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2A Semifinal

#8 Oakdale Bears (24-1) v Lake Clifton Lakers (19-5)

Coaches; O Terry Connelly 8th season at Oakdale, 142-44 at Oakdale, 4 regional titles (1 runner-up), 5 CMC titles LC Herman Harried 21st season 416-124 3 state finals, 8 regional titles, 4 City league titles

Final 4 history; O 4th trip, following 3 year run from '13-15 LC 10th trip, with 3 state titles and 2 runner-ups

Vs MPSSAA top 25, 50, 80* O 0-2, 5-1, 12-1 LC 4-3, 7-4, 8-5

Bears key wins; Thomas Johnson 77-60, Flowers 69-66, at Governors Challenge, Linganore 59-41, Thomas Johnson 66-61 CMC title game

Lakers key wins; Edmondson 39-26 12/19, Oxon Hill 56-49 at Mayors Academy, Poly 38-34 1/19, @Mervo 65-47, Edmondson 65-62 (OT) sectional final, New Town 52-43 regional final

Bears losses; @Linganore 69-65 12/19

Lakers losses; John Carroll 77-54 12/19, @Mount Carmel 62-55 1/12, @Patterson 69-47 1/10, @Dunbar 69-55 2/6, City College 54-53 2/9

Strength of schedule - MPSSAA; O 79th Only 2 top 25 games v Thomas Johnson LC 33rd Did play 7 top 25 teams

Streak; O Bears have won 21 straight LC Lakers have won 5 straight since 1 point loss to City

Road/neutral; O 10-1 Only loss was at Linganore LC 9-3 Won regional title at New Town

Oakdale

2 Collin Schlee 6'3 JR - Scored 30 in sectional final win over Liberty, averages 21.5 points, 5 rebounds, 2.5 steals, likely CMC POY

15 JP DeLorenzo 6'2 SR - Scored 20 v Thomas Johnson in CMC title game

3 Drew Jezerio 5'11 SR - CMC assists leader, averaging 7 per game

Lake Clifton

23 Ronald Lucas 6'6 SR - averages 14.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game

1 Michael Gray 5'11 SO - averages 14.0 points and 6 assists per game, scored 18 v New Town in regional final

5 Ben Carter 5'11 SR - averages 11.9 points and 6 rebounds per game

11 Armon Harried 6'3 JR - averages 11.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game

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The two coaches, Terry Connelly and Herman Harried, have had eerily similiar paths heading into their semifinal game.

Both were household names in Maryland high school basketball circles back in the 80's, both played for title winning teams, both played for legendary Maryland public school coaches, and both played big-time college basketball.

Connelly was Frederick County Player of the Year in '85 and '86, playing under Tom Dickman, as the Patriots won back-to-back state titles. Harried was a part of the greatest high school team in history, the Dunbar Poets, under the tutelage of Bob Wade.

Connelly would go on to play at Shepherd for 2 years, earning the conference POY award his sophomore season after averaging 25 points and 13 rebounds. Connelly went on to play his final 2 years at Richmond, where he played a big part in the Spiders becoming the first 15 seed to beat a 2 seed, Syracuse, in a game at Cole Field House, and a game where I was fortunate to sit in the first row, watching Connelly and my good friend Rodney Rice (SJC) be a part of history. Actually, start history, as the 15 seed had gone 0-49 before that thriller. Connelly scored 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and dished out 4 assists in the monumental upset.

Harried finished his career for the aforementioned Syracuse Orangeman 2 years earlier, in '89, coming off the bench for the Orangemen, who featured Derrick Coleman, Sherman Douglas, and Billy Owens. The '89 Orange fell in a thriller in the regional final, 89-86, to one of my favorite college basketball teams of all-time, 'The Flyin' Illini'.

Finally, both coaches are leading teams that are rivals of their alma mater. Connelly, after 10 years at Urbana, has led the Bears to four Final 4's in his 8 years at Oakdale. 'Tree', as Harried is known, has won 3 state titles and 8 regional titles at Lake, with 416 winsin 21 seasons, and now has the court named after him,

 

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1 hour ago, GOOCH said:

Damn shame 

Smh. He's not the first person I've remarked, "That man is going to be a freshman!?!"

