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.
“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.