Boys basketball Game of the Week: No. 2 Lake Clifton vs. No. 4 Perry Hall

This week's featured matchup: No. 2 Lake Clifton vs. No. 4 Perry Hall at the 21st Basketball Academy.

No. 2 Lake Clifton (10-1) vs. No. 4 Perry Hall (10-1)

What: 21st annual Baltimore City Public Schools Basketball Academy at Morgan State

When: Friday, 8 p.m.

Coaches: Herman "Tree" Harried, Lake Clifton; George Panageotou, Perry Hall

KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH

LAKE CLIFTON: Rasheed Brown, Jr., G; Andre Rafus, Sr., F

PERRY HALL: Laquill Hardnett, Jr., F; Anthony Higgs, Jr., F

KEYS TO VICTORY

The marquee area boys matchup at the Basketball Academy features two quality teams with lofty expectations this season. The Lakers will look to get back on track after falling for the first time at home to No. 6 Patterson, 69-59, on Tuesday, while the Gators have won four straight after defeating Randallstown, 82-73, on Wednesday night. When the Lakers are on offense, they look for precise outside shooting from Brown and smooth inside-outside play from Rafus. They play strong team defense and share the rebounding responsibilities with junior forward Ronald Lucas another key contributor. The Gators can put up points in a hurry with a number of quality options. Much of the play runs through Hardnett, who, at 6 feet 8, has a fluid game with the ability to score and distribute. Higgs, also 6-8, can spread the floor with his fine perimeter game, opening up the inside for teammates. Senior forward Darrell Green, junior forward Tyler Holley, and senior guards James Rider and Aaron Butler all average at least eight points per game this season. Both teams are strong contenders for state championships. The Lakers reached the Class 1A championship game last season, while the Gators reached the Class 4A semifinals for the first time.

OTHER GAMES TO WATCH

Boys basketball

No. 3 Dunbar vs. Randallstown at Morgan State, Thursday, 6:45 p.m.

No. 14 Old Mill at No. 12 Glen Burnie, Friday, 6:45 p.m.

No. 1 Mount Saint Joseph at No. 7 John Carroll, Sunday, 1:30 p.m.

No. 1 Mount Saint Joseph at No. 5 McDonogh, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Girls basketball

New Town vs. No. 4 Western at Morgan State, Saturday, 10 a.m.

Milford Mill vs. No. 14 Poly at Morgan State, Saturday, 11:15 a.m.

No. 1 St. Frances vs. Toledo Rogers (Ohio) at the Rose Classic (N.Y.), Saturday, 7 p.m.

No. 2 McDonogh at No. 6 Roland Park, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

BCPS Basketball Academy schedule

The 21st annual Baltimore City Public Schools Basketball Academy is a three-day boys and girls showcase featuring many of the state's top teams that begins Thursday at Morgan State's Hill Field House. Tickets are $10 per day with children under 5 years old admitted free. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door one hour prior to the start of each day's first game.

Here's a look at the tournament schedule:

Thursday, Jan. 12

3 p.m. Poly vs. New Town (girls)

4:15 p.m. Western vs. Mount Carmel (girls)

5:30 p.m. Central vs. New Town (boys)

6:45 p.m. Randallstown vs. Dunbar (boys)

8:00 p.m. Poly vs. St. Frances (boys)

Friday, Jan. 13

3 p.m. City vs. Milford Mill (girls)

4:15 p.m. City vs. Randallstown (boys)

5:30 p.m. Woodlawn vs. Largo (boys)

6:45 p.m. Middleburg vs. Potomac (boys)

8 p.m. Perry Hall vs. Lake Clifton (boys)

9:15 p.m. Patterson vs. Riverdale Baptist (boys)

Saturday, Jan. 14

10 a.m. New Town vs. Western (girls)

11:15 a.m. Milford Mill vs. Poly (girls)

12:30 p.m. Mount Carmel vs. City (girls)

1:45 p.m. New Town vs. City (boys)

3 p.m.Dunbar vs. Friends (boys)

4:15 p.m.Central vs. Woodlawn (boys)

5:30 p.m.Largo vs. Perry Hall (boys)

6:45 p.m.Potomac vs. Patterson (boys)

8 p.m. Riverdale Baptist vs. Lake Clifton (boys)

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