Edgewood's new frontcourt combo knows the score Rams winning with addition of two transfers

January 03, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

The ability of players to adapt to new surroundings quickly is one reason Edgewood High won its first six boys basketball games.

The Rams' winning streak ended last week, however, when they lost to Laurel and Glen Burnie in the Meade tournament. They resume Harford County League play Tuesday at North Harford.

The strength of the team is up front, where three players have dominated the scoring and rebounding -- and two of them were not in the Edgewood school system last year.

Maurice Edison is a bulky senior at 6 feet 3, 215 pounds, who was with his family at Fort Campbell, Ky., a year ago. A transfer to Aberdeen Proving Ground and an ensuing question about living quarters meant it was early in the school year before Edison knew whether he'd be going to school at Aberdeen or Edgewood.

Alfred McAllister, a sliver of a junior at 6-2, 155, showed up after visiting an aunt and uncle who live in the community. He had lived with them in Baton Rouge, La., but the couple had moved north a couple of years ago. McAllister remained in Louisiana, but while visiting, decided to rejoin his relatives.

The third member of the front line is holdover starter Kenton Worthington, a 6-2 junior who averaged 11.0 points and 5.0 rebounds as a sophomore.

McAllister is averaging 16.0 points and 7.0 rebounds; Worthington, 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds; and Edison, 12.0 points and 10.0 rebounds. Additionally, McAllister, playing outside, has averaged nearly four assists.

"We're interested in team offense and team defense," Worthington said after the Rams had polished off Havre de Grace in the county opener for both teams, 84-37.

He had had a subpar scoring effort (four points), but shrugged it off. "You can have a bad game on offense, but you should never have one on defense.

"That's what's nice about having these two," he said, nodding at McAllister and Edison. "One of us can have a bad game, and the other two will pick it up. Maurice, though, he's pretty steady on the boards. Besides, there's a lot of help. We've got the 'Posse' coming off the bench."

Against Havre de Grace, the three combined for 36 points. The other starters (Thedrick Tapp, 16, and Jamie Coons, three) had 19, and seven reserves totaled 29, led by Dwayne Winder with 12.

It was that way through six regular-season games, with the Rams outscoring opponents by an average of 25 points.

The new players have blended in well. "The two players themselves -- they are so well-schooled fundamentally and they love the game so much -- it wasn't that difficult," coach Bob Slagle said.

"It's the nature of the two. They were willing to adapt, to take advantage of the situation. Besides, we run a pretty simple system, and they work and play hard."

Worthington might have had two more baskets against Havre de Grace, but uncontested dunk attempts failed to go down.

"When you miss, that's a lack of concentration. If you're hustling and aggressive, and get back on defense OK, it's not too bad," he said. "If you let it get you, come back with your head down, coach will take you out."

The players would rather go against a man-to-man defense because of their individual skills, but Edison said they have seen mostly zones.

"Other teams will pack it in, and I'll wind up with three players on me, but that leaves the outside open," he said.

While the two newcomers had to adapt to a new system, Worthington had to adapt to a new position.

"Originally, I was looking forward to playing outside like last year, where you handle the ball and shoot the 'J,' " he said. "Personally, I'd rather play on top, but overall, I'd rather help the team."

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