Edmondson, Carver in final for Sunday's Metro Classic MSA B Conference


Edmondson advanced to the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference final with a 78-76 victory over host and No. 19 Forest Park in a semifinal yesterday.

The Redskins (13-4) will play Carver in the Metro Classic at the Baltimore Arena on Sunday at 3 p.m. Carver defeated Mervo, 65-48, in the other semifinal.

With the score tied at 76, Edmondson's Devin Ross' jumper from 18 feet missed, but Garfield Griffin followed the missed shot, giving Edmondson the lead with three seconds remaining in regulation.

"Devin Ross tooked a good shot, but it didn't fall," said Griffin, who scored six points. "I got the block out, put it back up strong, and it went in."

But Griffin's heroics almost went for naught.

After Forest Park (12-6) had called a timeout, Kellye Press threw a downcourt pass to Corey Everson, who attempted a shot, but was fouled by Griffin with two seconds left in the game. Everson missed both free throws and the Redskins grabbed the rebound as time expired.

"I thought we had it right there," Griffin said. "But I looked at the clock and there was three seconds, and I guess I was so overwhelmed."

Freshman guard Randolph Edison led Edmondson with a game-high 25 points and six assists. Maurice Blanding added 23. Eric Bazemore and Everson led Forest Park with 24 and 16, respectively.

Trailing, 67-64, with 4:43 remaining in regulation, the Redskins pulled even at 68 on a basket by Ross (11 points). The teams traded baskets, leaving the score tied at 76.

With 37 seconds left, Forest Park had a chance to lead, but Everson committed a turnover. The Redskins followed suit, throwing away the inbounds pass. The Foresters missed a shot on the other end and Edmondson grabbed the rebound, setting up the winning basket.

"With a minute or so left in regulation, I told them that we could either win it or go into overtime," said Edmondson coach James James. "We gave them several opportunities to win the game, but we came back. We played hard and tough, and it worked out for us."

In the other MSA B Conference semifinal, No. 17 Carver (13-3) jumped out to a 22-6 first-quarter advantage and went on to defeat the visiting Mustangs (10-6).

Rodney Black scored 17 points for the Bears. Michael Richardson added 14 and Steven Hicks 13. George Raikes led all scorers for Mervo with 27.

Sunday's championship game will mark the third meeting of the season between the two teams, which split their regular-season meetings.

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