In its loss Tuesday to Lake Clifton, Forest Park High boys’ basketball team showed its youth. Friday, the Foresters displayed their immense potential as well as some resilience.
No. 12 Forest Park edged No. 6 Digital Harbor, 77-74, in a Baltimore City non-division match on Key Highway. Greg Vaughn hit a three-pointer as time expired, giving the Foresters the victory.
Sophomore forward Quintin Judd led all scorers with 20 points for Forest Park (4-1 overall), and DeAnthony McCormick added 17 points. Nymee Manns had 17 points for Digital Harbor (2-2), and junior guard Dajuan Cook finished with 15.
The Foresters had a 10-point lead with a little over two minutes remaining before Cook tied the game at 74 with 56 seconds remaining in regulation. The Rams turned the ball over 3.6 seconds left.
Forest Park inbounded the ball to Judd near halfcourt. With several Digital Harbor defenders converging on him, Judd found Vaughn on the left wing, and he drained the open shot for the game-winner.
“We came off a loss to Lake Clifton, so the emotions were running,” said Forest Park coach Greate White, whose team dropped a 71-65 decision at No. 10 Lake Clifton. “You got to keep the kids’ heads into the game.
When we took that last timeout, we told the kids to play together and run our offense. That’s what we did most of the game.”
After Cook’s game-tying basket, McCormick missed two free throws on the other end for Forest Park. The Foresters forced Cook into turning the ball over, giving the northwest Baltimore school another opportunity.
This time, they didn’t miss.
“We had a better defensive effort than we had at Lake, we didn’t rattle against pressure,” said White. “We were gamed to take on one of the top teams in the area. They had a chip on their shoulders. I think tonight we arrived.”
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|No. 12 Forest Park 77, No. 6 Digital Harbor 74|
|Forest Park: Waters 19, Judd 20, Hargrove 11, Vaughn 9, Brock 1. Total: 77.|
|Digital Harbor: N. Manns 17, A. Manns 13, Cook 15, Smith 13, Epps 3, Kelly 4, White 4. Total: 77.|
|Halftime: Digital Harbor 38, Forest Park 36|