Westminster gains final with 60-39 win over Key Westminster Classic

December 30, 1992|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Brad Gibson scored 14 points in the first half of the third quarter to help Westminster break open a close game and score XTC a 60-39 victory over Francis Scott Key in the opening round of the Westminster Holiday Classic last night.

Westminster (3-3) will face Linganore in tonight's final at 8 at Westminster High School. Linganore (4-3) advanced with a 60-52 victory over Aberdeen (4-3). Dave Jorgensen led Linganore with a game-high 14 points. Aberdeen meets Key in the 6 p.m. consolation match.

Gibson, a 5-11 senior guard, went scoreless in the first half. He started the second half with a three-pointer, a jumper and three more three-pointers in the first 3:53. That helped Westminster stretch its 23-17 halftime lead to 39-23.

"I'm a streak shooter," said Gibson, who finished with 18 points. "I felt it, and I just kept on shooting."

Francis Scott Key (1-4) used a 2-3 zone much of the night to try and stop the bigger Owls from forcing the ball inside, but Gibson's shooting negated that effort.

"They gave it to him," said Westminster coach Dave Byers. "No one stepped out. Whenever you get that hot, you keep putting them up, at least I would."

Overall, Westminster hit six three-pointers.

Francis Scott Key kept things close in the first half. The Eagles, led by Scott Kreit and Steve Wright (10 points apiece overall) scored the first five points of the night and led for much of the first quarter. Westminster rallied late in the quarter, however, to take an 11-7 lead after one.

The Owls, helped by Todd Dorsey (20 points) stretched the lead to 23-11 when he hit a three-pointer with 4:02 left in the half. Key then rallied, however, cutting the lead to 23-17 at the break.

Gibson's shooting then keyed a 22-point third quarter.

"I thought we played really hard," said Francis Scott Key coach Jeff Cook. "I was pleased. We just didn't have the talent they did."

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