The Baltimore All-Stars didn't get a lot of practice together, but Troy Franklin of Mount Carmel and Sean Mosley really didn't need it.
"In practice, Sean just told me to throw [the ball] up anywhere near the rim and [he will] go get it," Franklin said. "So I threw it up."
Franklin threw it, Mosley got it and the Baltimore All-Stars won another Charm City Challenge. They defeated the United States All Stars, 107-82, last night at Towson Center for their fourth straight victory in the Challenge, and they hold a 6-2 series advantage.
"A lot of these guys have been playing together in AAU and different tournaments. They kind of know the strengths of each other," said Baltimore coach Kim Rivers (Randallstown). "We wanted to make sure the Charm City championship stayed in Baltimore."
The Baltimore All-Stars ran out of the gate fast, leading 29-17 after the first quarter, 49-37 at halftime and 76-62 after the third quarter. Midway through the fourth, they started to pick up on the theatrics and the Franklin and Mosley Show took over.
With four minutes left, the U.S. team's Kris Joseph missed a free throw and Mosley grabbed the rebound. He slung a quick outlet pass to Franklin, who drove hard to the basket. He went up for a layup but instead passed the ball off the backboard to a flying Mosley, who finished with a thunderous dunk.
The Franklin-to-Mosley connection wasn't done. A minute later, Franklin got a steal and found Mosley again for a two-handed slam. The play of the night came next, when Franklin crossed over his defender and drove the paint.
Franklin threw the ball up to Henry Sims of Mount St. Joseph, and the Georgetown-bound center grabbed it and threw down a reverse dunk that electrified the crowd. Douglass' Omar Strong made a 30-foot three-pointer with 49 seconds left that sealed the win for Baltimore.
"It was a great pleasure playing with the great guys from Baltimore and the U.S. team," Mosley said. "I think everybody came out and gave the crowd what they wanted."
Franklin won tournament Most Valuable Player honors, scoring 14 points and adding four assists and four steals. Mosley made the all-tournament team and had 15 points, five rebounds and six assists.
Former Randallstown player Kimmie English of Notre Dame Prep (Mass.) had 18 points and four rebounds and also made the team, joined by the U.S. team's Xavier Gibson, Nasir Robinson and Dee Bost.
In the first game of the afternoon, the City All-Stars beat the County All-Stars, 96-83.
City was paced by five players in double figures. Paul Kouvaris of Cardinal Gibbons scored 14 points and eight rebounds, and Jamar Briscoe of Gibbons also had 14. Anthony Oquendo of St. Frances had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Jordan Lee of Loch Raven led the County team with 15 points and four rebounds, and Darius Nesmith of Woodlawn and Josh Weigand of John Carroll each had 10.
City took advantage at the free-throw line, outscoring County 21-6. County also struggled to get any three-point shots to fall, going just 3-for-29 from beyond the arc. City leads the overall series 4-3.