Linganore slows down Howard Lancers rally for 65-50 victory Boys basketball

December 15, 1992|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Linganore's game plan was to attack Howard's full-court press and slow down the Lions' up-tempo style.

Except for the first quarter, when Howard raced to a 19-11 lead, the Lancers were successful at that plan and the Frederick County team rallied for a 65-50 win at Howard yesterday. It was the Lions' first loss after two wins. Linganore is 2-1.

Howard's 19-for-50 shooting performance was caused partly by a tall and physical Linganore squad that intimidated the Lions inside.

Linganore's lineup included 6-foot-5, 240-pound Adam Shively, 6-4 Boys basketball

Dave Jorgenson, 6-5 Andrew Pennington and 6-5, 250-pound Bret Thompson, who is being recruited by several Division I schools for football.

The Lancers rebounded well on the defensive boards and passed sharply when it counted down the stretch.

They broke open what had been a close game with some crisp passing and a 13-point run highlighted by three layups in the final four minutes.

Overall, it was a sloppy game. Howard made 27 turnovers and Linganore 24. Howard was called for 23 fouls and Linganore 19. Thompson fouled out with 4:24 left to play.

In the first quarter, when Howard created a quick tempo, the Lions made 12 turnovers and Linganore 10. With that tempo, the Lions got the kind of shots they wanted and were 6-for-11 from the floor.

But in the second period, Linganore began to break Howard's press and started slowing the tempo with a 2-3 zone defense -- the first time that Howard has seen a zone this year. The result was a 2-for-12 shooting performance by Howard that quarter.

"The zone kind of caught us off guard, and we all just messed up tonight," said Howard's Javier Michaux, who led all scorers with 24 points. He also had four rebounds and four steals. He's averaging 23 points.

Linganore opened the second quarter with a nine-point run and took a 20-19 lead. Jorgenson (20 points) hit the first of his two three-point shots.

Howard scored seven straight, five by Michaux and two on a mammoth dunk by 6-5 Jeremy Milam.

But Linganore ran off nine straight to take a 29-26 lead at halftime. Linganore led almost the entire second half.

Howard pulled within 52-48 with 4:24 left to play on Michaux's outside jumper.

Linganore, however, continued to rebound defensively and run successful fast breaks against Howard, which was caught several times with no defender downcourt.

"We played smart with the lead and moved the ball well at the end," Linganore coach Tim Leber said. "We played hard, intelligent defense against a team that crashes the boards and presses hard."

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