South River falls to Southern-AA Jones' 27 points lift Bulldogs, 77-66

December 19, 1992|By Pat Overton | Pat Overton,Contributing Writer

South River kept things close for most of the game but a strong third-quarter surge by visiting Southern left the homestanding Seahawks on the losing end of a 77-66 score in Anne Arundel County boys basketball last night.

The turning point of the game came in the third quarter with the Bulldogs (4-1) leading 37-30 with 5:30 remaining. Seahawks center Darren Hall drove the lane, hit a layup and got a foul. Hall hit the foul shot to bring his team within four.

After Bulldog center Terrell Jones scored to take the lead back to six, Hall converted another three-point play and Robert Randall followed with a three-pointer of his own to tie the score at 39. Hall hit two free throws off an intentional foul and Randall hit a basket to put the Seahawks ahead 43-39.

After a timeout called by Southern, the Bulldogs came out and scored 12 unanswered points to take a 51-43 lead and South River never threatened again.

"All I did was change the defense we were in and tell the kids its time to go," said Bulldog coach Thomas Albright. "We lost to Meade because we didn't pick it up in time. Tonight we got things going sooner and that allowed us to win it. We know coming in that South River is going to play us tough and I think we made too many mistakes, but a win is a win."

Southern was helped immensely by the play of Jones. The forward had 12 points in the third quarter and led the Bulldogs with 27 points on the night. When Southern needed points, he was the go-to man although he does not expect to play that role all season.

"We have a lot of guys on this team that can play," said Jones. "I just happened to be the one who got the points tonight. This is a big win for us after losing to South River twice last year."

During the first half, both teams shot poorly and committed a number of turnovers in the opening minutes. Southern led 12-11 after one quarter and kept a one-point lead at halftime.

Hall kept the game close for South River (3-2) finishing as the game's leading scorer with 32 points. Randall also made it to double figures for the Seahawks with 18 on the night and going over 1,000 career points.

Southern's Chatney Howard and Corey Contee were in double figures, 17 and 10 points respectively.

South River coach Ken Dunn was happy with his players individual efforts but attributed the loss to a lack of team play.

"I think Southern played a better team game than we did," said Dunn. "We were trying to do things tonight that we were incapable of doing and that got us out of sync. We need to play together better defensively and offensively and the only way we can do that is to stay within the frame work of our system."

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