In high school basketball, height sometimes can make the difference between a good team and an also-ran.
Maybe Archbishop Spalding will find this out a little later in the season, when it begins play in the Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference.
But for now, the Cavaliers, who boast five players 6-foot-3 or taller, just aren't getting the job done.
A good reason for this maybe their schedule, the early part of which Coach Lee Dove calls "an NBA schedule." Spalding's first four games, including Friday's 119-67drubbing at the hands of an improved Glen Burnie squad, featured twoClass 4A public teams, one public 2A school (Howard County's Glenelg), with 4A Chesapeake waiting in the wings on Wednesday.
"Right now, the thing that's hurting us so much is that one of our guards, PatMohr, is hurt. When he comes back, I think it'll add a lot more to our offensive capabilities. Today we were throwing the ball away too much," said Dove.
"The other problem was that we didn't play any defense. We were expecting them to push the ball up the floor, but we also expected (the defense) to get back; we just didn't do that. By halftime, it was too late."
At the midpoint, the Gophers (2-1) had blown the game wide open, going into the dressing room with a 64-33 advantage.
During the entire second quarter (Glen Burnie outscored Spalding 36-18) the hosts took advantage of their superior quickness at the guard spot, as Chris Collins (18 points) and Dwayne "Tick" Newton (five points, five assists) trapped guard Edgar Wright with regularity. Glen Burnie had 27 steals for the game.
Junior forward BrianMohr (6-5) led the losers with 17 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
"That number 40 (Mohr) is a good ballplayer. I think he could play anywhere in the county," said Glen Burnie mentor Terry Bogle.
While the Cavs (0-4) could only post two double-digit scorers, the Gophers placed five players in double figures, led by senior sharpshooter Jeff Gross, who bagged 23 points (including four three-pointers).
Center Jamal Forbes posted 19 points and five rebounds, while Vernon Osborne had 14 points with a team-high nine boards.
"Everybody just played super. They did what we wanted them to do. We like to pushthe ball up the floor, and we did do that tonight," said Bogle.
"(Coming into the game) we were a little worried. We've been struggling. We struggled in our first game (a 60-51 loss to Northeast), and North County gave us a good ballgame (a 74-67 win). But today, we executed the way we wanted to, and I thought we ran the fast break real well."