The No. 1 Lake Clifton boys put on an impressive display in the second half of last night's Baltimore City championship game, shaking off pesky Digital Harbor to come away with a convincing 69-30 win at Morgan State.
The Lakers (23-0) led 27-25 before limiting the Rams to one field goal in the second half, shooting 75 percent from the field (18-for-24) to take a 69-30 lead before the bench was cleared with 1:43 left to play.
It's the second straight City title and third overall for the Lakers, who got 21 points from junior Will Barton and a dominating 19 points from senior Cleveland Melvin.
The Rams (18-5) were able to stay close behind senior guard George Jackson (14 points) before the Lakers took over in the second half. They went on a 13-1 run - capped by a three-point play from Melvin - to take a 40-26 lead with 2:07 to play in the third quarter. The Rams' first field goal of the second half didn't come until 5:34 remained in the fourth quarter when Jackson scored on a driving layup.
Lakers coach Herman Harried was most pleased with his team's defense.
"I didn't realize they had 25 at the half and they finished with 30 - that's five points in the half. That says it all," he said.
Melvin said: "That was fun. It feels good because we worked hard for it and came out with the victory."
No. 3 Western 51, Dunbar 15:: The Doves got 12 points from Akeema Richards and 10 from Keirah Hicks to capture their fourth straight City League championship at Morgan State yesterday. Eight players scored for the Doves, who improved to 17-6 this season and completed a fourth straight perfect season in City play.