It was a rough Monday night for the two Carroll boys basketball teams in postseason play.
Fifth-seeded Francis Scott Key stayed close with fourth-seeded Poolesville in the first half of the Class 1A Region II quarterfinals, before the Montgomery County team went on a 21-2run in the third quarter on the way to a 74-53 win. Key finished itsseason with a 4-19 record.
In Winfield, sixth-seeded DuVal employed a high-pressure, full-court defense that continually disrupted the third-seeded South Carroll's offense, especially in the fourth quarter, as the Tigers rallied for a 51-47 victory in a Class 3A Region III boys' basketball quarterfinal.
With a 26-all halftime score, things were looking pretty good for visiting Francis Scott Key, which frustrated Poolesville in thefirst half with a tight zone, but the third quarter collapse typified the entire Eagles' season.
"I thought we played a great (first) half," Key coach Jeff Cook said.
"They (Poolesville) made transitions at half, got some easy baskets in the third and got on a roll. We've had dry spells like that all season long, which makes it tough because we're not a come-from-behind team."
Scott Kreit led the Eagles with 18 points, and Jason Smith added 12.
Senior Dave Layman chipped in nine while dishing out eight assists in his last high schoolgame. Eric Bohn is the only other senior on the team.
"We're gonna miss them, they're good people," Cook said.
"Win or lose, they had great attitudes and were great kids to coach. Layman has been our point guard for three years; he'll be tough to replace. Eric had a tough year with injuries; he could have really helped us."
The Eagles have a solid nucleus returning inside next season, led by Kreit, who averaged just under 15 points a game and nine rebounds.
South Carroll, which finished the season with a 12-11 mark, won the Carroll County title with a 6-1 mark this season.
But the Cavs self-destructed with turnovers in the final minutes of Monday's playoff game.
DuVal (10-13), which advances to the region semifinal Thursday at second-seeded Centennial, trailed much of the game. The Tigers, the defending Class 3A state champion, committed 24 turnovers but used their pressure defense to force 22 South Carroll turnovers and stage a fourth-quarter rally.
"(DuVal's defense) was the key to the game," said South Carroll coach Jim Carnes. "Too many turnovers. Too many bad decisions."
That was especially true in the fourth quarter. DuVal increased its full-court pressure to a higher level and forced seven Cavalier turnovers, including three in the final 45 seconds.
"We really didn't use the hard pressure until the fourth quarter," said DuVal coach Artie Walker, whose team was without star Stacy Robinson, set to go to the University of Maryland but ruled academically ineligible last month. "They turned it up higher."
DuVal covered South Carroll players all over the court, often double- and even triple-teaming the ball.
South Carroll point guard Joe Goodwin bore the brunt of the heat. Goodwin, especially in the fourth quarter, found himself dribbling in all directions to escape the Tigers' pressure.
"They turned it up a notch on defense, maybe two or three," said Goodwin, whose team missed four of seven fourth-quarter free throws. "We panicked. I panicked."
The Cavaliers struggled early, missing several easy layups and clinging to a 24-23 halftime lead. South Carroll led byas many as nine in the third quarter, thanks to help from Bryan Stauch (17 points).
South Carroll led, 46-42, with 2 minutes, 52 seconds left, after a Scott Mills (13 points) bucket. Marcus Nelson (13 points) then sank a pair of short jumpers to tie the game with 2:04 left.
Goodwin hit the front of a one-and-one with 1:50 left for a 47-46 lead. Maron Moss (17 points) then put DuVal ahead for good on a follow-up with 1:25 to go.