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Douglass edges 'Cats in Doub final

December 28, 2003|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

There wasn't a late-arriving Christmas package wrapped with a tournament title for the Williamsport boys basketball team on Saturday.

Instead, it went to Frederick Douglass as the Eagles captured the 23rd annual Richard E. Doub Classic with a 64-58 victory over Williamsport.

The Class 3A Eagles from Prince George's County used superior rebounding at the outset of the game and backcourt scoring to knock off the Class 1A Wildcats.

Frederick Douglass pounded Williamsport on the glass in the first half 19-6, 10 of those on the offensive boards that led to 10 points and a 29-23 halftime lead.

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At the same time, the Eagles drained four 3-pointers - three by 6-foot-1 guard Austin Williams and one by 5-7 guard Mike Lewis - that kept Williamsport at arm's length.

"We got hammered on the boards early but we did a better job of boxing out in the second half," Williamsport coach Deron Crawford said. "You know teams from PG County like to get out and run, so we wanted to keep the game in the high 50s or low 60s."

When the Wildcats (5-2) began to rebound in the second half, they stayed with the quicker Eagles, as evidenced by the teams' identical 15- and 20-point quarters in the second half.

Frederick Douglass (4-3) threatened to run away from Williamsport when it reached a double-digit lead (54-43) with 5:39 left in the game.

However, Will Roney hit six free throws, David Warrenfelt added a 3 and Philip Jordan and John Hose each had two buckets and the Wildcats were within 62-58 with 32 seconds remaining.

Williams missed the back end of a two-shot foul but picked off his own rebound that thwarted any final Williamsport effort.

"You don't like an 'L' but I'm very pleased with the effort tonight," Crawford said. "If we can maintain the level of intensity we had tonight, we'll do well in the MVAL. It's important to go into the league off of this effort."

Williamsport's next game is its MVAL Antietam Conference opener Jan. 6 against North Hagerstown.

Roney, Williamsport's selection to the all-tournament team, led the Wildcats with 20 points, while Warrenfeltz added 13, knocking down a hat trick of three-pointers. Philip Jordan had seven rebounds.

Lewis scored 10 of his 13 points in the final eight minutes including 8 of 9 from the free throw line. Junior Cliff Dixon used his 6-8 frame to hit for 19 points and 13 rebounds, both game highs. Williams ended with 16 points.

Beall took home the consolation title with a 90-30 thrashing of Broadfording Christian.

Broadfording hung tough with Beall, down only 20-15 after the first eight minutes, but the Mountaineers went on to lead 40-20 at halftime and then made sure of the outcome with a 20-0 run to start the second half.

Alan Myers had seven points for Broadfording (3-4) while Roman Raley led Beall (3-4) with 17 points.

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