On Court And Off, He's Hard To Miss

Havre De Grace Standout Hunter Wears His Number On His Head

February 09, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff writer

Nobody can miss Havre de Grace's Robert Hunter.

Not just because the senior swingman is pumping in 19 points a game. And not just because Hunter scored 13 points in the fourth quarter Tuesday to lead theWarriors to their first league victory of the season, 48-44, over North Harford.

But Hunter etches his mark on places other than the scoreboard --most notably on the back of his head.

Neatly carved in his already short hair is the number 25, his jersey number.

"I put that 25 there myself," said Hunter. "I want everybody to know my number."

His teammates also have come under Hunter's clippers. As team barber, Hunter leaves the artistry behind for a more basic haircut for his teammates -- very short with a little left on top.

"He cuts everybody's hair," said senior Brent Bramwell. "I'm not really sure how this got started, but he does a pretty good job."

Although Hunter is not about to share his barber's scissors with any of his teammates, he doesn't mind cutting them in on the scoring load.

"Everybody has been looking to Hunter to be the scorer," said Warriors coach Alex Spooner.

"More and more teams are taking away from him with a box-and-one or other things requiring us to go to other people more and more."

Against North Harford, the Warriors (6-11 overall, 1-8 league) turned in a strong team performance. There were at least four candidates for most valuable player of the game -- Hunter, Bramwell, Ryan Nolan and Greg Brown.

Hunter led the Warriors in scoring. He sat outthe first quarter after missing practice Monday and couldn't find his range until late in the third quarter. But his fourth quarter performance made up for his shaky start.

His jumper with 25 seconds left in the game gave the Warriors their first lead, 45-44. The Hawks had led by as many as 13 late in the second quarter.

Bramwell scored11 and was 7-7 from the free throw line. The 6-0 center paced the Warriors early on.

Nolan scored only two points, but his contribution on defense proved as great as any on of fense. Nolan's defensive assignment was to stick to Hawks' 6-5 center Damon Roberts.

Spooner said before the game that controlling Roberts would be the key. In the first meeting, Roberts dominated the inside, scoring 23 points and controlling the offensive boards.

Tuesday, Nolan held Roberts, whoaverages 12 points per game, to just seven points. Roberts had 12 rebounds but only five of them offensive, and he converted only one of those.

"Believe it or not, that was the complete work of a 5-10 guard," said Spooner.

"Ryan played an excellent defensive game."

Brown was the last-second hero. The 6-1 senior forward blocked North Harford's last shot, grabbed the rebound and hit two free throws withtwo seconds left to preserve the victory.

Spooner and the Warriors said they weren't at all concerned that Brown might miss. Although he hit only 5 of 19 free throws at one stretch earlier in the season,he had canned 8 of 10 against Oxford, Pa., on Jan. 30. Brown hit sixof those in the final two minutes to help the Warriors hold onto a 65-50 win.

"We hadn't won a lot of games, so this was a big win forus," said Brown.

"It was really important because we had to come back. Now we know we can win games like this."

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