No. 10 host Patterson and No. 7 Edmondson played Tuesday night for nearly three quarters in a boys basketball game that included 61 personal fouls.

The Clippers (18-4) led 54-31 when the game was called complete by the referees. The Red Storm fell to 13-5.

Patterson coach Harry Martin said the Red Storm coaches and players walked off the court with 44.3 seconds left in the third quarter. Edmondson coach Darnell Dantzler said he took a timeout and "I told my team to come here. So they [referees] assumed that we walked off the court."

Both coaches said the officiating during the game was subpar.


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"I thought it was consistently bad on both sides," Martin said.

Said Dantzler: "Until something is done about the referees, I care more about my players' safety than winning games."

Bob Wade, athletic director for Baltimore City Public Schools, confirmed that the game was official and not a forfeit. He said two officials from International Association of Approved Basketball Officials Board 290 officiated the game. He declined to comment further on the game's outcome.

Edmondson committed 30 fouls and Patterson 31.

Rysheed Corbin led Patterson with 19 points.

No. 1 City 78, Poly 44: The visiting Knights had four players reach double figures to improve to 20-0 this season and drop the Engineers to 12-7.

  Senior guard Omari George had 24 points and seven rebounds, and Kamau Stokes added 14 points. 

The Knights, who will take on No. 3 Lake Clifton in Saturday's Baltimore City Division 1 championship game,  will close out the regular season against Dunbar on Thursday.

Glenn Graham

The Baltimore Sun

No. 3 Lake Clifton 76, Forest Park 44: Stefon Brown scored 16 points to power the host Lakers (18-2) past the Foresters.

Lake Clifton led 32-22 at halftime.

No. 12 Ben Franklin-Masonville 69, Digital Harbor 58: Demonte McKelvin had 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the host Bayhawks (14-6) past the Rams.

Mervo 70, Douglass 61: Jordan Tucker scored 18 points to lead the host Mustangs (10-4) past the Ducks.

Girls

No. 9 Catonsville 51, Western Tech 24: Taylor Barton scored 18 points to power the Comets (18-2) past the host Wolverines.

No. 12 Howard 49, Reservoir 33: Sydney Biniak scored 12 points to help the Lions (18-2) beat the host Gators (16-5).