Oxon Hill 65,
C.H. Flowers 62
Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
After missing Oxon Hill's past three games nursing a sprained ankle, senior forward Demario Anderson made up for lost time Friday night in the seventh-ranked Clippers' 65-62 overtime victory at 12th-ranked C.H. Flowers in a Prince George's County 4A game.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Anderson scored seven of his team-high 23 points in the extra session as the Clippers (7-2, 6-0) won their 16th consecutive regular season league game dating to last season and remained the only undefeated team in league play. C.H. Flowers (6-2, 3-2) ended a school-best six-game winning streak, despite getting a school-record seven three-pointers from senior guard Franklin Banks, who finished with a game-best 25 points.
"Demario's a difference maker for us," Oxon Hill Coach Billy Lanier said of Anderson, who averages a team-best 16 points and eight rebounds per game. "He brings so much to our team: scoring, rebounding and leadership. We're a different team when he's out there."
Anderson's return provided a welcome boost to a Clippers team that was coming off consecutive losses to Lincoln (N.Y.) and Good Counsel at last week's Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament in Lewes, Del., where Anderson watched from the end of the team's bench. "I was mad because I couldn't play," Anderson said. "I just wanted to get back and help our team win."
And that's exactly what Anderson did. With the game tied at 46, Anderson opened the extra period by following his layup with a steal, which led to two free throws to give Oxon Hill a four-point lead in the first 24 seconds of overtime.
Oxon Hill pushed its lead to 59-51 with 48 seconds remaining, but C.H. Flowers went on 9-3 run -- capped by senior guard Marc Duncan's three-pointer with 15 seconds remaining to pull to 62-60.
Anderson followed with two free throws to extend the Clippers' lead to 64-60 with 13 seconds left before C.H. Flowers guard Brandon Birks's two free throws cut the lead to 64-62 with 5.6 seconds remaining.
Oxon Hill senior guard Will Gill made 1 of 2 free throws with 3.4 seconds remaining to push the Clippers' lead to 65-62. Then Duncan's desperation shot from half court caromed off the top of the backboard as time expired.