Last-second Shot Knocks Wilde Lake Out Of Tourney

March 10, 1991|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff writer

Edgewood sophomore Maurice Boone (25 points) ended Wilde Lake's season with a 25-foot shot in the final second as the Rams won the boys state Class 2A semifinal Friday night, 68-65.

"I looked up at the scoreboard and it said .9 seconds, and I just threw it up hoping it went in," Boone said. "I shocked myself.

"We thought we'd beat them easily, but we got a surprise."

Top-seeded Edgewood (24-1) led, 51-49, after three quarters, but the Rams never pulled ahead by more than two in the fourth quarter.

Boone's two free throws with 1:59 left made it 63-61 Edgewood.

Wilde Lake's Randy Miller (12 points) sank a one-and-one to tie it.

After an Edgewood turnover, one of 18 by the Rams, No. 4-seeded Wilde Lake had a chance to go ahead, but Phil Chenier (13 points) missed a shot in the lane.

After Edgewood failed to score, George Bradford (six points) missed a fast-break layup and then fouled Boone on the rebound.

Boone sank both free throws for a 65-63 Edgewood lead with 45 seconds left.

Chenier then missed a baseline jumper for Wilde Lake,and the ball went out of bounds to Edgewood with 19 seconds left.

But Wilde Lake's press, which gave Edgewood trouble all night, forced another turnover with 14 seconds left.

"We really hadn't been pressed all season," Edgewood coach Bob Slagle said. "And we didn't execute against it."

Wilde Lake set up a play to Chenier, who played the fourth quarter with four fouls, and he sank a jumper from the keywith two seconds left, tying the score, 65-all.

"Chenier was the guy we tried to foul out," Boone said. "We knew he could hurt us."

Then came Boone's stunning shot to end the game.

"We were trying to go to (John) Hobbs, but Boone is a clutch player," Slagle said. "It was luck, but we'll take it."

Edgewood began the game looking asif the Rams would blow Wilde Lake off the court.

The Rams scored the first three baskets on layups. Joe Guyton (14 points) finally broke the string for the 'Cats with a driving basket.

By the end of the quarter it was 16-11 in Edgewood's favor, and Boone had scored 10 points.

Ira Crawley (10 points) saved the quarter from being a total disaster for Wilde Lake with two baskets after he replaced Chenier, who left with 1:26 to go after his second foul.

In the second quarter, Wilde Lake's press created havoc for Edgewood, as the Rams made six straight turnovers and turned it over 10 of 11 times down the floor.

That resulted in an 18-0 run for the 'Cats, who went from down, 18-13, to ahead, 31-18.

Wilde Lake's Adam Tyer (10 points) scored eight points in that run.

Edgewood then went on a 13-4 run to trail only 35-31 at halftime.

The Rams continued the run with a 14-4 spurt to start the third quarter before Joe Guyton (14 points) sank two straight layups for Wilde Lake.

"We've played that way all season," Slagle said.

Wilde Lake shot 27-for-61 from the floor (44 percent) and 11-for-14 at the foul line. Edgewood shot 26-60 from thefloor (43 percent) and 13-for-17 from the foul line.

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