At the beginning of the season, Carver coach Durce Jackson said that season's squad wasn't as talented as the one that won last year's Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference championship.
But yesterday, the No. 17 Bears won their second consecutive MSA B Conference title, defeating Edmondson, 67-53, in the final at the Baltimore Arena.
The championship was the fifth straight for Jackson. He coached Carver to three consecutive junior varsity titles before taking over the varsity last year.
"This team isn't as talented as last year's team," said Jackson outside the Bears' locker room. "This team has the hearts and guts like last year's team and weren't that deep."
Senior guard Steven Hicks led Carver (14-4) with 18 points, 13 rebounds, eight steals and four assists. Michael Richardson added 16 and nine rebounds. Rodney Black and Michael McKoy each added 10.
Marquise Collington and Randolph Edison led the Redskins (13-5) with 12 points and three assists. Garfield Griffin added 11.
But Randolph Edison, the 5-foot-7 freshman point guard and leading scorer, was not a factor for the first three quarters.
By that time, Carver held a 47-40 advantage after the third period. Richardson's dunk off a missed by Hicks, sparked an 11-3 Bears run that extended their lead to 60-43 with 3 minutes, 17 seconds remaining in the game.
"We knew he [Edison] like to penterate a lot," said Hicks, who was named the game's most valuable player. "So we had to stop that and box out on the boards, then control the tempo of the game."
With early control of the tempo, the Bears led, 17-10, after the first quarter, forcing six Redskins turnovers and getting second opportunities at the basket.