Phil Chenier scored eight of his game-high 22 points in the third quarter, as host Wilde Lake built a 10-point lead and went on to beat Mount Hebron, 75-64, in a Howard County League game last night.
Chenier, the Wildecats center and son of the former Bullets' great, helped Wilde Lake break open a one-point game at the half, with a 14-5 spurt to start the second half, giving it a 44-34 lead midway through the third quarter. Chenier scored all four of his baskets on lay-ups, and teammate Randy Miller added four points during the stretch.
"We had a good run for a while," said Wilde Lake coach Paul Ellis. "We controlled the boards, and got some fast breaks. That was really important because [Mount Hebron] kept pushing back."
Wilde Lake cut short a late Mount Hebron run, which cut the lead to six, to preserve the victory.
The win gives the Wildecats (9-2, 6-2) a share of first place in the league with the Vikings (9-7, 6-2).
The Wildecats controlled the boards for most of game, many times getting second and third shots on offense. Ellis said he felt that that was one of the keys to the win.
"We did a good job on rebounding," he said. "That's a lift since we hadn't been doing really well on the boards all season."
Wilde Lake jumped out to an early 16-7 lead to open the game. Adam Tyer scored six points during the stretch as the Wildecats took advantage of poor Mount Hebron shooting to run the court. The Vikings shot just 32 percent from the field during the quarter.
But the Vikings caught up in a hurry. They outscored Wilde Lake 11-1 over the next 1 minute, 35 seconds to go up 18-17 early in the second quarter. Wilde Lake missed ten straight shots during the spurt.
The remainder of the half saw the lead change hands six times before the Wildecats' George Bradford gave his team a 30-29 lead on a last second tip-in at the half.
Both teams shot under 40 percent for the half.