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After viewing the 2015-16 Boys basketball team for the second time in a week, I'm starting to get the impression that they like to play in "grind it out" type of games except this time they were on the winning side of the grind.
The Red Storm clinched their 4th win of the season, defeating Randallstown Rams 62-51 in the prime-time game of the Basketball Academy. The Red Storm overcame a third quarter drought and Rams' 9-0 run to finish the fourth quarter with a double digit lead.
"We changed some things up defensively," said Edmondson coach Darnell Dantzler about the late surge in the third and fourth quarter. "We was able to get a couple of steals and was fortunate enough to get the win."
The Red Storm finished the third quarter with their own 9-0 run, led by Demetrios Hoskins who scored six of the nine points. Hoskins finished with 23 points, dropping 14 in the second half. Dantzler moved Hoskins around in the second half, which created off-ball scoring opportunities for the 6'3 guard.
"I like playing off the ball the most because I can either shoot the three, or triple threat." Hoskins said.
Hoskins is the only starter returning from last year's Red Storm team, and has went from being a role player to the go-to-guy and he proved in this game that he is ready for the new role.
Just like in the Patterson game, while Hoskins operated on the offensive end, Desmond Brown was the defensive anchor for the Red Storm. Brown notched 6 blocks in the first half, making the Rams think twice before going inside the paint looking for baskets.
"We think he's the best big man in the city" said Hoskins
"He's our enforcer. Sometimes he can go a game with 10 blocks and not worry about scoring." said coach Dantzler.
The Rams did find success in the paint eventually, attacking the 6'8 Brown body, getting him into foul trouble and eliminating his length. Sterling Hughes did damage on the perimeter for the Rams, knocking down 5 threes, but only one came in the second half.
The Basketball Academy will continue for Friday and Saturday, both Randallstown and Edmondson will be the Friday slate, The Red Storm taking on Milford and Rams taking on City College.
Photo credit: Jimmy Fields
“When you get a lead, you're never as good as that lead,”
Those were the words from Patterson head coach, Harry Martin, after his Clippers escaped out of Edmondson's gym with a 58-47 victory extending their record to 7-3.
The lead coach Martin was speaking of was a 40-16 halftime advantage they had over the Red Storm. The Clippers came out gunning early, going on a 15-5 run in the first 4 minutes of the game. Edmondson struggled to find points inside or on the perimeter, while Patterson turned the game into a track meet, setting up countless fast break opportunities. The Red Storm weren't able to create any second chance opportunities, and if they did grab an offensive rebound, they weren't able to put the ball in the basket.
Todd Closson was big part in that huge lead for the Clippers, scoring 12 points in the first half, finishing with a total of 17. Whether he was spotting up on the three point line or attacking the basket, Closson gave the Clippers good offensive minutes that essentially opened the floodgates.
“We thought coming in that it would be a Baltimore City grind it out kind of game,” Martin said. “The 2nd half is [an example] of how we've been playing [this season], so I was real surprise after the first half.
Edmondson went on a 5-0 run to open up the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 19. A major turning point occurred midway through the quarter when the scorers table had a discrepancy with Edmondson's total points. The Clippers still had a large lead but it generated some momentum for the Red Storm for the remainder of the second half.
As the quarter progressed, the Red Storm used the “chippiness” to their advantage, which got the crowd into the game. The Red Storm outscored the Clippers 21-4 in the third quarter and went on a 10*-0 run in the final 90 seconds.
Dasmond Brown and Demetrius Haskins led the offensive attack for the Red Storm combining for 12 points in the second half. Brown controlled the paint on the defensive end while the guards up top forced a few turnovers, exposing the Clippers shaky guard play.
The fourth quarter is where the Clippers regained their composure and held on to the lead. Edmondson cut the lead to as low as 45-49 but the Clippers didn't fold under pressure despite playing sloppy with the ball. It was interesting to see Patterson not take advantage of the no shot clock and milk the game clock for the rest of the quarter but he let it be known that they don't have that luxury.
“We don't have any ball-handlers to milk the clock,” he said. “In the past we had good guards but it's tough on the high school level to hold the ball. We were in a double bonus [and] I would rather be in attack mode until the final horn.”
The Clippers finished with the game on a 9-2 run holding off the Red Storm comeback attempt. The Clipper have two big games ahead of them as they take on Wesleyan Christian(NC) and Imotep(PA) in the coveted Basketball Academy Friday and Saturday.
[BALTIMORE] After suffering a 42-6 loss to Archbishop Curley to open the season, the Edmondson-Westside Red Storm defeated crosstown foe, Baltimore City College Black Knights, 14-0, in an impressive defensive outing.
I'm not sure how the defense played against Curley, who has a lot more resources than the Baltimore City public school, but against City they were top notch. From the first whistle, Edmondson defense was physical. Not only did they swarm to the ball carrier, but they also used their pads. So far this season, their defense is the most physical I seen.
Offensively, the Red Storm still has some things to work on. They run a Wing-T offense, which is the perfect offense for high football, but with a wing-t you need a strong offensive line. After Kamal Highsmith took it 54-yards to put the Red Storm up 6-0 in the first quarter, the offense slowed down ￢ﾀﾓ I also give credit to City's defense for stepping up.
Edmondson forced 3 turnovers, Shamar Barnes turning one them into points on his 50 yard INT return.
Senior Bilal Omar was a big reason why the Red Storm was so good on defense. From his safety position, he made sure everyone was where they were supposed, acting as a coach on the field. He also played some offense, showcasing his speed every time he touched the rock.
The Red Storm will face Northwestern next week, but have a big showdown with the Douglass Ducks on the 25th.
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