Loyola downs Oakland Mills in season debut, 68-49

December 05, 1992|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Oakland Mills' 68-49 loss to visiting Loyola last night in th basketball opener for both teams left Scorpions coach Dave Appleby optimistic about the rest of the season.

"We're a pretty good team, but Loyola's a real good team that I think will go far. They were just better than us," Appleby said.

He schedules tough teams such as Loyola not with the main purpose of winning, but with the idea of improving the level of his team's play and of finding out which players will perform under pressure.

"I believe you play to the level of your competition, so you have to play good teams to raise your level of play," Appleby said. You take your lumps and you learn."

Appleby thought Loyola fed off Oakland Mills' mistakes.

"We didn't recognize several offensive opportunities, and we didn't get back defensively a couple of times," he said.

Oakland Mills had no returning starters from last season and went with a starting team that included two players, George Robinson and Antoine Barnes, who hadn't played organized ball before.

That lineup stayed with Loyola until the second quarter, trailing 17-12 after the first period, and 19-16 after Josh Tripp's five-footer.

Loyola's Wes Unseld Jr. (15 points) took control with a power move inside for a basket, and a short while later with two free throws. Warren Parker converted a fast break to finish a six-point Loyola run.

Following a basket by Oakland Mills' Barnes and a free throw by Michael Hill (13 points), Loyola put together another six-point run and at halftime led 33-20.

The Dons also scored six of the first eight points in the third quarter for a 39-22 lead, and the outcome was never again in doubt.

"They [Loyola] played tough defense and didn't give you much room to operate," Hill said.

Hill guarded Unseld and held his own against the more experienced player whose father coaches the Washington Bullets.

An airborne Hill scored off a long inbounds pass for the game's most sensational basket.

Chad Barr led the Scorpions with 15 points.

Oakland Mills made 17 turnovers to 13 for Loyola. But three of those Loyola turnovers were made by the second team late in the game.

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