"It's All About The Game"

Lake makes statement against Edmondson






Ron Bailey, Publisher

Lake Clifton protected home court and place in standings.

January 15, 2014 - Last Friday Edmondson traveled from its Westside, Baltimore home to Lake Clifton's Eastside location hoping to stay ahead in the standings; Lake was 1-1, while the Edmondson stood 2-0. The stage was set for the visitors to take distance themselves from their Eastside rivals.

It didn't occur. Lake, up 20-19 at the half extended their lead by getting to the cup, eventually winning 55-46 before a packed house. Given the victor's subsequent loss to DuBois, the win was huge, as they are just a half game back in the conference standings, trailing Edmondson 2-1 to 2-2.

Lake Clifton's Derrick Green with a second half teardrop.

A pair of senior guards, Gary Jefferson and Derrick Green led Lake with 17 points apiece. Their coach, Herman 'Tree' Harried employed a spread offensive attack in which guards passed on the perimeter, attacking the hole when a free lane opened up.

"We were up, so we just held the ball up and took what was open" said Green of the scheme. Quick buckets were eschewed, forcing Edmondson to press up and play aggressive defense. In doing so, the lane was opened, layups presented.

"They shot the ball well" said Edmondson head coach Darnell Dantzler of what precipitated Lake's spread attack. He tried to trap the ball at half court to get them out of it, to no avail. His best remedy? "The key is to not let them get up too much" he answered. "And play defense".

Senior swingman Keandre Cook scored 15 points for Dantzler's team. Senior forward/center Kani Coles had slightly more, finishing with 16 points.

Attendance sheet: Billy Garrett of DePaul and Towson's Kevin Clark were in the house.

Player Notes:

Derrick Green, 6'4", 185 pound senior guard, Lake Clifton - Green is a power guard type, capable and willing of finding the paint, where he finishes and/or finds. Is willing to mix it up down low on offense and defense.

For college needs to consistently be more of a point guard, and work on his shot's consistent range.

DePaul, USC, Delaware, Towson, Loyola, Cal-State Northridge and Creighton have shown interest.

Kani Coles, 6'7", 220 pound senior forward/center - An underappreciated big man, Coles is known in Charm City as a rim protector, a guy who defends the paint with length, athleticism and aggression. Is also a good passer.

Should further develop his back to the basket game, including counters, which will come in handy at the next level, as will a more consistent spot up game from the elbow.

Loyola and Fairmont State have reportedly offered Coles. Other D2 schools besides the latter are also showing interest, as has the Pac 12's USC.

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