Edgewood tops Howard, 72-64 Boys basketball

December 19, 1992|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Contributing Writer

When the final buzzer sounded, Edgewood High head coach Bob Slagle breathed a deep sigh of relief. After breezing through the first four games of the season, winning by an average of 29 points, Slagle's unbeaten Rams (5-0) met a tough test last night against host Howard. Taking advantage of a strong inside game, Edgewood turned back the pesky Lions, 72-64.

"This was our third road game this week and without a doubt our toughest," Slagle said. "We really didn't play well, but when we had to step up, our players did. At least they played well enough to win."

Junior power forward Kenton Worthington paced the Rams with 21 points while 6-foot-3 senior center Maurice Edison dominated the backboards with 14 rebounds.

For Howard head coach Kevin Brodus, the Lions' ability to shake off a lopsided first quarter and make a fourth-quarter run at Edgewood provided a moral victory. After having lost by 31 points to Westminster two nights earlier, the Lions (2-2) refused to let Edgewood's fast, slam-dunking start unnerve them.

"Without question, we played our best game of the season tonight," Brodus said.

"We're down 10-0 right off the bat and yet have a chance to tie late in the fourth quarter."

Howard battled back from a 14-point deficit in the first half with senior point guard Chris Thatch's 12-foot jumper closing the halftime gap to 40-33.

"Give Howard credit because they kept coming at us," Slagle said.

Not making Brodus' job easier was the loss of senior center Jeremy Milam, who fouled out with 5:07 remaining in the third quarter. Edgewood capitalized on Milam's absence by working the ball inside to Worthington for easy layups to build a 55-45 lead.

But Howard began a parade to the foul line to finish the third quarter, converting seven of nine free throws to cut the Rams lead to 55-54.

Trailing 66-61, Howard pulled to within two with 1:55 remaining. Lions senior forward Dwight Case Powered inside for a layup, was fouled and converted the free throw.

Edgewood freshman guard Thedrick Tapp made two free throws, Worthington added a layup and Edison's steal of Mike Brown's lob pass --ed Howard's last-minute hopes.

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