Host Randallstown and Southern-Baltimore advanced to the championship game of the Randallstown High Tip-Off Tournament as each won semifinal contests last night at Randallstown.
The No. 11 Rams defeated No. 17 Towson Catholic, 58-52, while No. 9 Southern handled No. 14 Walbrook, 68-50. Randallstown ** and Southern meet in the championship today at 3 p.m. Towson Catholic and Walbrook will play a consolation game at 1 p.m.
Randallstown (2-0) turned up its defensive pressure late in the final quarter to turn away a Towson Catholic squad which played earlier in the day against No. 15 Severn.
With the game tied at 46 and 3: 47 remaining, Randallstown forced five consecutive turnovers resulting in a 12-2 run to build a 58-48 advantage.
Demon Brown led Randallstown with 17 points and Tony Darden added 14. Damian Hocker led Towson Catholic with 18 points and Keith Jenifer added 17.
T.J. Stallings broke the 46-46 deadlock with a three-point play. The Rams forced the Owls into a turnover and, after a brief scramble, Felix Buchanan put in a short jumper. Brown converted two free throws and hit a jumper to build the margin to 55-46.
"The key was the press in the fourth quarter" said Brown, who scored 10 in the final quarter. "We played good help-defense in the end."
Trailing 44-40 early in the final quarter, Brown hit back-to-back three-pointers to give Randallstown a 46-44 lead with 5: 35 left. Towson Catholic tied the game at 46 on a basket by Hocker but could manage just one shot during the Rams' run.
"We just couldn't get into our offense," said Towson Catholic coach Mike Daniel, whose team also lost against Severn, 52-51. "Randallstown did a good job keeping us from running our offense. They did what they had to do to win."
In the opener, Charles Scott led Southern (2-1) with a game-high 25 points and Isiah Johnson and Emil Curry each added 12. Hubert Thorpe led Walbrook with 20 points.
Starting four underclassmen, including two freshman, Southern displayed some maturity in holding off the Warriors (0-1).
Walbrook closed to within 42-37 after three quarters but Southern opened the fourth with a 9-2 run keyed by a three-pointer from Scott, a junior, and four points by freshman Shawn Lane.
"They have made a lot of progress in a short period of time," said Southern coach Meredith Smith, whose team lost its opener by 35 to Lake Clifton last week. "I thought they played well against Edmondson [Tuesday, 73-44 win] and they continued to execute today."
After falling behind early 3-0, Southern scored 14 straight points and never trailed again.
"They played well and wanted it more than we did," said Walbrook coach Gus Herrington.
Pub Date: 12/14/96