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Lake Clifton backcourt shoots its way to victory over No. 4 City, 59-49

The Baltimore Sun

The Lake Clifton boys basketball team got out to a fast start, thanks to marksmanlike three-point shooting and effective guard play, to defeat City, 59-49, last night.

The Lakers' backcourt of Derrious Gilmore, Antoine Allen and Jason Sharp Jr. combined for 40 points as No. 7 Lake Clifton (5-0) got an early-season win over a top opponent.

"This gives us a good lift, a lot of confidence," Gilmore said. "We still haven't done anything yet, but this was a good win. It was good for us."

The game was a clash of styles, with Lake Clifton looking to get out in transition and make three-pointers, while No. 4 City (2-1) tried to run half-court sets and get its top guard, C.J. Fair, easy shots around the basket.

Both teams succeeded, but the Lakers' game plan was a little more effective. The Lakers built a lead in a hurry, making five of 11 three-point shots in the first half.

Gilmore, a point guard, ran Lake Clifton's offense to perfection. He set the tempo early, scoring all of his 17 points in the first half, including back-to-back NBA-range three-pointers in the first quarter, helping the Lakers build a 51-34 halftime lead. In the second half, he looked to set up his teammates, recording eight assists, mostly on no-look passes in the paint on fast breaks.

"Derrious makes shots when it's needed, he penetrates when it's needed, he passes when it's needed," Lake Clifton coach Herman Harried said. "He's just been doing a great job so far."

Lake Clifton also showed great endurance, using only two substitutes the entire game. Starting forwards Cleveland Melvin and Daniel Horton combined for 16 rebounds.

Fair got plenty of good looks and took advantage for City, scoring a game-high 31 points in the losing effort.

No. 2 St. Frances 56, Owings Mills 54 -- The host Panthers (7-2) led by 10 heading into the fourth quarter and held back a late rally by the Eagles. St. Frances' Sean Mosley had a game-high 27 points. Andrew Fitzgerald led Owings Mills with 17 points. Wayne Sparrow added 13 points for St. Frances.

No. 12 Digital Harbor 68, No. 6 Mervo 55 -- Sophomore Justin Jackson had 20 points and his brother George Jackson had 18 points and nine assists to lead the Rams (3-0) past the Mustangs. Jermaine Edwards added 13 points and 11 rebounds as St. Frances came back from being down 40-30 at the half. Edwards scored 11 points in the second half.

Staff reports contributed to this article.

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