Oakland Mills vs Douglass boys basketball

Nekhi Bradley of Oakland Mills leads a fast break up the court against Douglass in the Oakland Mills Holiday Tournament. (Staff photo by Brian Krista / December 28, 2012)

Oakland Mills didn’t have to be perfect to stay perfect Friday night in the championship game of its own Holiday Tournament.

The Scorpions had more turnovers (18) than field goals (16) against Douglass (Balt.), but managed to make enough plays down the stretch to hold on for a 46-43 victory and improve to 8-0 on the season.

“It was one of those games where you hold on and hope you can find a way to pull it out … we made a few big plays at the end to give ourselves an opportunity to win that game, but boy was it ugly,” Oakland Mills coach Jon Browne said. “(Douglass) put up a good fight.”

Oakland Mills (6-0, 8-0) ended up scoring 12 of the game’s final 18 points over the last three minutes, helping overcome what was the team’s largest deficit of the game, 37-34.  Dajuan Dent (14 points, 8 rebounds) made four foul shots, Marvin Williams had two lay-ups in transition and Lavon Long (7 points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocks) threw down a big dunk during the late-game run that clinched the victory.


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“A couple of guys made a couple of plays down the stretch defensively that got us out in transition and I thought that was the difference,” Browne said. “We were pretty stale most of the night offensively and that was somewhat because of their man defense, so we needed those fast-break opportunities.”

In the loss, Dontrell Kelly (21 points and 14 rebounds) and Corey Carter (12 points) led the way for a Douglass team that had advanced to the championship game by defeating North Country a day earlier.

Both teams struggled early, with Douglass holding a 7-4 advantage after the first quarter following a put-back by Kelly. It wasn’t until the second quarter that Oakland Mills finally found a little rhythm in the second, putting together two runs of six or more points to take a 21-14 lead in the half.

Then to start the third quarter, following a 3-pointer by Daivon Tapscott (11 points), Oakland Mills managed to open up a 10-point cushion. But before the Scorpions could issue the knock-out punch, Douglass responded with its own 13-1 spurt to retake the lead.

Carter scored eight of his points during the run.

The lead changed hands four more times leading up to Kelly’s three with 3:18 remaining in regulation that put the Ducks up by three, 37-34. With its back against the wall, though, Oakland Mills delivered down the stretch.

“You have to be able to find a way to win and the kids have shown resiliency in that respect,” Browne said. “We’ve played some pretty rough games here in our own gym and managed to play the last two minutes well. So at least we’re finishing well.

“At the end of the day, 8-0 is 8-0.”

Oakland Mills 46, Douglass (Balt.) 43

OM (6-0, 8-0): Dent 14, Tapscott 11, Long 7, Reyna 4, Williams 4, Bradley 3, Hunter 2, Willis 1.

D: Kelly 21, Carter 13, Jackson 7, Woodland-Hunt 2.

Half: 21-14 OM.

Other scores:

Lake Clifton 56, Centennial 52 (IAABO Mixer)

The Eagles were able to slow down Lake Clifton, forcing the Lakers to play a half-court game most of the evening, but ultimately it just wasn’t enough to pull out the victory at Northwestern High School in Baltimore. Omari Ringgold had 19 points, while Bradley Benson and Timi Tinuoye added 10 apiece, for a Centennial team that was up by as many as 11 points, 34-23, in the third quarter before Lake Clifton made its late-game run to pull out the victory.

“I felt like we liked what we had in terms of the pace, but there were some turnovers in the half court that really cost us,” Centennial coach Chad Hollwedel said. “We put ourselves in position where we probably should have won the game, so from that standpoint we definitely did some good things to get ourselves that 10-point lead in the third quarter … We saw some great growth the last two days here.

“Now we’ve got to take that and extend it throughout an entire four quarters.”

LC (6-1): Ross 23, Henson 11, Coleman 6, Seward 5, Winder 5, Kess 4, Brown 2.

C (3-3, 4-4): Ringgold 19, Benson 10, Tinuoye 10, Eads 6, Fletcher 4, Conley 2, DeVries 1.

Half: 22-19 C.

Wilde Lake 69, Northwestern 67 (IAABO Mixer)

Devon Groves (14 points) hit the game-winner on an isolation play with time running down to lift the Wildecats to their second win in as many days at the IAABO Mixer at Northwestern High School.

