Robinson shoots down Oakland Mills Watkins Mill star hits 34 in 67-55 win

December 29, 1992|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

The Oakland Mills basketball team used multiple defenses t try to stop Watkins Mill's star, Corey Robinson.

Scorpions coach Dave Appleby put Rick Alverado on Robinson in the first half, and then combined Alverado with Michael Tann to try to slow him down in the second.

The tactic didn't work, though, as Robinson scored 34 points to lead the Wolverines to a 67-55 victory in the first game of the WFMD/Frederick County Physical Education Teachers Holiday Invitational yesterday at Frederick County's Thomas Johnson High.

Robinson, a 6-foot-2 senior bound for Old Dominion on a full scholarship, scored 19 points in the first half, as Watkins Mill led nearly from start to finish. He was 5-for-8 from three-point range.

Oakland Mills will play in tonight's 6 o'clock consolation game against Walkersville, which lost last night's second contest, 70-57, to Thomas Johnson. Watkins Mill will play Thomas Johnson in the championship game at 8 p.m.

"We tried to put our best defensive player on him in the first half, but that didn't work," Appleby said. "In the second half, we tried to double-team him, but we weren't rebounding when their other guys shot. He makes you adjust and that's what great players do."

Oakland Mills (2-5), coming off a two-game winning streak, was led in scoring by sophomore forward Michael Hill with 13 points, and seniors Alverado and Chad Barr scored 12 apiece.

Watkins Mill (6-0), The Washington Post's 16th-ranked team, jumped to 5-0 and 8-2 leads, but the Scorpions responded with a six-point run, tying the game on Alverado's 15-foot jumper. That's the closest Oakland Mills would come, however.

Robinson responded with two consecutive three-pointers and the Wolverines led, 16-12, after one period.

"Our kids did a good job, but when we scored to get it to six points, they got it back to 10 or 11," Appleby said. "We couldn't sustain our play."

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