Mount Hebron tries to cover its losses Boys play tournament host without a pair of starters

December 28, 1992|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Mount Hebron is the host of its first holiday boys basketbal tournament starting tomorrow, and the Vikings must enter it with mixed emotions.

They'll face Pikesville at 7:30 p.m. in the Mount Hebron Holiday Tournament without two players who began the season as starters.

Gone are sure-handed freshman point guard Dan Shick and senior guard Masai Demus.

Shick, who started the first four games as the Vikings went 3-1, told coach Scott Robinson he had been playing since he was 5 years old and was burned out from the sport.

Mount Hebron (4-2) couldn't handle a half-court trap the next outing after Shick quit, losing a 13-point lead and the game to Severn.

Demus was next to go, quitting after he was benched for disciplinary reasons during a victory over Linganore last week. Demus started last season, averaging eight points and setting a school record with 86 steals.

Despite the absence of those two players, Mount Hebron was impressive against Linganore last Tuesday when Mark Jensen and Lester Dorsey stepped up in a 51-48 victory.

Jensen hit four three-point shots and scored 14 points, and Dorsey scored nine points and had some crucial rebounds.

Phil Tonkins, 6-foot-4 senior center, is the team's scoring and rebounding leader. Kurtis Jestes, Faisel Khan and Eric Walthall all started against Linganore.

Mount Hebron is giving up only 52 points per game.

South Carroll plays Archbishop Curley at 6 p.m. tomorrow in the first game. The Cavaliers have beat Atholton by 18 points this season but lost to Hammond by 26 and to Howard by 34.

Curley, which plays in the rugged Catholic League, is 3-3 and expected to give Mount Hebron a battle for the tournament championship.

The Curley nucleus is 6-2 sophomore forward Dwight Byrd, 5-9 junior guard John Salter, 5-9 senior point guard Byron Wise and 6-2 forward Mark McNicholas.

This will be Mount Hebron's final tuneup before its Jan. 8 game with Centennial, one of the preseason favorites to win the county title.

The Central Maryland Tournament at Atholton, beginning tomorrow, features boys and girls divisions.

The Raider boys (3-3) have already surpassed last season's win total of two games by beating Bel Air, Liberty and South Carroll.

Sophomore D. J. Chiles might be Atholton's best player. The 6-2 forward is quick and can score, as he showed with his recent 18-point effort against South Carroll.

Atholton's opening game is at 8 p.m. against Magruder. Sherwood plays Frederick at 4 p.m.

In girls play, Damascus plays Francis Scott Key at 2 p.m. and Atholton meets Quince Orchard at 6 p.m.

Six other county boys teams are involved in holiday tournaments.

Glenelg faces Howard in the opening round of the Liberty Belle Holiday Tournament at 3 p.m. today.Liberty plays Bel Air at 7 p.m.

Centennial plays Fallston at 4 p.m. tomorrow in the first round of the North Carroll Holiday Tournament. Franklin plays North Carroll at 8 p.m.

Hammond faces Broadneck at 6:15 p.m. today in the Wes Unseld Holiday Basketball Tournament at Catonsville Community College. Other matchups are Loyola-Forest Park at 8 p.m., Woodlawn-Randallstown at 4:45 and Edmondson-St. Joe at Wilde Lake plays Great Mills tomorrow at 5:30 in the Southern-AA Holiday Tournament.

And Oakland Mills plays at 7:30 tonight against Thomas Johnson in the opening round of the Thomas Johnson Holiday Tournament.

In girls action, Mount Hebron plays today at 2 p.m. vs. Thomas Jefferson in the Warhawk Winter Classic at Madison (Va.) High School.

Howard's girls play today at 1 p.m. against Magruder in the Liberty Belle Tournament at Liberty High.

Centennial's girls play Fallston at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the North Carroll Holiday Tournament.

And Hammond, which lost its opening-round game Saturday to Old Mill, plays Linganore today at 2 p.m. in the IAABO Tournament.

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