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.
“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.
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.