Blair built a 13-point lead early in the third quarter and then held on in the final six minutes to defeat visiting Suitland, 52-51, last night in the final of the fifth annual Blair Holiday Tournament.
Blair appeared on the way to a rout when it assumed a 47-34 lead with 6:15 left. Then the Blazers succumbed to Suitland's full-court zone press.
"We were a little too confident," said Blazer cocaptain Butch Taylor. "We thought we had it won and then we choked. We weren't really playing hard."
Baylor steaded his teammates at the end of the game. He made an outstanding block on Bobby Shaw's attempted layup with one minute remaining and his 22 points were high for the game.
"I know I have to do more in order for us to win," baylor said. "Last year, I tried to score, this year I try to do everything."
Baylor scored 13 of Blair's 15 first-quarter points as the Blazers grabbed a three point lead. The advantage grew to 27-20 at halftime thanks to a six-point spree in the final 30 seconds.
Blair led the entire second half. The Rams closed the gap to one point on Lloyd's Smith's two free throws with 28 seconds left. After Mike Pitts missed the first shot in a one-and-one situation, Suitland had a chance to win, but Keith Johnson missed a desperation 25-footer at the buzzer.
At the Kennedy tournament, Magruder overcame a nine-point halftime deficit with a 49-point second half to defeat Einstein, 70-60. James Fuller led the Colonels with 17 points. Host Kennedy gained a spot in the championship with 54-42 win over Northwood. The Cavaliers battled back from seven points down at halftime behind Nick Malone's 16 points and Val Underwood's 11.
At the Old Mill tournament, Bill Mensch scored 22 points and Mark Evans 16 to lead Glen Burnie to a 68-64 win over Old Mill and the tournament championship. Rusty Cordua led Old Mill with 17. Kevin Carter scored 20 points to lead South River to a 75-60 win over Lansdowne in the consolation game.
At the Meade tournament, Nolan Gibsn and Tom Speicher combined for 44 points to give Laurel the championship with a 76-46 win over Arundel. Kendall Mathews scored 21 of his game-high 26 points in the second half to lead Meade to a come-from-behind 76-60 win over Atholton in the consolation.
In the Potomac Invitational at Wootton, Griffith Monroe scored nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as Wootton broke open a close game and defeated Whitman, 70-54. Woodward scored the first six points of the second half to take a lead it never relinquished in defeating Churchill, 63-59.
At the Quad City Tournament at High Point, Mike Hughes and Rod Faulkner combined for 32 points to lead Point Branch to a 76-63 win over Wilde Lake. Charles Robinson scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in High Point's 97-61 rout of Severna Park.