Glenelg passes Howard, 70-57 Liberty Belle Boys

December 29, 1992|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

A little bit of teamwork accomplished a lot for Glenel yesterday.

Scott Cline and Jason Beall combined for 43 points as Glenelg used sharp passing and shooting to defeat Howard County rival Howard, 70-57, in the first round of the Liberty Belle Christmas Tournament at Liberty High School.

Glenelg (5-1) will meet Bel Air, a 61-59 winner over Liberty, in tonight's championship at 7. Liberty and Howard will play in the consolation at 3.

The Gladiators have four starting seniors in their fourth year of playing together. Cline (shooting guard), Beall (small forward), Jamie Brinker (point guard) and Jeff Lewis (center) know each other and their moves well.

Time and time again yesterday, a Glenelg player would make a pass that would hit a teammate in stride and set up an easy basket. Or, they would rotate the ball around to someone for an open outside shot.

"They look for each other really well," said Glenelg coach Terry Coleman. "They don't mind giving the ball up."

Cline led the way with 22 points. Beall added 21, Lewis 12 and Brinker ran the offense well.

The Gladiators made 12 of 18 shots in a 26-point second quarter. They hit 18 of 34 from the field in the first half and 30 of 63 overall.

Cline and Beall helped Glenelg break the game open late in the first half with a 13-4 run after Howard (2-5) had sliced the lead to 28-25. Cline made a jumper and a layup before Javier Michaux (19 points) scored on a put-back for Howard.

Cline then hit a three-pointer and Beall sank a layup for a 37-27 lead. Michaux hit two free throws, but Beall answered with two jumpers for a 41-29 lead with 1:14 left in the half. Howard never got closer than 12 again.

"We're a good passing team," said Cline. "Our motion offense was getting better as the game progressed."

Howard struggled with its offense. The Lions have plenty of speed, but they never got untracked. They turned the ball over 27 times, 25 in the first three quarters.

The Lions also never got their defense in sync. They kept getting caught behind picks and losing their man. That, combined with Glenelg's accurate passing, gave the Gladiators too many easy chances.

"Glenelg got into running their fast break," said Howard coach Kevin Broadus. "Their passing was really nice and led to easy baskets."

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