Boys basketball state semifinals

SITE -- All games at Comcast Center, College Park

Class 4A


Glen Burnie (20-5) vs. Sherwood (21-4)

When -- Tonight, 9


Outlook -- In making its third trip to the state semifinals in five years, No. 5 Glen Burnie hopes to advance to its first state final since 1961. Coach Mike Rudd said his players were happy returning home from Thomas Stone in Charles County on Friday night after winning the 4A East regional, 92-85, but "they were acting like they're not content, and that's a good sign." Their main business tonight will be dealing with Sherwood senior G Deontay Twyman (15.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 7.3 assists) and 6-foot-4 junior fF Bo Holston (13.4 points, 5.6 rebounds). The Warriors are making their eighth appearance and the first since 1999. They won a state title in 1979. The Gophers, who have never won it all, will counter with 6-4 seniors Garrett Blackstone (15.5 points, 7.7 rebounds) and Deseane Antione (12. points, 3.8 assists) and senior Kareem Downs (15.2 points, 4.4 assists, 75 steals).

Class 3A

River Hill (21-5) vs. Mervo (18-7)

When -- Today, 5 p.m.

Outlook -- Led by 6- -5 swingman Tommy Brenton (20 points, 10.2 rebounds), F Daniel Hostetler and ZachSerleth, No. 13 River Hill has had its best season under third-year coach Matthew Graves. "I think both our team and Mervo's are peaking at the right time," Graves said. "Mervo has experience on their side, and we've got to figure out a way to get the rafters and the bleachers of Comcast Center out of our minds and realize that there are two baskets the same height that we have to play." Counting three appearances at City, including a berth in the 3A state final in 1998, Mustangs coach Daryl Wade is making his sixth appearance in the state semifinals. Like last year, when his Mustangs upended defending 3A champion Walbrook only to lose to eventual runner-up Lackey, of Charles County, Wade's team is coming off consecutive upsets of Lake Clifton and City College. "This year's team is on a different high. They know they've got to play basketball, and I believe they will," Wade said. The No. 9 Mustangs are led by 6-3 forward Byron Westmoreland (18 points, nine rebounds).

Class 2A

Randallstown (22-3) vs. Wicomico (23-3)

When -- Tomorrow, 9 p.m.


Outlook -- This is a matchup of last year's 2A final, which Randallstown won, 64-54, for its second straight state title (2005 was in 3A). "We expected to play them and they have a revenge factor coming in, and it should be an exciting game," said Rams coach Kim Rivers, who won a state title his rookie season in 1995 and is looking for his fifth overall in 13 seasons. It would be his third in a row in what is the fourth-ranked Rams' ninth appearance in the semifinals in his tenure and the school's 14th overall. Rivers is on a fast track with 290 wins (290-46, .863) already. His counterpart, Butch Waller, is at 603-285 (.679) in 41 seasons, second only in state public school history to Annapolis' John Brady, who is 628-124 (.835) in 30 years. Randallstown is led by senior F Darrell Bryant (14.0 points, 8.5 rebounds) and Kim English (15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds). Junior G Tione Womack (8.0 points, 5.0 assists) sets up for Bryant and English. Wicomico is making its fourth trip to the states in the past seven years, its 20th overall since 1948, with one state crown in 2002. The team is led by seniors A.J. Spencer (17.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists) and Tyrai Johnson (17.8 points, 3.6 assists) and sophomore Devon Gale (14.2 points).

Class 1A

Fort Hill (23-2) vs. Dunbar (15-5)

When -- Tomorrow, 3 p.m.

Outlook -- Dunbar faces an opponent that is familiar, if only because of the programs' football clashes. Last fall, Dunbar defeated the Sentinels of Cumberland for its fourth 1A state football title. In that game, quarterback Lawrence Watson and running backs Maurice Portee and Tavon Austin were the difference.Tomorrow, Portee and Austin will be at guard against Fort Hill, and the 6-5 Watson will be at center, along with G Eric Barksdale, as the Poets seek their 12th state title. Fort Hill's 6-3 F Zach Blank, whose Sentinels are riding a 12-game winning streak, also was a member of the football program. Blank averages 15.0 points and 10.9 rebounds, and leads the Sentinels along with G Jordan Brooks (24.2 points, 7.8 rebounds). The Poets are looking to right a season that has taken place largely under the radar since longtime coach Eric Lee was fired and replaced by Darnell Dantzler. "We started out early with a bunch of turmoil. We kind of liked the fact that we weren't in the Top 15. Our kids were able to relax, move on, play through the tough losses," Dantzler said. "But we're the defending state champs, so our No. 1 goal is to defend our crown."

Snow Hill (19-3) vs. New Town (21-3)


When -- Tomorrow, 5 p.m.

Outlook -- Snow Hill plays like a family. Its trio of guards are all named Johnson: Seniors Cedrick and Nikki, as well as junior Trevon, are first cousins. Allen Miller's Eagles have won 14 straight. Miller said the mothers of Trevon Johnson and F Josh Duncan are twins. "It kind of helps us that half of the coaches in our conference don't even know them apart from each other," said Miller, whose Eagles were state champs in 1989 and 2001. "They're interchangeable. They can all play defense and offense equally well." New Town makes it second straight trip to the semifinals, having lost last year to eventual champion Dunbar. Led by G Stuart Clarke and G Danny DeSousa, who average over 16 points each, the Titans have defeated Dunbar and Baltimore County champion Randallstown, which is the defending 2A state champ. "The kids really wanted to get back to states. We're happy that we made it, but not satisfied," coach Mike Smith said. "It's kind of being put out there that we're the favorites, so there's a little more pressure on us. We want to be mentioned up there with the Randallstowns and the Dunbars."