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13 hours ago, themamba said:

The Mustangs came into the playoffs at 10-12. They started 1-9, playing a brutal schedule. I had them at #19, pre-season, and that was after the news of Sherwyn Dervonish transferring to Wise. Dervonish led Wise in scoring this season, averaging 19 per game. 

So my my my, Bladensburg is in the 4A finals while Dervonish who came from Bladensburg and all the supposed all-world Wise in-transfers were knocked off in the playoffs after two wins, one of which was an OT win....

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1 hour ago, DayWalker said:

So my my my, Bladensburg is in the 4A finals while Dervonish who came from Bladensburg and all the supposed all-world Wise in-transfers were knocked off in the playoffs after two wins, one of which was an OT win....

You can say the 'Stangs flipped the script on Sherwyn.

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1A State Semifinal

Dunbar 69 Clear Spring 43

Poets move on, easy, heading to their 19th state title game. Phillip led the Poets with 19 points. The soph', West, hauled in 19 rebounds. Your Friday night 3-digit number for Maryland Lottery - 319.

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1A State Semifinal

Fairmont Heights 72 Patterson Mill 49

This one was over by halftime, when the defending champs held a 38-19 lead. Patterson Mill committed 25 turnovers. Twelve Hornets scored. Like 3A, sets up the top two ranked teams in the classification playing in the title game.

The 4A has the defending champ v the PG 4A regional champ, albeit a wild card. The Oakdale-Lake-Clifton game pits the two top ranked 2A teams, so one will be in the final. The River Hill-North Caroline winner will be the underdog.

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2A State Semifinal

Oakdale 30 Lake Clifton 30 H

Lake closes half on a 12-2 run.

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2A State Semifinal

Lake Clifton 68 Oakdale 61

Lake makes it 5 for 5 for Baltimore in the Final 4. Michael Gray scored 22 for Lake, while Collin Schlee scored 22 for the Bears. Gray shot 10-15, had 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Benjamin Carter added 19 points and 7 rebounds for the Lakers. Oakdale led 28-18 with 3 minutes to go in the first half, before Lake tied it at half. Oakdale shot 18-50 (36%) from the floor, while the Lakers shot 25-49 (51%). The Bears did hit 19 of their 21 foul shots. The Lakers makes it three for three for the City League.

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2A State Semifinal

River Hill 28 North Caroline 27 H

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2A State Semfinal 

North Caroline 62 River Hill 48

Joey Adams acores 29 points, 5 days after scoring 31 in the regional final. In the sectional final, David Bailey (Boston College gridiron commit) poured in 30 points, banging 5 3's. Ja'mion Franklin (Notre Dame gridiron commit) scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds tonight. Bailey added 9. River Hill committed 19 turnovers, and hit just 3 of 23 3's. Live by the three, die by the three.

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Fantastic updates and summaries. I really enjoyed reading them.

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7 hours ago, mdrunning said:

Fantastic updates and summaries. I really enjoyed reading them.

I appreciate it, thanks.

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1A State Final

#3 Dunbar (24-3) v #8 Fairmont Heights (22-5)

Coaches; D Cyrus 'Diego'Jones 11th season 211-63, 4 state titles, 6 regional titles FH Chuck Henry 3rd season 50-26, 1 state title, 2 regional titles

Final 4 history; D State-record 15 state titles, 19th state finals appearance (most in MPSSAA), 20th Final 4 appearance FH 8 state titles, 3rd most in MPSSAA history since current 4 classification format in the MPSSAA was established in 1961, behind Dunbar and Gwynn Park, 10th finals appearance, 12th Final 4 appearance

Vs MPSSAA top 25, 50, 80; D 7-2, 10-3, 12-3 FH 2-4, 7-5, 13-5

Poets key wins; Calvert Hall 69-67, @Downington East PA 54-45, @Reading PA 56-54, Milford Mill 57-51 at Mayors Academy, Old Mill 48-34 at Mayors Academy, Edmondson 64-42, Lake Clifton 69-55

Hornets key wins; Bowie 71-66, Douglass PG 62-43, Potomac 86-84, Oxon Hill 87-72, @Douglass PG 74-62

Poets losses; Poly 65-61, @City 51-47, Poly 64-47 in City League title game

Hornets losses; @St Johns 81-39,  Chapelgate Christian Academy 62-57, @Oxon Hill 63-58, Rock Creek Christian 75-61, Wise 66-60 in PG title game

