DeMont, Westminster breeze by Howard, 74-43 Boys basketball

December 17, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Westminster junior center Russell DeMont scored a career-high 28 points and keyed a strong defensive effort to lead the Owls past visiting Howard, 74-43, last night.

Howard (2-2) was looking to make it three in a row against Carroll County opponents this season, but West- Boys basketball

minster wouldn't hear of it.

The Owls (2-2) took a quick 8-0 lead and never looked back, having little problems with the Howard press and playing some scrappy defense.

"I thought the defensive effort was definitely the key tonight," said Westminster coach Dave Byers.

"It created a lot of turnovers and fast-break points. We also did a real nice job of handling their pressure."

After coming away with relatively easy wins against South Carroll and Liberty to open the season 2-0, Howard ran into a buzz-saw against Westminster.

"The two key things were concentration and execution and we just didn't do those things tonight," said first-year coach Kevin Brodus. "Our kids were still hustling, but our full-court press just wasn't effective."

The 6-foot-7 DeMont got off to a fast start with eight points in the first quarter -- including one of his two monstrous dunks -- to help give the Owls a 20-10 lead.

They extended the lead to 37-24 at the half and pulled away midway through the third. With the score 43-26, DeMont connected on a back-door, inbound play and was fouled. He missed the free throw, but hit a jumper from the foul line after Brad Gibson grabbed the rebound and kicked it back out.

That pretty much told the story for DeMont and the Owls. "It was an excellent all-around effort from everyone," Byers said.

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