Wilde Lake sails past Newport Preparatory, 88-44 Wildecats focus on Centennial

January 13, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Minus star player Chris Moore, Newport Preparatory never had a chance last night against host Wilde Lake, losing, 88-44.

Moore, a sophomore who was averaging 20.0 points and 20.0 rebounds, was academically ineligible.

His brother, Tony, a freshman recruit at Duke this season, led Newport to an overtime upset of Wilde Lake two years ago in his junior season.

"Chris would have made all the difference tonight," Newport's first-year coach, Paul Grenaldo, said. "We don't have much rebounding without him, and we have no bench because our school is so small."

Newport (1-6) has a student body of just 65, and half of that number is female.

"We're struggling, but this was our worst defeat," Grenaldo said. "We're playing mostly sophomores and juniors."

Wilde Lake coach Paul Ellis substituted liberally, resting his starters for tonight's crucial game against Centennial, and trying to forget Friday's double-overtime loss to Oakland Mills.

Star Wildecat forward Deon Wingfield, averaging 16.4 points and 12.5 rebounds, didn't even suit up. He's nursing a sore ankle.

"We sat Deon out as a precaution," assistant Wilde Lake coach Jerry Keith said. "But he'll be ready for" tonight's game.

The game started sluggishly, and Newport worked to a 7-6 advantage on Rod Ward's three-pointer and four free throws before Wilde Lake (4-4 overall, 0-1 league) mounted a 17-0 run that put the game out of reach.

Wilde Lake's poor first-quarter shooting (4-for-15) is all that kept it close.

But the Wildecats' shooting heated up over the final three quarters.

Wilde Lake shot 33-for-53 during that stretch.

Taronn Evans, a regular starter, led the Wildecats with 17 points.

Seth Willingham (11 points) and Ramone Myers (10 points), two other regular starters, sat out the entire fourth quarter.

Junior center Sule Carpenter (10 points) looked impressive off the bench, as did Judson Prevost (seven points), and Chariner DeVillasee (six points).

Terrence Butler chipped in with nine points, and John Sherr scored 10 for Wilde Lake.

Brian Johnson led Newport with 17 points.

The visitors shot 14-for-42 from the field.

Wilde Lake outshot Newport by a 3-2 ratio due to its superior rebounding.

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