Meade speed too much for Westminster, 82-45 Boys basketball

December 12, 1992|By Pat Overton | Pat Overton,Contributing Writer

Meade High School used offensive surges in the second and third quarter that visiting Westminster could not answer and went on to defeat the Owls, 82-45, last night.

Led by point guard Derek Barrett's game high 26 points and steady defense, Meade (2-0) easily established its dominance before the overmatched Owls.

The Mustangs may have a smaller lineup than most teams this season, but if they have to rely on their speed to win, coach Butch Young's team should not have many problems.

"We knew coming in that this team was going to be pretty quick," said Young. "But because we are so small, that means you have to do everything right on the perimeter. We gamble a lot on the outside, but when you miss you end up giving the other team easy points, and Westminster did get a few of those."

Most of those easy points did come in the first quarter, when the Owls were trying to keep the game close. After the Mustangs scored the first six points of the game, the Owls tied it up on six straight points by forward Jamie Grocki. Meade did manage to pull ahead for an 18-12 lead after one quarter.

The Mustangs shifted into a faster gear for the second quarter, though, scoring six straight points. Owls coach Dave Byer called a timeout to settle his team down, but Meade outscored Westminster 8-2 in the next 3 minutes.

Not only was Barrett causing havoc with the ball, but he also forced a number of Owls turnovers. Meade kept the pressure on at both ends of the floor and took a 45-23 lead at halftime.

It was more of the same for Westminster (1-2) in the second half as Meade opened the third quarter on a 15-4 run. Barrett was now getting help on the offensive end from guard Danny Sancomb, who would finish the night with 20 points, and forward Tyrone Jones, who scored 19.

Byers said that Meade did not do anything that surprised his team.

"Meade comes at you hard from the beginning," said Byers. "They are physical on the boards despite their size, they run if they get the chance, and they just play hard. It's still early in the season and we have time to improve. We are going to have a strong inside game, so we just need to execute better."

Grocki was a testament to Byers' claims of a strong inside game, scoring 14 points, mostly from inside. Todd Dorsey also made it into double figures for the Owls with 10 points.

Barrett was the game's top performer though, and Young is glad to have him out there.

"He can play," said Young. "But we have a lot of guys that can play. I was very happy with the performance our starting five gave. But we've got a tough schedule ahead of us and if we're going to compete we have to establish a good game off our bench."

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