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Class 2A Boys: No. 4 Lake Clifton (22-3) vs. No. 12 South Carroll (21-4)
Time: Friday, 9 p.m.
Outlook: The Lakers are chasing after the program's fourth state championship, while South Carroll makes its third tournament appearance in four years still trying to break through for its first crown. Both teams lean on disciplined defense which often initiate their offenses. For Lake Clifton, senior forward Aaron Parks (14 points, eight rebounds) has been the team¿s emotional leader with inspiring play at both ends. The Lakers have a number of others who have stepped up, which makes them a difficult team to match up against. Senior guards James Boone (12 points) and Lionel Green (10 points, seven rebounds) are both fine perimeter players who also can get out in transition, and senior center Rodney Hawkins (eight points, eight rebounds) has good moves around the basket. After losing three starters -- including Carroll County's all-time scoring leader, Ryan McTavish -- the Cavaliers return to Comcast with strong team defense and efficient play on offense. They don't make many mistakes and force their opponents into them. Senior point guard Dan Mullen (10.2 points, 5.7 assists) makes smart decisions, and junior forward Gavin McTavish (19 points, 7.5 rebounds) brings a fluid offensive game that is difficult to stop. When too much attention is put on McTavish, senior forward Ryan Tate (13.6 points, eight rebounds) can make opponents pay. Pictured: Dan Mullen (left), Daquan Ross