Strength of schedule - MPSSAA; D 19th Poets have played 13 top 50 teams FH 14th 

Streak; D Poets have won 5 straight since Citly League title game loss to Poly FH Hornets have won 11 of 12, with only loss to Wise in PG title game

Road/neutral; D 12-2 FH 10-4

Off/Def; D Off Def FH Off Def

Notes; This is Poets first trip to the Final since 4-peating in '13; Poets are 15-3 in the finals, Hornets, 8-1

Dunbar

5 Da'Shawn Phillip 6'4 SR - Poets leader, leading scorer, averages 18.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg, scored 19 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, had 3 steals in state semifinal

15 Jamal West 6'4 SO - Poets leading rebounder as a soph', averages 14.9 ppg, 11.3 rpg, grabbed 19 rebounds in state semifinal

3 Malik McCormick 5'9 SR - Scored 18 points in state semifinal, scored 22 v Mervo

1 Zephinia Esguerra 5'7 SR - 3-year contributor for the Poets, floor general

Fairmont Heights

0 Darren Lucas-White 6'2 SR - averages 17.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 5.8 apg, has registered 4 triple-doubles this season

21 Kimani Benjamin 6'4 SR - averages 16.7 ppg, 13.2 rpg, 1.7 bpg, scored 25 points, grabbed 21 rebounds v Douglass

35 Yearlando Reed 6'6 SR - averages 12.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, scored 17 v Wise in PG title game

3 Mandell Quigley 5'8 SR - averages 6.2 apg, along with Lucas-Smith, the key distributors to Hornets high octane offense

If Milford Mill-Thomas Johnson was a semifinal of MPSSAA basketball royalty, Dunbar-Fairmont Heights is a title game of MPSSAA basketball royalty.

Dunbar has won a state-high 15 boys basketball state titles, Fairmont Heights has won 8, third most in MPSSAA history since 1961.

Long before the Poets established dominance in the MPSSAA, Kenny Freeman and Fairmont Heights set the foundation.

The legendary coach, and later administrator in PG, coached the Hornets for 20 years, beginning in 1951. Freeman was a household name among basketball circles in the 50's, 60's, and 70's, coaching playground legends such as William 'Chicken Breast' Lee, the first legend ever to have said to be able to grab a quarter off of the top of the backboard and leave change.

Freeman's Hornets won 6 of 8 state titles from '64-71, the only team to ever do so before the aforementioned Poets accomplished the feat 25 years later. Freeman's Hornets twice beat DeMatha in the late 60's and early 70's, including a 18 point victory.

The Hornets were a traveling road show more than a decade before the legendary Poets teams of the early 80's. I remember seeing the Poets in '83 with an old head, saying this was the best team I ever saw. The old head said it was the best public school team he'd seen since the '71 Fairmont Heights team. I took note.

12 years earlier, this old head, then a sophomore, had witnessed the Hornets demolish one of the best teams in HoCo history, the '71 Atholton Raiders, who had 5 players play at the next level, two who eventually played overseas, in the 3A state title game. The final score - Hornets 120 Atholton 69. That point total stood as the state final record for 22 years, until Dunbar posted 122 points in a state finals game in '93. The Hornets scored 43 pounts in a 8 minute quarter, against a quality team.

Freeman would go on to win his 7th state title at Parkdale, matching Thomas Johnson's Tom Dickman for most in MPSSAA history. Today, Poets coach Diego Jones looks to match his assistant, Eric 'Smiley' Lee, for most state titles won at Dunbar, with 5.

We've come full circle.

 

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1A State Title Game

Dunbar 59 Fairmont Heights 48 F

Poets sit back on their perch, as MPSSAA champions, their 16th state title in school history. DaShawn Phillip set the tempo, Jamal West cleaned the glass, and the Poets defense was outstanding. Phillip finished with 27 and 13, while West added 15 and 14, while the Poets held the Hornets 25 points below their average.

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3A State Title Game

Poly 29 Milford Mill 19 H

Lewis with 16 and 9, Mims has 9. Obasi with 7 for the Millers. Lewis is playing with energy. Millers limited to 3-point attempts.

