Francis Scott Key's Kreit keeps fooling them He doesn't look the part -- until he gets the basketball

January 11, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Scott Kreit wasn't born to play basketball.

There were no relatives who passed down to him the talent to play the game or insight into the sport.

It all started for the Francis Scott Key senior in the fourth grade on a farm outside of Taneytown where he lived and had a backboard and basket to practice shooting.

And it has continued through an outstanding three-year career on the Eagles varsity team.

At first glance, Kreit doesn't look like a basketball star.

He is graciously listed at 6 feet 2 but looks more like 6-0, doesn't have overwhelming quickness or leaping ability, and sometimes looks as if he were just interrupted from a nap.

But when the Key scoring leader (13 points a game) gets the ball in his hands, good things happen.

No matter who the opponent is, Kreit will take the ball straight to the basket and put on a couple of whirling moves in hopes of getting fouled or putting up a miracle-like shot that might go in.

"My main asset is my aggressiveness," said Kreit. "I try to take the ball right at them and draw a foul. That's the way my freshman team coach Richard Long taught me to play."

The Key guard/forward now is playing the team's big forward position after starting the season at point guard.

This gives him an opportunity to help the Eagles on the boards and be an inside defensive force even though he gives up five and six inches to many opposing players.

"I think Scott is more effective near the basket," said Key coach Jeff Cook. "He isn't a true point guard but I had him there earlier because we had no one else. Now John Engel is doing a decent job at the point."

Kreit can survive inside because he is one of the most tenacious players in the county.

"He is real confident, aggressive and not afraid of any team or player," said Cook. "Also, Scott sets a great example on the court. He works hard in practice, never talks back like some players no matter what I tell him to do, and he takes criticism well. I wish we had more players like him."

As a junior, Kreit averaged 15 points and led the Eagles in rebounding. The 15-point average was good enough for second in scoring in the Monocacy Valley League.

Cook isn't concerned that Kreit's scoring average has dipped to 13 this season for the 1-6 Eagles.

"I think he'll be back to 15 points a game before the season is over," said Cook. "Especially since he's playing up front now."

If Key qualifies for the Class 1A regionals and wins one game, it most likely would meet national power Dunbar in the semifinals.

No one is looking forward to that major mismatch more than Kreit.

"That would be cool," he said. "We'll just play the game and do our best. I'm sure they'll beat us but it will be nice to say we played them."

The Eagles are lacking quickness and size, with their only victory coming over North Carroll in the third game of the season.

Those deficiencies make Kreit think he should score more. Like the night two years ago when he almost single-handedly beat an undefeated Brunswick team in overtime.

"That was the biggest thrill of my career," said Kreit. "Brunswick was 11-0 and I scored nine points in over time and we won by eight."

Kreit would love to continue his basketball career at a Division III school but so far no one has expressed interest in him for basketball.

Instead, Western Maryland and Hagerstown Junior College have contacted him about playing soccer.

"I prefer basketball and hope I can get a chance to play somewhere," said Kreit.

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