Walbrook standout forward Roscoe Smith turned the third quarter of yesterday's game at Edmondson into his own showcase and his teammates provided quality support in the fourth to lead the No. 4 Warriors to a 63-48 win over the No. 9 Red Storm.
Smith scored 13 of his game-high 23 points in the third quarter - hitting three three-pointers and putting down two dunks - to help turn a 22-22 game at the half into a 42-35 advantage going into the final eight minutes.
After the Red Storm responded with a 9-2 run to open the last quarter - a four-point play followed by a three-pointer from Rodney Patcher tying the score at 44 - Donte Stuckey and Denzell Walker picked up the slack to help the Warriors pull away.
The two scored seven points each in the final five minutes as the Warriors improved to 13-2 this season. Edmondson - which got a team-high 15 points from Stanton Kidd, including a thunderous dunk over Smith in the closing minutes - fell to 11-4.
Walbrook coach Kelvin Bridgers said double-teaming Edmondson's guards and slowing down on offense were two big keys. Hot shooting from Smith was another.
"I know he wanted to try to get out to a good-shooting quarter, but I think the defensive work and the extra passes and the layups got us flowing offensively. Once he hit the first one - he has this goofy dance he does - once he dances, you're in trouble," he said.
Jerrod Stanfield scored 12 points and Walker added 10 for the Warriors, and Pratcher scored 11 to join Kidd in double figures for the Red Storm.
No. 1 Lake Clifton 72, Southside 17: : The host Lakers moved to 15-0 behind a 21-point effort by William Barton.
No. 5 Mount St. Joseph 65, St. Maria Goretti 64: : Eric Atkins had 22 points as Mount St. Joseph (19-7) escaped host Goretti.
Howard 59, Mount Hebron 56: : Nyree Williams had 15 points and 19 rebounds, and Brandi Wingate scored 19 points as the Lions (13-2) defeated the host Vikings.