlawn 45

Edmondson – Nelson 20, Hartz 5, Lewis 8, Harrell 4, Jones 3, Frisk 8. Totals 16 10-18 48.

Woodlawn – Thompson 10, Cooper 10, Dennis 4, Thomas 2, Allen 9, Rice 8, Riggs 2. Totals 17 5-11 45

Edmondson 8 12 18 10 – 48

Woodlawn 15 7 11 12 – 45

No. 5 New Town 68, Henry A. Wise 39

New Town – Blackmon-Bush 6, Johnson 10, Marcano 2, Robinson 20, Carter 13, Mills 18. Totals 28 5-8 68.

Wise – Frager 6, Thomas 12, Ford 2, Reuben 2, Price 4, Harvey 2, Farooq 3, Ruston 6, Winbush 2. Totals 16 6-20 39.

New Town 20 10 24 13 – 68

Wise 13 8 6 12 – 39

Randallstown 64, Dunbar 48

Dunbar – Charles 12, Pullen 2, Newsome 2, Gross 3, Bert 14, Grimes 1, Stevenson 11. Totals 19 10-28 48.

Randallstown – Wells 9, Gambrill 5, Pettus 10, McWhite 9, Felt 8, Herbert 5, Roach 1, Mason 12, Smith 2. Totals 24 10-18 64.

Dunbar 4 8 17 19 – 48

Randallstown 13 12 18 21 – 64

No. 7 Lake Clifton 73, Oxon Hill 72

Lake Clifton – Gray 15, Blackwell 18, Martin 13, Morris 10, Hodges 6, Green 6, Davis 3. Totals

Oxon Hill – Holland 24, Curry 5, Summer 15, Myers 17, Hawkins 2, Jones 8. Totals 26 11-13 72.

Lake Clifton 23 15 15 20 – 73

Oxon Hill 19 9 20 24 – 72

No. 3 City College 61, St. George’s Tech (DE) 48

City – Booker 12, Brooks 5, Carrington 16, Cuthrell 4, Obiajulu 12, Kalu 2, Harrison 10. Totals 21 15-25 61.

St. George’s Tech – Wright 13, Rambert 4, Paden 15, Tucker 14, Brinkley 2. Totals 20 6-9 48.

City 9 21 16 15 – 61

St. George’s Tech 11 15 5 17 – 48