EDMONDSON 48, WOOD­LAWN 45 De­fense lifts No. 5 Red Storm to vic­tory over ri­val War­riors

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - VARSITY - By Glenn Gra­ham

The Edmondson boys bas­ket­ball team was cling­ing to a one-point lead against Wood­lawn, hun­ker­ing down in a 2-3 zone with 41 sec­onds to play.

De­fense has long been a con­stant for the No. 5 Red Storm, and it showed once again.

Guard Dedrick Har­rell’s quick hands turned a steal into a layup and for­ward Brian Rice se­cured the team’s 48-45 win over the War­riors with a blocked shot in the clos­ing sec­onds at the 24th an­nual Bal­ti­more City Pub­lic Schools Bas­ket­ball Academy at Mor­gan State’s Hill Field House.

Se­nior guard Eon­tae Nel­son car­ried the of­fense with 20 points as the Red Storm im­proved to 11-2. Wood­lawn fell to 5-3.

“The kids are play­ing well and the fo­cus was there down the stretch,” Edmondson coach Dar­nell Dant­zler said. “I called a time­out to set­tle them down a lit­tle and told them we had to get the de­fen­sive stops. They did well on the de­fen­sive end and that’s what I’m most proud of.”

The game was tight well into the third quar­ter un­til Edmondson se­nior Daniel Frink went on his own 8-0 run — in­clud­ing a bas­ket, a three-point play and a 3-pointer — to put the Red Storm up, 38-31, in the fi­nal minute of the third quar­ter.

But the schools are only 2 miles away from each other and nei­ther team was about to budge.

So Wood­lawn, which got 10 points each from Ki­ran Thomp­son and Tyray Cooper, stayed per­sis­tent and chipped away with a 3-pointer from Cooper that tied the game at 42 with 4:47 to play.

Edmondson’s Tra’Shawn Lewis an­swered with a quick bas­ket in­side and then two free throws be­fore Emanuel Rice hit a 3-pointer for Wood­lawn with 1:11 left to cut the Red Storm lead to 46-45.

Nel­son said the Red Storm was just fine with the busi­ness of clos­ing the tight game with a quick talk at half­time help­ing at the end.

“We stayed to­gether, we ex­e­cuted and got the win,” he said. “At half­time, we were talk­ing about com­ing to­gether on de­fense and we did. We com­mu­ni­cated bet­ter on de­fense, got some steals and some fast break layups. [In the fi­nal minute,] I just told my team to stay calm and we go it.”

De­spite the set­back, Wood­lawn coach Bobby Richard­son saw plenty to build on as the War­riors look to get into the thick of their Bal­ti­more County slate.

“A cou­ple mishaps down the stretch, but great com­pet­i­tive­ness,” he said. “We’re re­ally com­ing along — it was a gritty game. This gets you ready for county play — it’s a high level of bas­ket­ball where ev­ery team can be beat.”

E – Lewis 8, Nel­son 20, Hartz 5, Jones 4, Frink 8, Har­rell 4. To­tals: 16 10-18 48

W – Thomp­son 10, Cooper 10, Downs 4, Allen 9, Rice 8, Thomas 2, Riggs 2. To­tals: 17 4-9 45. Half: W, 22-20

No. 9 Du­laney 53, New Era 47: The Lions (7-3) trailed 40-32 early in the fourth quar­ter be­fore clos­ing with a 12-2 to earn the come-from-be­hind win at the Bas­ket­ball Academy.

Jaylen Amoruso had a steal and layup to tie the game at 45 with 1:46 to play and found Cameron By­ers in­side on the Lions next pos­ses­sion to give them the lead for good. By­ers scored the Lions fi­nal eight points to fin­ish with a team-high 13 points. New Era (7-4) got 13 points from Rico Lang.

NE - Howard 6, Can­nady 11, El­liott 5, Coles 2, Lang 13, Richard­son 2, Lit­tle 8. To­tals: 18 9-15 47

D - Harper 9 , By­ers 15, Adams 2, Amoruso 6, Web­ster 12, Con­way 9. To­tals: 19 14-22 53. Half: D, 25-17

Girls

City 30, Cop­pin Academy 29: Fresh­man guard Tay­lor Ad­di­son’s driv­ing layup with 30 sec­onds was the dif­fer­ence as the Knights were able to hold off the Ea­gles at the Bas­ket­ball Academy.

Her bas­ket gave City a 30-28 lead and then af­ter one free throw from Cop­pin’s Ar­rie Ealy cut the lead to one, the Knights used tight de­fense to close the win.

Just be­fore the buzzer, Cop­pin guard Ah­niya Free got a shot off from the left cor­ner that was blocked by Remises McCrea.

City got a game-high 10 points from Katara Ro­man.

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