Overlea's height advantage wore down Dundalk yesterday, as the Falcons breezed to a 64-36 victory in the Blue Division final of the Baltimore County Holiday Invitational Tournament at Essex Community College.
Overlea (6-0) used 6-foot-6 Bernard Hopkins and 6-7 Phil Rowe to lead an inside game that opened a 14-point halftime lead against the Owls (1-7), who were without three starters, including two taller than 6 feet 5.
"That's been the season," said Overlea coach Doug Eisenhauer. "We run a double low post that makes our big guys touch the ball."
Overlea's big guys, Hopkins and Rowe, combined for 39 points, with Hopkins getting 28. Rowe blocked five shots to go with his 11 points.
"We were really outgunned," said Dundalk coach Brian Radcliffe. "We knew they were bigger, so we tried to shorten up the game. We ran the delay on the outside, but we couldn't get the ball inside."
Hopkins and Rowe caused many shots to be altered and controlled the boards.
"A lot of our baskets came from defense," said Hopkins. "They didn't have any big men, so it was a lot easier for us."
Toward the end of the first half, Dundalk's tallest player on the court was 6-2 Scott Wiley. Overlea was able to score at will inside, turning a 17-14 second-quarter lead into a 32-18 halftime lead.
Rowe contributed five points and a block during the spurt, and Tyrone Thomas and Hopkins each had fast-break dunks.
From there, Overlea outscored Dundalk, 10-3, to begin the second half, making it 42-21 with 4 minutes, 22 seconds left in the third quarter. Rowe blocked two shots during the run.
"At halftime we talked about getting better offensive flow," said Eisenhauer. "In the second half, I think we had just that.
"I think this team showed that it has a great deal of potential."
In earlier action, Northern took third place in the Blue Division by winning a consolation game over Havre de Grace, 80-40. George Wilkerson led three Northern players in double figures with 14.
Led by 5-11 Brian Gryzb (26 points), C. Milton Wright got past Atholton, 49-43, in the Gold Division consolation.
Chesapeake-BC took the White Division consolation over North Harford, 60-26. Ralph Hinton paced the Blue Hens with 26.
In the Red Division, Eastern Vo-Tech took third place by defeating Perry Hall, 68-51. James Weyforth (24 points) helped EVT rally from a 14-6 first-quarter deficit to lead by one at the half.