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Bennett boosts streaking Woodlawn past Parkville

The Baltimore Sun

In last night's boys basketball game between Woodlawn and Parkville, the adage "something had to give" certainly applied.

The Knights were riding a four-game winning streak, including two wins over ranked Baltimore City opponents in Digital Harbor and Mervo. The Warriors came in winners of nine of their past 10.

Both teams were sitting atop the Baltimore County 4A-3A standings. Woodlawn had one distinct advantage, though.

"We were in our house," guard Darius Nesmith said. "We don't lose in our house."

And the Warriors didn't, defeating Parkville, 54-47, at home. The win puts Woodlawn in first place in the county at 5-0.

"The last three years, us and Parkville have been battling for the division crown," Woodlawn coach Eddie Green Jr. said. "It's become quite a good rivalry."

The game never swayed heavily in either team's favor. In the second quarter, Keon Bennett was unstoppable.

First, the Woodlawn guard took a steal coast-to-coast for an easy layup. The next possession, he drilled a three-point shot from the corner on an inbounds pass, and right before halftime he made another three to give the Warriors (11-3) a 29-22 halftime lead.

On defense, Woodlawn used a variety of zones to confuse Parkville (10-5). The Warriors used a three-quarter court press and trap defense that turned into different defensive looks, including a 3-2 zone, a 2-3 zone and a 1-3-1 zone.

"Every time they called a timeout, we switched the defense on them so they would think we were running the same defense," Bennett said. "When we switched it on them, they got confused, and they were confused the whole game."

Bennett had a game-high 22 points for Woodlawn. Nesmith chipped in 17 points and five steals. Tavon Perry had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Parkville.

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