Father Disappointed, But The Son Shines In Holiday Tourneys

SIDELINES

December 30, 1991|By Pat O'Malley

Dad had to settle for consolation, while son took home MVP honors and a tournament title.

As a result, it was a 50-50 Sunday morning in the Kraning family household.

Tom Kraning coaches the Chesapeake boys basketball team, while 6-foot-6 son Steve is a senior star at Loyola High School in Towson.

Coach Kraning's Cougars (5-1) were upset Friday night by Northeast (3-4), 52-50, in the Bob Pascal Tournament at Northeast High. Chesapeake had to settle for consolation honors Saturday night, with a 56-49 victory over North County (0-7).

At Catonsville Community College Saturday, Steve led the Baltimore Sun's 10th-ranked Loyola Dons (8-2)to the Wes Unseld New Year's Classic Championship, defeating Mount St. Joseph, 73-65. Kraning poured in a game-high 25 points, nine on three-pointers.

In three Unseld tournament victories, Kraning bagged58 points, helping net him Most Valuable Player honors. Kraning plays on the same team as Wes Unseld, son of the Washington Bullets' coach and tournament namesake.

So while Coach Kraning was somewhat disappointed that his team didn't win the Pascal Tournament, he had to be a proud dad over Steve's performance.

It might have been a cleansweep for the Kranings had it not been for Chesapeake point guard Mark Hall's illness.

"I'm sure that made a big difference for their team, not having Mark Hall," Northeast coach John Barbour said after Friday's win. "Hall was sick and not able to play, but our kids played hard and pulled off the win. We're looking forward to playing Severna Park in the championship game."

Things didn't turn out the way Barbour hoped, as his Eagles were clipped by Severna Park, 86-67, ending their two-year hold on the Pascal title. The champion Falcons (6-0) copped their first Pascal tourney since 1988, as Rich Riffle led with with 17 points.

Scott Brown and Bob Evans (15 points) and sophomore Ron Green (14) joined Riffle in double digits. The Falcons unloaded early, taking a 42-30 lead at the half and starting the final period up by 18.

Northeast got 21 points from Scott Rey and 17 from Gene Pleyo in the championship loss. Pleyo had a game-high 20 points in the Chesapeake upset.

Bouncing back in the consolation game, Chesapeake was led by Justin Hall's 17 points and 10 from Wes Van Wambeke.

The 5-1 start is the best in Chesapeake basketball history. The Lake Shore school has never had a winning season in boys hoops, butcould be headed for one this year.

* Severna Park was one of fourcounty boys teams to win holiday tournaments over the weekend. Joining the Falcons were South River, Southern and Old Mill.

South River (6-1) won the first one Friday, taking the St. Mary's Tournament byripping the host Saints (3-7), 72-39. Albert Lee tallied a game-high21 points in each of the two Seahawk victories.

Lee led the way Thursday in a 59-49 squeaker over upset-minded Archbishop Spalding. The Cavs (1-7) of coach Lee Dove got 18 points from Brian Wade and had the Hawks tied at halftime, 24-24, and led by a point, 34-33, entering the final period before being outscored in the fourth quarter, 26-15.

St. Mary's advanced to the final by upsetting injury-riddled Severn School, 61-59, in the first game despite a 30-point explosion from Admirals' 9th grader John Vereen. Charlie McCloud led the Saints with 23 points.

Severn (6-4) won the consolation game over Spalding, 43-36, as Vereen tossed in 17 points and Andrew Webb tallied 16 to go with his 11 boards.

Sophomore Chatney Howard pumped in 41 points in two games and teammate Terrell Jones totaled 35 as Southern (5-2) won its own Christmas tournament, 63-51, over Great Mills of St. Mary's County.

Howard, a 6-2 forward, poured in 26 in the championship game while Jones, who had 22 in the 81-78 tourney opener against Frederick Douglass of Prince George's County, chipped in with 13. Jones is a 6-foot junior guard.

Old Mill (5-1) spoiled the Meade Christmas Tournament, edging the host Mustangs (3-2), 64-62.

Defending Class 4A county and Region IV champion Annapolis (4-1) lost its own Cap City Classic, 86-70, to Cardozo (4-3) of the D.C. area, while perennial 4A contender Broadneck (4-2) had to settle for a consolation victory in the Wes Unseld Classic Classic won by Loyola.

Broadneck was seeking its fifth straight Unseld title, but after opening with a 75-42 romp over Hammond (1-5) of Howard County Thursday, the Bruins dropped a 47-42 decision to Mount St. Joseph (2-7) Friday night.

The Bruins bounced back to take third place with a 62-57 win over Woodlawn (5-3) of Baltimore County. Seniors Matt Weimer and Jeff Vincent combined for 35 points in the consolation. In three games, Vincent bagged 50 points, Weimer 41. Vincent's best game saw him amass 24 pointsagainst Hammond.

Arundel (3-4) was blown out twice in the Largo Tournament in Prince George's County, losing 76-58 to host Largo Friday and 60-34 to Phelps of D.C. on Saturday. Richard Abrams had 14 points in each of the two Wildcat losses.

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