Doyle's 45 too much for Wilde Lake Boys basketball

December 18, 1992|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Mike Doyle's 45 points led unbeaten Pallotti to a 71-66 victory over Wilde Lake last night.

Doyle also had 12 rebounds, six assists, one steal and one blocked shot. And he was 14-for-17 at the foul line, hitting seven free throws in the final 57 seconds.

The 45 points was the most ever scored in a game at Wilde Lake, topping the 43 scored by Montgomery Blair's Brian Magid in 1976.

The most points ever scored in a county game was 51 by Mount Hebron's Barry Young in 1986.

"It's the best game I've ever had," said Doyle, who was averaging 20 points per game for the 4-0 Panthers. "We knew they would be tough to rebound against, so we played a shell offense to draw them out away from the boards. I do my best in that kind of offense."

Doyle, a strong one-on-one player with good moves to the basket, hit two three-point shots in the opening minutes and that drew Wilde Lake's defense out, giving him room to go one-on-one.

"Hitting those three-point shots was a key for me for the rest of the game," said the 6-foot-4 Doyle, a senior who lives in the Atholton school district.

The game was close most of the way, although Pallotti pulled ahead 47-35 midway through the third period.

Wilde Lake (1-2) rallied with a 12-4 run to pull within 51-47 early in the fourth quarter.

Wilde Lake's Seth Willingham (19 points), who guarded Doyle for much of the second half, converted a three-point play with 5:15 left in the game to cut Pallotti's lead to 55-54.

But Doyle scored 12 points in the final four minutes to stave off Wilde Lake's comeback attempt.

Willingham hit a three-point shot with 46 seconds left that cut the Laurel County team's lead to 65-63. But Doyle hit two free throws and the Wildecats had to keep fouling Doyle down the stretch.

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