The Largo Lions came within points of being the only high school in Prince George’s County, Md. to win a basketball title this season; instead, they fell short, 70-64, to Lake Clifton of Baltimore, Md. on March 10 in the 2A state championship game at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md.

Largo (22-5 overall record) got off to a very slow start vs. Lake Clifton, and trailed by as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter of the game. The Lions would fight back to cut into the lead, but they simply ran out of time and opportunities.

“At the end, our momentum came,” Largo senior Derrick Colter told reporters after the game; Colter scored 21 of his 23 total points in the second half.

“We all got the energy and started playing harder and then time started ticking, ticking. It was going so fast. We couldn’t fight all the way back to get the win.”

Largo senior guard Lafayette Nelson, who scored 16 points, told reporters that his team simply had an off night shooting. But he credits Lake Clifton for doing a great job at defending and rebounding the ball. Lake Clifton senior Aaron Parker led the winners with 22 points and 14 rebounds.

“We got far,” Nelson told reporters. “This is basically what we’ve been talking about for four years. We just didn’t come home with the trophy.”

Lake Clifton (24-3 overall record) is one of three teams from Baltimore City to win a state title this year; Dunbar won the 1A title and Patterson won the 3A title.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor