Northeast wins on 3-pointers

January 05, 1991|By Rich Scherr

Steve Strauss tied school records with six three-point baskets and 38 points as host Northeast defeated Southern of Anne Arundel, 86-52, in a battle of co-No. 16s in an Anne Arundel County 2A-3A League game last night.

The 6-foot-3 senior's hot hand helped the Eagles run off 13 unanswered points at the end of the first half as they turned a 17-16 lead into a 38-26 lead at halftime.

"We had the green light to shoot [three-pointers], and in the second half it just felt good," said Strauss, who has hit on 22 of 46 (48 percent), including six of 12 last night from three-point range. "[Southern] wouldn't get tight on me, so after the first one I kept on shooting."

Strauss scored 28 points in the second half, including 18 in the fourth quarter, as he helped Northeast (7-2, 1-1) outscore Southern (7-2, 1-1), 14-4, to begin the second half, giving it a 52-30 lead.

"We encouraged them to take threes," said Northeast coach John Barbour. "I think if you work the ball, you can always get the open shots.

Said Strauss: "It's a great motivator knowing that Southern is one of the best teams in the area and that we beat them by more than 30. It feels great."

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