For all of you that are not from the great city of Baltimore, just know that High School Basketball here is must see, especially when it includes two schools from opposite sides of the city. Edmondson-Westside, who represent the west side of Baltimore, traveled to take on the Lakers of Lake Clifton, who represent the east side. Both teams come into this game ranked top 5 in the Baltimore Metro Area, EW 4th and Lake 5th.
To really understand the magnitude of Lake vs EW, you would have to be here and know the history. Last season, Lake defeated the Red Storm, 43-42. It's never a friendly game when these two are on the court, always chippy, mainly between the fans. EW come into the game undefeated while Lake has 1 loss on the record to Patterson high school, another Bmore High School Power.
Edmondson started off on a good foot when they took a 5-0 lead to begin the game. Their star big man, Kani Coles, contributed to that early lead with a tough And-1 bucket. The 6'7 Coles has already won 2 state titles with the Red Storm, being a force in the paint.
After his And-1 though, he didn't score for the rest of the first quarter. Lake Clifton would go on a 10-5 run to end the quarter while the Red Storm committed 5 straight turnovers in the final 2 minutes of the quarter, also scoreless in the final 4 minutes.
The Guard play for the Red Storm really hurt them this game. They couldn't get big Kani the ball in the paint, they couldn't stop the Lake Clifton guards from attacking the lane, and they kept turning the ball over. In the second quarter, Lake started off on a 7-3 run while EW committed 3 more turnovers.
EW would make a run to end the half down by one, 19-20. Before the half, Coles made a terrific block, then ran the court, finishing the play with a two-hand putback.
In the second half, Lake Clifton's guards began to take over. For some reason, EW switched out of the 3-2 zone they were in and went man-to-man, which was a bad idea. D. Green and G. Jefferson for Lake Clifton combined for 23 points, making the EW guards look very bad. Green made unbelievable play when he blew past one EW defender, and next thing I knew, his head was at the rim, extending the Lakers lead and pretty much taking the heart out of the Red Storm.
Next for the Red Storm is a trip to Patterson, where they will have to deal with star point guard Derek Oliver. He and Keandre Cook for EW will match up and it should be a good one to watch. Aside from Cook, the Red Storm will have to fix their guard issue because that is what Patterson is known for. Lake Clifton will travel to City College for an east side duel. Both games will are on January 13th.