The National Academy Foundation boys basketball team found answers at both ends during a pivotal fourth-quarter stretch against Digital Harbor, going on an 11-0 run to get the needed separation for a 64-60 win in the Baltimore City Division II championship Saturday at Morgan State.
It’s the second straight championship for the Eagles, who will take a 13-5 record into the region playoffs.
Junior center Christopher Barnett scored 19 points and senior point guard Montaz Wright added 16, including the first five in the key spurt.
Forest Park’s girls basketball team had no trouble defeating Southwestern for its fourth straight Baltimore City Division II championship Saturday afternoon, but coach Jermaine Dunn said this title was the most rewarding.
“Coach Wayne [Washington] told us to wake up,” Wright said. “Once the defense tightened up, we got on the good run and got the championship. It feels wonderful.”
After hitting a shot to cut the Rams’ lead to one with 3:31 to play, Wright hit a 3-pointer on the next possession to give the Eagles the lead for good at 55-53.
Barnett followed with an inside basket. Wright went the length of the floor for a basket in transition and when Alonzo Horton scored inside off a nifty from from Kendall Colclough, the Eagles had a 61-53 lead with 54 seconds to play.
The Rams tried to rally, cutting the lead to 63-60 when senior Gerald Johnson scored on a follow with four seconds left, but Michael Wright sealed the NAF win on a free throw with one second left.