Meade stands tall late in game, defeats Laurel, 64-60, in final Mustangs Invitational

December 31, 1992|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

For an inexperienced team with little height, unranked Meade showed the poise and stature of a team twice its size last night, as it beat Laurel, 64-60, in the championship of the 15th Mustangs Invitational Christmas Tournament.

Behind senior guard Derek Barrett's 21 points and six assists, the Mustangs held off visiting Laurel.

After falling behind 52-51 with 2:37 remaining, the Mustangs regained the lead at the foul line on a pair of free throws by Barrett.

A steal and ensuing layup by Dennis Jenks put Meade ahead 55-52, and a foul put Jenks at the line to complete the three-point play with under a minute left. Jenks' free-throw attempt hit the front of the rim but was rebounded by Tyrone Jones (16 points), who laid it in to put the hosts in front by five.

Laurel's Lavor Colclough (22 points) and Justin Washington cut the lead back to one with short jumpers, only to have Meade answer with a Tommy Stevens layup and a Danny Sancomb follow.

The Mustangs, who advanced by defeating previously unbeaten Glen Burnie, 66-60, in the first round, hit five of six free throws early in the first quarter and to jump out to a 13-2 lead.

The Spartans, trailing 13-6 after the first quarter, applied full-courtpressure at the start the second period and narrowed the margin. Damien Pitts' three-pointer with 2:58 left in the half tied the score at 21. Barrett answered for the Mustangs by hitting both ends of a one-and-one.

Barrett dazzled the crowd in the first half with his stylish dribbling and no-look passes and hit the shots he had to to give Meade a 28-25 halftime advantage.

The Mustangs built a 34-28 lead with 5:52 left in the third quarter following a pair of back-door passes from Tommy Stevens to Barrett and Danny Sancomb.

Laurel, which moved into the championship round by overwhelming Edgewood, 62-47, managed to match Meade basket for basket in the waning minutes of the third but found itself trailing 42-39 with one quarter remaining.

In consolation-round action, Glen Burnie (5-1) took a 34-23 halftime lead and held on to defeat Edgewood, 65-50.

Senior center Jamal Forbes led the way for the Gophers with 13 points and Vernon Osborne added nine.

Junior Alfred McAllister scored a game-high 18 points in a losing cause for the Rams (6-2).

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