College Park, MD– Lake Clifton Lakers kicked off what was to become a 3 game championship sweep by Baltimore City Public Schools. Charm City had three teams playing for state titles Saturday at the Xfinity Center in College Park. Lake Clifton’s Armon Harried and Michael Gray put on a shooting clinic in the 1A Championship game versus Southern-Garrett. The Lakers veteran backcourt combined for 57 of the Lakers 64 points in the contest.
The Lakers practically controlled the entire game by running isolations for Harried and Gray. Southern-Garrett had no answers defensively, allowing the Lakers to build a 27 point lead late in the 3rd quarter. Despite scoring only 6 points in the fourth quarter, Coach Herman Harried’s kids cruised their way to a second consecutive state championship title with a 64-46 victory.
The second championship game of the Maryland state tournament featured defending 3A champions Polytechnic versus Reservoir. The Engineers were chasing history in the match-up seeking to become the first school to win three Class 3A titles in a row. Early in the contest, it was obvious Reservoir was outmatched by the size, length, and overall talent the Engineers presented. Poly held Reservoir to one field goal in the first and most off the second quarters.
Up 19 at the half, Poly was able to increase the margin by 32 in the 3rd quarter. The Engineers dominated both sides of the ball, but particularly found success in the interior offensively and scoring off turnovers. Unlike last year’s down to the wire 3A championship game against Milford Mill, Poly was never tested the entire 42 minutes of the contest. The Engineers went on to claim their third straight Maryland Class 3A title with a 69-41 win over the Gators.
Senior Amani Walker and Junior Rahim Ali played on in all 3 championship teams. Ali has a good chance of ending his high school career with four Class 3A titles.
After a year hiatus, Patterson Clippers found themselves back in the Class 2A championship for the second time in three years. In 2017, the Clippers held off a scrappy Century team to capture the 2A title. This year they crushed a talented Wicomico squad from Salisbury Maryland.
Led by former Baltimore Player of the Year, Marvin Price, Patterson had four players score in doubled figures. Two Clippers recorded a double-double. Unlike the Poly game, the first quarter was evenly matched between the finalist. Wicomico traded baskets with the Clippers and even held a 1 point lead midway through the 1st quarter.
Tables turned in the second quarter for the Clippers behind a hot shooting Price. At one point during the period Price went on a 8-0 run by himself. Teammates Jalen Willis, Gerard Mungo, and Tyrone Thomas also joined in on the offensive explosion. The trio were success attacking the basketball against an undersized Wicomico’s 2-3 defense.
Wicomico’s title hopes eventually dwindled in the second half. Patterson’s wore down the Eastern Shore squad as the lead ballooned to 23 points in the fourth quarter. The Clippers ended the contest winning 79-56.
Eleanor Roosevelt pummeled Broadneck 77-48 in the Class 4A Championship game. Raiders’ Cameron Brown led all scorers with 25 points ad 14 rebounds.