Southern-B completes mission, wins second 4A championship Boys basketball


COLLEGE PARK -- Third-ranked Southern-B won its second state Class 4A championship in three seasons, routing Northwestern of Prince George's County, 64-41, at Cole Field House last night.

Dedric Galloway and Marlin Wise led a balanced Southern (24-3) attack with 15 points each and John Hemsley added 12. Sean Smith led Northwestern (17-7 and ranked No. 9 in the Washington area) with 10 points.

In winning their third state championship in four seasons, Southern, ranked No. 16 nationally by USA Today, also gave Baltimore City seven state titles in four seasons and a 61-8 record in tournament play.

The Bulldogs, 16-1 in state postseason play, made it looked simple last night, scoring the game's first nine points and never looking back.

The Bulldogs were a team on mission this season, not talking to the media for the last month. Southern had hopes of a national championship. That ended with losses to Rice (N.Y.) and St. Anthony's (N.J.) in January.

"When we loss our chance at the national championship that really hurt us," said Hemsley, a 6-foot-6 swing forward. "We knew after that that nothing was going to stop us from getting this."

* Central 82, Aberdeen 64: Central of Prince George's County used a 14-0 run early in the third quarter to pull away from Aberdeen and take the Class 2A crown.

Kevin Flood led the Falcons (24-3) with 22 points.

The loss ended Aberdeen's (22-3) 18-game winning streak. Tommie Mims led the Eagles with 14 points.

* Cambridge-South Dorchester 71, Williamsport 51: Hanee Camper had 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists as Cambridge-South Dorchester jumped out to a 21-5 lead and went on to beat Williamsport (22-6) for the Class 1A state championship.

Pub Date: 3/10/96

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