WL (4-2, 6-3): Calloway 4, Robinson 11, Handy 13, D. Groves 14, K. Jackson 13, Ampofo 4, D. Jackson 7, Mee 3.

N: Houze 2, Christian 10, Grove 10, Skeem 4, Brown 6, Simpson 19, Barnes 3, Joyce 13.

Half: 33-30 WL.

River Hill 72, Meade 57 (Capital City Classic)

RH (5-1, 7-2): Moody 26, Thomas 21, Sandler 9, Titus 4, Check 2, Richardson 2, Coddington 4, Mckinney 4.

M: Weatherspoon 8, Watkins 6, Smith 19, Brooks 2, Wittle 6, Farrar 6, Baubeng 6, Dorsey 4.

Half: 42-21 RH.

Reservoir 59, Tallwood 51 (VA Beach)

Kyle Reilly led all scorers with 21 points to help the Gators open the Spartans Holiday Classic at Laurel High School with a victory. Matt Christian and Seth Henry added 10 rebounds apiece for Reservoir,

Re (4-2, 5-2): Reilly 21, McDonald 11, Christian 6, Toler 6, Williams 6, Franklin 4, Henry 4, Brooks 1, Simms 1.

T: Flourney 16, Peterson 12, Howard 10, Petteway 7, Rudolph 3, Jones 3.

Mt. Hebron 87, Calverton 41 (Northeast Holiday Mixer)

MH (1-5, 2-7): Woodard 24, M. Smith 13, Muche 12, Herlihey 10, Andreas 7, Trapuzzano 6, Dohner 5, Huber 4, Bryant 2, Duan 2, Maloney 2.

C: Ranier 12, Harriot 7, LaPlaca 7, Mass 6, Nwadike 6, Ashford 2, Bergos 1.

Half: 45-22 MH.

Eleanor Roosevelt 51, Atholton 31 (Patriot Classic at Old Mill)

ER: Evans 14, Kendley 10, Ason 6, Bayina 5, Foote 5, Alexander 4, Best 3, Fox 2, McCan 2.

A (3-3, 5-4): Mason 11, Ballmer 5, M. Bernetti 5, Shapiro 4, Courtney 2, Mendelsohn 2, Perdue 2.

Half: 27-11 ER.  

Urbana 64, Hammond 36 (Winters Mill Holiday Tournament)

U: N/A.

Ha (0-6, 0-8): Anderson 4, McFadden 1, Dante Ross 12, Daray Ross 3, Coleman 4, Minasse 2, Jackson 2, Smith 5, Rollin 3.

Gilman 74, Glenelg 57 (Bristow Holiday Tournament)

Gilman: Locksley 32, Grace 20, Tilley 13, McBride 7, Watson 2.

Glenelg (4-2, 5-4): Randle 17, Livak 12, Haussler 7, Napolitano 5, Oates 4, Abu 4, Mirano 3, Hammert 3, Helensky 2.

Half: 47-24 Gilman.  

Mt. Vernon 69, Glenelg Country 68 OT (Mt. Vernon Holiday Tournament)

MV: Loveitt 30, Diawuo 11, Lucas 9, Washington 9, Bender 4, Edwards 4, Johnson 2.

GC (3-3, 6-6): Boyd 19, Powers 16, Willis 11, Williams 10, Flores 8, Rajovic 4.

Half: 28-25 MV.

Chapelgate 79, Friendly 70

The Yellowjackets were led by Chris Grandy’s 22 points on the way to a nine-point victory that secured a sweep of the home-and-home tournament between the two schools over the last two days.

Ch (3-3, 7-7): C. Grandy 22, M. Frierson 17, M. Grandy 14, Willis 14, G. Frierson 8, Olunaga 4.

F: Collins 23, West 15, Robinson 10, Kamara 8, Byarams 5, Clarke 5, Ford 4.

Half: 38-36 F.

Chapelgate 67, Friendly 64 (Thursday)

Ch: Willis 25, M. Frierson 17, C. Grandy 16, M. Grandy 5, Obi 4.

F: Clarke 15, Collins 13, Ford 8, Kamara 8, Robinson 8, West 5, Emonae 3, Clark 2, Xymis 2.

Half: 31-27 Ch.

Howard 62, Manchester Valley 47 (North Carroll Holiday Tournament)