Calvert Hall's Able rolls on in new BC role

December 04, 1990|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Evening Sun Staff

RICHMOND, Va. -- Boston College's Doug Able swears that he is not supernatural, that he only looked that way last night against Maryland.

"If I was supernatural, I would be starting," he said with a laugh.

Perhaps, but his finish helped spark the Eagles in their comeback win.

Able, a 6-foot-6 senior forward who was a co-captain at Calvert Hall, scored 20 points, including 12 in the last 10 minutes.

"It [the comeback] was a combination of myself trying hard along with [freshman center] Billy Curley and [senior reserve guard] Bobby Moran doing what we could," said Able.

The early season has been a time of adjustments for Able. He injured his lower backbone just before an exhibition with the Australian national team and then tore tissue in his left wrist in a loss to Duke.

And then the capper. BC coach Jim O'Brien asked Able, who had started 64 of 88 games during his career and all 27 games last year, to take a seat on the bench and act as a sixth or seventh man. The demotion was a blow to Able's ego, especially after he had averaged 12 points last season. But he has survived and even thrived, averaging 11.5 points this year.

"I don't necessarily like it," Able said of his new role. "But now that we're winning some games, why change something that's working?

"I'm not going to say a word. Coach O'Brien has a saying that the tape don't lie and the stats don't lie. We'll let them speak for themselves and let whatever happens, happen.

The last two years have been lean at the Heights and Able had considered setting up shop someplace else.

But, because he chose BC as much for its academic reputation as for its athletic glory, Able decided to stick it out there.

"I chose BC first and foremost because of the academics," said Able, an accounting major. "When we were going through rocky times, I did think about some things. But that builds character and you have to persevere."

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