Though Suitland junior Charles Richardson starts as the Rams' power forward, it is just one of the positions he plays. Richardson will at times bring the ball up the court, set up for a three-point shot along the perimeter or post up near the basket.
"He's a mismatch anywhere he plays," Suitland Coach Tyrone Massenburg said of the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Richardson. "No one knows how to stop him. He's too big for a guard, and too fast for a forward."
Third-ranked Oxon Hill encountered the same problems as other teams last night, as Richardson led the 12th-ranked Rams to a 52-48 victory over the Clippers in a Prince George's County 4A League game in front of 1,500 spectators at Bowie State University.
Richardson, who had a team-high 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, scored five of the Rams' final six points -- including a free throw with 10.9 seconds left that provided that final margin -- to lead Suitland to its first victory over Oxon Hill since 1996.
Suitland snapped Oxon Hill's nine-game winning streak, but the Clippers (15-3, 14-1) are still two games ahead of the second-place Rams (14-4, 12-3) with just over a week left in the regular season. Oxon Hill has won the past two regular season titles.
"This is a new beginning for us because it's been so long since we beat Oxon Hill," said Suitland junior guard Bobby Maze, whose team extended its winning streak to eight games. "None of us knew what it felt like to beat Oxon Hill, and now we do."
Trailing 43-34 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, Suitland went on a 14-4 run, capped by Richardson's jump shot that gave the Rams a 48-47 lead with 1:38 remaining and Suitland never trailed again.
Senior forward Demario Anderson had a game-high 17 points for Oxon Hill.
Oxon Hill Girls Win
Junior guard Denesha Kenion scored a game-high 15 points -- all in the second half -- to lead the 20th-ranked Oxon Hill girls to a 53-38 victory over No. 19 Suitland in the first half of yesterday's doubleheader. The victory gave Oxon Hill sole possession of first place in the Prince George's 4A League.
Oxon Hill (14-3, 14-1) outscored Suitland (13-4, 12-2) 31-18 in the second half. It was Oxon Hill's third straight victory over the Rams, and it snapped Suitland's seven-game winning streak.
"This game was all about taking over first place, and we did that by playing good team basketball," said Oxon Hill senior center LaTricia Jones, who scored seven points and grabbed eight rebounds. "This was a win we really needed."