The No. 11 Lake Clifton boys basketball team found itself in unfamiliar territory, trailing for most of the game Friday.
But a switch in defense and free throws down the stretch changed the Lakers' fortune in a 56-52 win over Centennial at the IAABO Tournament.
The Eagles, coming off a 50-45 win Thursday over Digital Harbor, attacked the rim and led 22-19 at the break. Lake Clifton coach Herman "Tree" Harried switched the defense to a half-court trap and jumped the ball to stop Centennial from driving into the lane.
The Lakers (6-1) took the lead with five minutes to go and made their free throws, going 23-for-30 in the game to win.
Daquan Ross finished with a game-high 23 points for Lake Clifton. Omari Ringgold had 19 for Centennial.
No. 2 Mount St. Joseph 66, Porter-Gaud (S.C.) 50: Charlie Jones had a game-high 22 points and the Gaels (13-2) shot 50percent from the field to lead most of the game and beat the Cyclones at the Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic in Charleston, S.C.. Mount St. Joseph faces Charleston Christian (S.C.) in tonight's championship game at 7.
No. 3 Dunbar 59, Reading (Pa.) 39: John Carroll transfer Kamau Stokes scored 18 points to lead the Poets (6-1) past the host Red Knights at the Reading Invitational.
No. 6 Archbishop Spalding 39, St. Pius X (Ga.) 27: Charles Meiklejohn scored 11 points to lead the Cavaliers (10-4) past the host Golden Lions at the St. Pius X Tournament in Atlanta, Ga. Spalding faces Brother Martin (La.) in today's championship.
No. 9 Arundel 72, Richard Montgomery 55: Markus Oliphant had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Austin Carroll added 16 points to power the Wildcats (7-1) past the Rockets at the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament at Patterson.
No. 12 Randallstown 73, Digital Harbor 54: Randallstown (5-2), led by Ahmaad Wilson with 22 points, outlasted Digital Harbor in a 21/2 hour game that featured 77 fouls at the Northwestern IAABO Tournament.
No. 13 Poly 55, Charles Herbert Flowers 50: John Crosby scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half to lead the Engineers (7-1) past the Jaguars at the Governor's Challenge in Wicomico.
Boys' Latin 72, Oakdale 69, OT: The Lakers scored 23 points in the fourth quarter to force overtime and won the game on the free throw line at the Governor's Challenge.
Casey Rees led BL with 24 points.
Chapelgate Christian Academy 79, Friendly: Chris Grandy scored 22 points to lead the Yellow Jackets (7-7) past the host Patriots at the Home and Away Classic.
Gilman 74, Glenelg 57: Kai Locksley scored a game-high 32 points and the host Greyhounds (5-10) beat the Gladiators (5-4) in the championship of the Sherm Bristow Holiday Tournament.
No. 3 McDonogh 51, Marist (Illinois) 48: Lilli Robb (6 points) and Danielle Edwards (18 points) made four consecutive free throws to seal the win for the Eagles (6-4) at Naples Holiday Shootout in Naples, Fla. McDonogh faces Tucker (Alabama) in today's consolation bracket.
No. 8 Roland Park 58, Winters Mill 27: Lindsey Edwards scored 14 points to lead the Reds (5-7) past the host Falcons in the Winters Mill Holiday Tournament.
No. 10 Seton Keough 47, Bishop McNamara 34: Karli Zeps scored a game-high 14 points and the Gators (5-6) maintained a 10-point lead throughout most the game at the Ronald Curry Classic at Hampton, Va. Keough lost to Princess Anne (Va.), 60-51, in Thursday's round.
No. 11 Milford Mill 57, Sherwood 35: Qierra Murray scored 17 points to lead the host Millers (5-2) past the Warriors in the Gold Division championship of the Millers Holiday Tournament.
No. 12 City 65, Kenwood 19: Dyzhanay Burton scored 13 points and DeAsia Meyers added 12 to lead the Knights (8-0) past the Bluebirds at the Northwestern IAABO Tournament.
Gwynn Park 52, No. 9 River Hill 48: Vicki Rowe and Megan Sterling each scored 14 points, but the Hawks (7-2) fell for a second time at the IAABO Christmas Tournament at Prince George's Community College.
The Yellow Jackets trailed by eight heading into the fourth quarter, where they went on a 20-8 run to win.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun