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