They went out of their way to lose Lost, Chesapeake then loses to St. John's of D.C.

SIDELINES

December 18, 1992|By PAT O'MALLEY

It's been said that a tourist is a person who travels long distances to get a snapshot of himself standing by his Studebaker, but Chesapeake's Tom Kraning wouldn't let anybody take a shot of him in front of the team bus Wednesday night.

Kraning and his Cougar boys basketball team traveled about 500 miles out of their way only to get smoked upon reaching their destination.

"I'm not one to cry on your shoulder, but we had a game at St. John's in D.C. tonight [Wednesday] and the athletic director over there gave me faulty directions," lamented Kraning after his Cougars (2-1) had been beaten, 91-52.

"We got there late and they didn't want to give us any warm-up time and we had to get right out there and play. All the things you hear about playing on the road, all the wild stories, came true tonight."

Kraning said it was "like fathers playing their sons," although his guys managed to stay in the game for a while.

"They have a 6-foot-10 player from Liberia, a 6-9 guy from Yugoslavia plus a 6-5 player, some strange names on their roster, and we only have one 6-5 player with the rest about 6-feet tall or shorter," said Kraning.

"But with a minute and a half to go in the first period, we were only down by 12 and on the move. They had too much size and put us away after that."

Chesapeake trailed 25-12 at the end of the first, but by halftime it was a 21-point deficit and just got worse.

"They pounded us inside and when we tried to do something about it, they would just kick it out and hit the three-pointer," said Kraning. "But they only had one dunk and with their size, I guess they should have had more."

Kraning got an outstanding performance from 6-2 senior Kenny Findley, who scored a game-high 31 points. Findley has averaged 24.3 points, scoring 73 points in the first three games.

"Kenny scored at random and had at least five points every quarter," said Kraning.

The Cougars were a disappointing 9-13 a year ago, but Kraning likes the makeup of this team and is excited about the play of Findley.

Chesapeake opened with a 52-43 victory over St. Mary's and traveled to Mount St. Joseph to nip the Baltimore Catholic League Gaels, 46-45, on a 10-foot jumper by Jerry Scheff with four seconds left. Then, came Wednesday, but Kraning says he would do it again.

"We saw how the other half lives and I told them [St. John's] we would be happy to come back," said Kraning. "It used to be that way with St. Joe, but we have beaten them the last two years."

* After watching 6-3 junior Larry Brown score 12 points, pull down seven boards and come up with three steals in a 75-51 romp by Annapolis (2-0) over St. Joe (3-3) Wednesday night, do you agree Brown is one of the most improved players in the county and by midseason could be quite a force under the basket?

* Is Meade's 5-10 senior guard Derek Barrett one of the top and most entertaining players in the county?

I watched him Tuesday night in Meade's heart-stopping 75-74 victory over Southern and he can play.

Barrett hit the final bucket of the first half, a spinning 360-degree jumper that left the Mustangs fans jammin'.

And the guy can play defense, too. Barrett shackled Southern's Chatney Howard, who was averaging 27.3 points coming in, holding Howard to just two in the first half and 13 for the game.

* Also, how about the way Meade's 5-9 junior Tyrone "Sticks" Jones jumps and the overall inside play and soft touch of 6-1 Danny Sancomb? And coach Butch Young was worried about this team?

* While Northeast coach Johnny Barbour says that 5-10 senior guard Ed Nalley, who transferred from Glen Burnie this fall, fits in really well on the basketball team, won't this outstanding left-hander fit in even better in the Eagles' pitching rotation with Chris Kelly and Wayne Hudson come springtime?

* Didn't county coaches John Brady of Annapolis, Ken Kazmarek of the Broadneck boys, Bruce Springer for Broadneck girls and county resident Webb Johnson, who coaches Park School in Baltimore, provide excellent instruction and tips for scores of local youth coaches at a county Recreation and Parks Coaches Clinic at Broadneck last weekend?

Isn't it also admirable that those high school coaches didn't receive a penny for giving their time and knowledge to better youth hoops?

After turning around a downtrodden program and restoring respect in two short seasons (14-10 and playoffs last year after a 5-17 season), isn't it a tough break for Annapolis that coach Teresa Ross will be leaving after this season and moving to Kansas?

Ross, who is the daughter of San Diego Chargers coach and former Maryland coach Bobby Ross, is getting married to a gentleman who is a member of the University of Kansas faculty.

The outstanding young coach, who also contributed to the Panthers' girls cross country team making the state meet for the first time in several years, will depart with mixed emotions.

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