Chesapeake edges Spalding, 51-48 Boys basketball

December 23, 1992|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Jerry Scheff went from being almost invisible to the key reason his team won last night against Archbishop Spalding.

And it happened so quickly, as it usually does when he takes control.

Scheff scored Chesapeake's last eight points and made a crucial steal with four seconds left to rally the Cougars past the visiting Cavaliers, 51-48, in a non-league game.

Scheff's baseline jumper reduced Spalding's lead to 48-45 with 1:08 remaining, and his three-pointer tied the score with 45 seconds left.

And that wasn't all.

The 6-foot senior made a free throw with 17 seconds remaining to move the Cougars in front 49-48. His steal and two free throws closed the scoring, and any chances the Cavaliers (3-4) had of winning.

"I don't usually feel too much pressure," he said.

On his tying three-pointer, he said, "I really didn't think too much about it. I saw the shot and took it."

Chesapeake coach Tom Kraning, whose team is 3-1 heading into next week's Bob Pascal Tournament at Severna Park, was looking for someone to emerge in what had been a sloppy game.

Scheff, who had two points before making his run, happened to be that player -- just as he was earlier this season in a 46-45 victory over Mount St. Joseph, when he hit three three-pointers in the third quarter and made a key basket with four seconds left.

"He stepped up [last night], and we're trying to get him to do that for four quarters," Kraning said.

Cougars senior Ken Findley led all scorers with 21 points. Spalding's Rich Reilly had 16 points, four rebounds and seven blocks. Teammate Brian Mohr finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.

Spalding led by 10 points (40-30) on two Doug Little free throws early in the fourth quarter. It was 48-41 with 1:47 left when the Cougars' Zach Barbour made a jumper, Scheff came to life and Spalding coach Lee Dove began having flashbacks.

"That three-pointer that tied it up has been a nemesis of ours," he said. "Every game that we get ahead and it's close down the stretch, it seems like there's always a key three that comes along. And once we get that three in our face, the hands drop and you can see the emotion drain."

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