Southern triumphs, 83-71

January 06, 1993|By Pat Overton | Pat Overton,Contributing Writer

Glen Burnie came into Southern of Harwood last night hoping to exploit the Bulldogs' lack of height. Although the tactic was successful at times, the Bulldogs' quickness won out, 83-71, in Anne Arundel County boys basketball.

The Bulldogs (5-3) scored the first 15 points, and Glen Burnie LTC (5-2) didn't score until there was 2 minutes, 51 seconds remaining. The Bulldogs finished the quarter with a 23-10 lead.

It looked to be more of the same in the second quarter, especially when Southern's Chatney Howard stole the ball from Shawn Mahaney and soared in for a thunderous dunk that thrilled the Southern faithful. The jam put the Bulldogs up 28-12, but it would be the last high moment they would see for a while.

The Gophers scored 19 unanswered points, including seven from Jamal Forbes, to take a 31-28 lead.

Forbes had nine at the half, and Glen Burnie had a 34-33 lead.

Even after his team took a big lead, Bulldogs coach Tom Albright knew that his team had a tough game ahead, and the play of the Gophers in the second quarter proved him right.

"I told my assistant coaches and players to forget the first quarter, that we still had three quarters of basketball to play," said Albright. "It's nice to get a lead like that, but I've seen too many basketball games to think we were in good shape after one quarter."

Both teams came out about even early in the second half, exchanging baskets for the first three minutes.

Glen Burnie was still successfully getting the ball inside to its big men, Forbes and Scott Ledbetter. Mahaney hit a three-pointer for the Gophers with 4:30 left in the third for a 45-39 lead, but that was when the Bulldogs got their game going.

Southern's 18-4 run closed out the quarter for a 57-49 lead. The Bulldogs got 10 points from Corey Contee in the run, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer. The Bulldogs never trailed again, outscoring the Gopers 26-22 in the fourth quarter.

"We came out slow and we had a bad run in the third quarter," said Glen Burnie coach Terry Bogle. "If not for those stretches of time, it would have been a completely different ballgame. But we did see some bright spots tonight. We had some kids come off the bench tonight and give us some quality minutes. This is going to be a nice little ballclub."

Howard led all scorers with 28 points, and teammates Corey Contee and Terrell Jones had 22 and 12, respectively.

The Gopers were led by Forbes, who finished with 21, and double-figure scorers included Ledbetter with 14 and Mahaney with 12.

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