On paper, the Dulaney boys basketball team is small. The Lions don’t have a player in the starting lineup taller than 6-foot-2.
But on the court, they are a team to be reckoned with.
Senior guard Lamont Sanders scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the first half, and the visiting (18-5) Lions posted a 60-55 victory over Kenwood Monday night in a Class 4A Section I semifinal.
Senior Alex Kassolis added 12 points for Lions, who extended their winning streak to five games.
“We are growing up along this journey and peaking at the right time,” Dulaney coach Matt Lochte said. “We are playing solid basketball.”
Dulaney advances to play host Perry Hall, a 79-54 winner over Catonsville Monday, in the Section I final at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Perry Hall routed the Lions, 80-58, in early January.
“I am never going to coach a perfect game and we are never going to play a perfect game,” Lochte said. “But we have to be great Wednesday. They are so much bigger than us, but we will be prepared.”
Dulaney had to survive a gritty comeback by Kenwood to move on to face Perry Hall.
The Lions led by 13 points several times in the third quarter and entered the final period with a 46-36 advantage.
The Bluebirds, however, cut the margin to 48-33 with 5:20 remaining on Khyree Ward’s end-to-end layup.
Three minutes later, Greg Alexander’s three-pointer made it 55-55.
But Kenwood didn’t score the rest of the way as Dulaney used Darrell Gray’s put back and three free throws from Cole Harshman to prevail.
“I just gathered the team together and told them, ‘It wasn’t over yet. We have to keep pushing and keep pushing,’” Sanders said of the final minutes. “And we got it done.”
Sanders, who also had five assists and eight points in the first quarter, found most of his success by beating Kenwood defenders in the lane.
The transfer from Glenely Country School had eight points in the first quarter.
“He was absolutely fantastic tonight,” Lochte said. “It was very difficult to stay in front of Lamont. He was able to pretty much get to the pretty basket at will. He is a heck of a player.”
Dulaney freshman point guard Jaylin Wiggins had nine points and five assists. Harshman, a junior guard and transfer from St. Frances, totaled 11 rebounds.
Senior guard/forward Devin Mosley led Kenwood (15-6) with 16 points, Ward finished with 12 and Michael Gillis added 10.