Two tough games over three days, both on the road against two of the city's most traditionally dominant teams. The task proved too much for No. 6-ranked City in a 68-60 loss yesterday at No. 13 Lake Clifton.
The Lakers' Javis Wiggins scored seven of his team-high 15 points in the third period, and Kenneth Purnell scored eight of 14 in the second half. Their teammate Brandon Haughton grabbed eight of his 12 rebounds in the second half, when he also scored all of his 10 points.
The Knights (11-5, 5-2) led 13-12 after one period, trailed 29-26 at the half, and -- coming off Tuesday's narrow and emotional defeat at No. 2 Dunbar -- simply wore down in the second half. They could not get closer than four points to the Lakers.
Lake Clifton (8-4, 6-1) took over second place in the City's East Division, behind Dunbar.
"The kids were drained tonight. They just never got into the game, coming off of Tuesday's loss," said fourth-year coach Daryl Wade. "We didn't have any fight left, and Lake Clifton played really well."
Andre Mouzone scored eight of 10 points in the first period for up-and-down Lake Clifton, for which victory was "a much-needed one," said coach Herman Harried.
"It was a big game -- underline that," Harried said. "We'd been down a bit but didn't come out and give up. Our guys played like we were still in first place."
Harried singled out Haughton, a 6-8, 270-pounder who was a force under both baskets, grabbing eight of his 12 rebounds in the second half and scoring eight fourth-quarter points.
"Every time they came inside, Brandon was waiting," said Harried. "He came through very big. He played like he's every bit of 6-8."
Harried also praised City, which was led by Todd Galloway (16 points), and, with nine points each, Ryan Galloway, Jermaul Akanbi and Dominic Fulcher.
"[City] has come a long way," said Harried. "But to play at Dunbar and at Lake Clifton back-to-back, that's a heckuva task."
After the game, Harried stood over Lake Clifton principal Bernard Barnes, who knelt in the center of the basketball court and jokingly "extended Herman's contract" by scribbling his signature on a paper towel.
"After they lost to Dunbar [last Friday], I wrote it on tissue," said Barnes. "Herman did a good job tonight, so now it's on something a bit stronger."
-- Lem Satterfield
No. 1 Archbishop Spalding 71, No. 10 St. Frances 45: The top-ranked Cavaliers methodically built a comfortable lead at halftime. Then they simply poured it on to win in Severn last night.
Tremaine Robinson's 16 points led the Cavaliers (18-2, 7-0 Catholic League) and ten Cavs scored.
Up 27-15 at intermission, the Cavaliers' defensive pressure and smart offensive decisions took over in the third quarter. They scored on four straight possessions midway through the period to build a 35-17 lead.
St. Frances (6-6, 1-4 league) scored to open the second half, but the Panthers missed their next 10 shots and had three turnovers. Sophomore Keon Johnson's 11 points led the Panthers.
-- Glenn P. Graham
No. 2 Dunbar 56, No. 15 Southwestern 55: Dontaz Dean made two free throws with 30 seconds left for a 56-54 lead and finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds, including 19-for-22 free-throw shooting, for the Poets (16-2) in a non-league win.
Southwestern (8-7), within one with 20 seconds left after a free throw by Terrell Dantzler (14 points), called time out with 11.3 seconds left after Dunbar's Reggie Cornell missed two free throws. But Mike Jones' last-second shot at a win missed.
Southwestern's Kevin Bethea scored 17 points and had 15 rebounds.
-- Mark Hoeflich
Pub Date: 1/29/99