The big showdown fizzled in the second period last night when it ceased to be a game as Randallstown humbled host Douglass, 86-70, in the Class 2A North boys basketball regional final.
No. 8 Randallstown, a two-time defending state champion (3A in 2005 and 2A last season), will make its ninth trip to the state tournament under 13th-year coach Kim Rivers.
Senior Darrell Bryant had game highs of 24 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots. Kim English added 20 points. Junior point guard Tione Womack was all over the floor with eight points, four steals and eight assists.
"We turned it up in the first half, but we knew they weren't going to let down, so we had to turn it up some more," Womack said. "We just kept the intensity up."
The Rams (22-3) will play at 9 p.m. Friday at Comcast Center against the East winner.
Randallstown has had its sights on becoming the first Baltimore County team to win three state basketball titles in succession and made sure it would get the opportunity to defend its crown with the dominating effort at No. 7 Douglass (21-2).
The Rams dominated the boards 36-14 (including 26 defensive rebounds), hit 31 of 44 shots from the field (70 percent) and held the Ducks' high-scoring junior guard, Omar Strong, scoreless in the first half. The Rams took a 40-22 lead to the break after a 17-7 second period.
"We knew we were bigger than they are and we worked on boxing out a lot and it paid off," Rivers said.
"Strong is their catalyst, and when we took him out of the game, everybody else doesn't know who is to lead," Rivers said of the guard who had his 19 points in the second half. "Tione Womack kept him from doing the dribble penetration he is known for."
James Walker and Brandon Simms had 16 points each for the Ducks.