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2A State Title Game

Lake Clifton 63 North Caroline 55 F

The Lakers come from behind in the second half to win its 5th state title, holding off the Bulldogs. Carter and Parker led Lake with 15 points each. The Lakers win gives the Baltimore City league its third triple crown, winning in 3 classes, just as it did in '09 and '12. Perry Hall can give Baltimore City/County its first sweep ever, with a win in 4A.

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BMore owns bball it looks like.....

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4A State Title Game

Perry Hall 56 Bladensburg 52

The Gators go back-to-back, coming back from 10 down with 10+ to go, as La'Quill Hardnet finished his scholastic career with a masterpiece, scoring 31 points, on 13-19 shooting, grabbing 12 rebounds, and blocked 2 shots. Harnett scored 9 straight points in a Gators 13-0 run from the end of the third through the beginning of the fourth, flipping the 10 point deficit to the Mustangs, to a 3 point lead. A lead the Gators would never relinquish.

The Mustangs, who held a 6 point halftime lead, shot 7-27 in the second half. 20 of the 23 Gators field goals were scored in the paint. Daniel Oladapo scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Both Hardnett and Oladapo left points at the line, with both going 4-9 from the charity stripe.

2 years, and say, 3 weeks ago, Perry Hall had never advanced to a Final 4 in school history. The three seniors - Hardnett, Higgs, and Holley, aka 'Triple H', have since led them to three straight Final 4's, and back-to-back 4A state championships. Now, all three look forward to the next level, two on the hardwood, one on the gridiron.

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2 hours ago, DayWalker said:

BMore owns bball it looks like.....

Yes, but you'd be happy to know the gridiron greats represented at the Final 4.

North Caroline's David Bailey (Boston College) and Ja'mion Franklin (Notre Dame) were two the three best Bulldogs, this season, and this Final 4. 

Bailey scored 19 points, though he struggled from 3, going 1-6. Still, 19 points, 6 rebounds in the state final. Bailey scored 30 in the sectional final, banging 5 3's.

Franklin was the third leading scorer for the Bulldogs today, with 8, and leading rebounder, with 7. The Bulldogs led the majority of the game. Lake only led in the final 3 minutes.

Shaun Tolbert (Bowie St) and Jared Lewis (Morgan St) capped off the discount double-take by winning 1A crown in both basketball and football with the Poets, or as you affectionately call them, 'The Orleans St Gangstas'.

Perry Hall's Tyler Holley (Morgan St) had been the Gators most consistent performer over their last three games at XFinity coming into today, dating back to last year, and leaves a champion. Holley now finishes his hoops career with 2 rings.

Collin Schlee, the Oakdale junior quarterback, fell short, along with his Bears in the semifinal loss to Lake, but the signal caller is likely to be named the CMC POY, after averaging 21 points for the CMC champion, 2 loss Bears.

Ugo Obasi (Virginia), the Millers talented receiver, was invaluable to the top 5 Millers, who fell 2 points short of #1 Poly. Scored 20 in the semis. The multi-sport guys aren't completely extinct.

And thats just some kids in the Final 4.

Over on my neck of the woods, on Kilimanjaro, the junior all-county receiver, Eaton, who had '60' catches, '900' yards, was the best player on the basketball team too, averaging just short of 18 a game.

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4 hours ago, DayWalker said:

BMore owns bball it looks like.....

OK lets play some football lol

 

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7 hours ago, themamba said:

.....Jared Lewis (Morgan St) capped off the discount double-take by winning 1A crown in both basketball and football with the Poets, or as you affectionately call them, 'The Orleans St Gangstas'......

Oh My.....   The OG OG  --- The Original Gangstas, Dunbar - the Orleans Gangstas  :o

But it's still a darn shame what the OG and BBalls did to my man 40B and City in week 3....and the taste OG snatched out of the mouth of the Fort Hill coach in week 14.  :(

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56 minutes ago, DayWalker said:

Oh My.....   The OG OG  --- The Original Gangstas, Dunbar - the Orleans Gangstas  :o

But it's still a darn shame what the OG and BBalls did to my man 40B and City in week 3....and the taste OG snatched out of the mouth of the Fort Hill coach in week 14.  :(

DU-NB-AR, Dunbar! DU-NB-AR, Dunbar!

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