Parkdale runs over Wildcats in Doub final

December 28, 2001

Parkdale runs over Wildcats in Doub final

By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer
Richard E. Doub Classic
Parkdale 76, Williamsport 31


Odumenu 11, Smallworth 20, Nicholson 13, McFadden 7, Shaw 6, Akinnabe 2, Carter 9, Jenkins 3, Martin 2, M. Smith 1, J. Smith 2. Totals 27 15-24 76.


Giles 9, Boxer 5, Foley 9, Knicley 2, Martin 4, Gomez 2. Totals 13 4-8 31.



Three-point goals - Parkdale 6 (Odumenu, Smallworth 3, McFadden 2), Williamsport 1 (Foley).

North 71, Brunswick 54


Tucker 4, Ault 4, Dykes 5, Toms 5, Maught 4, Feldman 7, Hueston 8, Blumenauer 4, Brown 5, Carter 2, Atwood 2, Custer 4. Totals 21 7-11 54.



Rice 26, Reed 6, Green 10, Carey 15, Harris 8, Brown 2, McConnaughey 1, Salvagno 3. Totals 27 15-26 71.



Three-point goals - Brunswick 5 (Ault, Toms, Feldman, Hueston 2), North 2 (Rice, Salvagno). Technical - Toms (unsportsmanlike).

All-Tournament Team

Scott Rice, North Hagerstown

Jason Knicley, Williamsport

Ben Giles, Williamsport

Clarence Carter, Parkdale

Charles Smallworth, Parkdale

WILLIAMSPORT - For one half of the Richard E. Doub Classic championship game, Williamsport stayed close with the 16th-ranked team in the Washington Post boys basketball poll.

In the second half, Parkdale showed why it holds that ranking.

The pesky Wildcats, a day removed from an upset of Brunswick (No. 8 Herald-Mail poll), turned the ball over to Parkdale's full court pressure 23 times in the second half and were outscored 45-9 after halftime in a 76-31 loss Thursday night.

"Their athletes just took over, and they wore us out," Williamsport coach Deron Crawford said. "We'd been preaching tempo, tempo, tempo ... we didn't want to get in a street fight with them."

At first, the Wildcats got their wish. Williamsport, though shaky, found ways to beat the Panthers' man-to-man press, turning the ball over just eight times and trailing by one, 15-14, after the first quarter.

But the Wildcats' fortunes turned when leading scorer Jason Knicley injured his shoulder on a hard foul driving to the basket with 6:23 left in the first half. He would not return.

"It didn't pop out of place. We're hoping it's just a strain," Crawford said, adding Knicley would be day-to-day. "He's our senior leader. He's been with us for parts of two seasons. He's got a scorer's mentality."

Without Knicley, the Wildcats had no real offensive threat. Parkdale took a 31-22 halftime lead, then pressed Williamsport out of its own gym after the break.

Charles Smallworth scored 20 points and Adam Nicholson added 13 for the Panthers. Ben Giles and Josh Foley both scored nine points to lead Williamsport.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In the consolation game, Scott Rice stuffed his stocking with stats, stats and more stats as North Hagerstown (No. 5 Herald-Mail poll) defeated Brunswick 71-54, avenging an earlier loss to the Railroaders.

Rice dominated every facet of the game, scoring 26 points - 20 in the first half - grabbing 13 rebounds, swiping seven steals, dishing four assists and swatting three blocks.

"He does so many things for our club," North coach Tim McNamee said. "We need some other guys to step up to take the pressure off him when he's getting double- and triple-teamed."

Rice scored 11 points in the first quarter and point guard Cliff Carey added eight of his 15 points in the frame as North, which never trailed, started the game on an 11-2 run and built a 24-13 first quarter lead.

"We were on our heels all night," Brunswick coach Jim Sklencar said. "The first time we played them, I thought they were on their heels all night. ... We're not the same team we were two weeks ago. We need to regroup and see if we can play better."

Learning some lessons from the first contest - a 75-68 Brunswick victory in which North was beaten on the glass - the Hubs outrebounded the Railroaders 26-10 in the first half.

"We wanted to pay them back for the first game," Rice said. "They outrebounded us the first game, and we wanted to stress boxing out and team rebounding."

Tavis Green had 10 points and nine rebounds, doing most of his work in the second half. Matt Reed added six points and seven rebounds. Jeremy Hueston had eight points to lead the Railroaders.

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