Mustangs Tune Up For Playoffs With Romp Over Falcons

February 24, 1991|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff writer

Is it any wonder Meade senior David Beck is looking forward to tomorrow's opening round of the Class 4A Region IV basketball playoffs?

After Friday night, every Mustang should be eagerly awaiting the next game.

With 13 of its 15 available players scoring, led by Beck with a game-high 20 points, Meade easily disposed of host Severna Park, 84-61, for its second blowout win over the Falcons this season.

The Mustangs (17-5) cruised to a 79-59 victory back on Jan. 4, with Beck again netting 20 points.

"I told the kids before the ballgame, 'Know where he's at.' Well, we knew where he was at. We watched him shoot all night," said Severna Park coach Wayne Mook, whose team is 10-12.

Seniors Ron Hubbard and Steve Mackey each scored 12 points, as the Mustangs shot 52.3 percent (33 of 63) from the floor.

The outcome of Friday's game never was in doubt. The last time Severna Park trailed by single digits was 14-7, before a Beck three-pointer, and by early in the fourth quarter Mustang coach Butch Young was clearing his bench.

"I thought we played with a lot of intensity, and we played hard all the way through, all the way down through everybody," Young said.

"We shot the ball well tonight. Our chemistry was on," said Beck, who did not score in Tuesday's 74-52 win over Queen Anne's. "I think we're starting to come together, and that's always good during tournament time.

"I'm real confident now. And with Broadneck around and Old Mill and Annapolis, it's going to be great. We're going to be ready."

As the fourth seed in the playoffs, Meade will play host to either Severna Park or La Plata in tomorrow's first round.

"We have to be sure not to get big-headed," Beck said.

Mook doesn't have that worry concerning his team, which was minus senior Darrick Moran, who missed the game for disciplinary reasons. He will not be available for tomorrow's game.

Without the 6-foot-4 forward, Mook said his team lacks leadership.

"He makes a big difference, but hey,you have to play with what you've got," Mook said. "We just asked other kids to step forward and do it."

"We tried to suck it up and play as hard as we could," said junior forward Rich Riffle, who led Severna Park with 18 points.

Scott Brown scored seven points for theFalcons, who had won six of their last seven games. Matt Glenn and Kevin Schultz added six points each.

Severna Park made 26 turnovers, compared to 15 for Meade. The Mustangs had nine at halftime -- along with a 35-22 lead -- and did not commit their 10th until the fourthquarter.

The teams began trading baskets to open the final period, as Severna Park sought its first lead of the game. But the host team could get no closer than 39-26 after a basket from Bob Evans (12 points).

Meade had began the game by rattling off the first five points, and eventually went ahead, 14-2. Beck had seven points during the run, including the first of his four three-pointers.

Brian Parker came off the bench to contribute eight points, and starting point guard Dorien Fullilove added seven.

"I have a good feeling about (the Mustangs)," Young said. "We've been playing very well, and I just want to make sure we play well next week."

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