Glenelg's strong defense beats C. M. Wright, 58-49 Boys basketball

December 16, 1992|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

When two up-tempo basketball teams square off, the decisive factor normally is execution.

That was the story yesterday at Glenelg, where the Gladiators (2-1) defeated a C. Milton Wright squad that made 31 turnovers against Glenelg's pressing man-for-man defense.

The 58-49 final score was a bit deceiving. Glenelg had led 49-29 late in the third quarter. C. Milton Wright scored the game's last seven points against Glenelg's second team.

That second team also played most of the third quarter when Glenelg was outscored, 11-9.

C. Milton Wright (1-3) helped Glenelg out early in the game by shooting 3-for-13 from the field and making seven first-quarter turnovers, allowing Glenelg to get its running game in high gear. Glenelg led 21-8 at the end of the period.

Glenelg point guard Jamie Brinker was impressive with his dribbling and passing. All but one of Glenelg's eight first-quarter baskets were off layups.

The Gladiators opened the second period with a seven-point run, including two baskets by Jason Beall, the game's high scorer with 26 points. Beall is averaging 19 points. Glenelg led 28-8.

C. Milton Wright got its offense in gear with an 11-point run, as Greg Stephen (14 points) got hot, scoring nine of those 11 points, including a three-point shot. Glenelg's lead was 28-19.

But Glenelg finished the half with a 12-2 run, including six more points from Beall, a 6-2 senior forward. The lead increased to 40-21.

Glenelg coach Terry Coleman thought his team lacked intensity in the second half, when it scored only 18 points.

C. Milton Wright, which started one senior, three juniors and one sophomore, pressed in the second half, forcing Glenelg into 14 turnovers. Glenelg made only six turnovers in the first half.

The Harford County squad, which lost seven of its top eight players from last season's 18-6 team, never quit and shot 8-for-16 in the fourth quarter.

Overall, C. Milton Wright shot 22-for-54 and Glenelg was 23-for-65.

Glenelg's Scott Cline, who was averaging 18.5 points, had a subpar shooting game, scoring 12 and missing several times from three-point range.

Brian Meshkin, a 6-3 junior forward for Glenelg, scored nine points and played well inside.

Brian King scored 13 points and played well inside for C. Milton Wright.

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