Howard pulls switch, turns on the power Defense, lineup new and improved

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

Howard used a new starting lineup and a new defensive strategy to win its boys basketball league opener against Glenelg on Friday.

During a holiday tournament, Glenelg beat the Lions by 13 points, and Howard had pressed defensively during that game. On Friday, the Lions beat the Gladiators, 69-65.

Howard switched to a matchup zone and started a three-guard lineup of Aaron Graf, Jamaal Tyler and Jevon Michaux to go with forwards Javier Michaux and Devon Montoute. Only Tyler and Javier Michaux were starters when the season began.

The three-guard alignment helps reduce turnovers and creates better scoring opportunities for Javier Michaux (26 points).

It's a young starting lineup. Only Tyler, also a football player, is a senior. But it's 2-0, and coach Kevin Broadus plans to stay with it as long as it wins.

"Our kids came ready to play and jumped out to a 7-0 lead," Broadus said. "Glenelg's press bothered us some, and they got back into it. But with three minutes left we went ahead, protected the ball well and hit our free throws to win it."

Dogfight at Atholton

Hammond coach Jack Burke called it a dogfight all the way, but, as expected, the Bears boys basketball team won its league opener over Atholton, 74-66, Friday.

Atholton led by 10 points in the first half, but Hammond's press and some fine shooting by sophomore guard Mike Matthews (23 points) and freshman forward Irving Conwell (17 points) got the Bears back in it. Jason Myatt (15 points, 16 rebounds) also played well for Hammond.

"Atholton sits in a 2-3 zone and makes you work hard for rebounds," Burke said. "We ran a good offense and made good decisions. Point guard Kelvin Stevens has quietly taken a leadership role for us."

Hammond played without star senior guard Kris Jefferson (14.5-point average) and center James Fehrman.

Stat of the week

Mount Hebron drew eight charges from Centennial in its 62-60 boys basketball win Friday.

Good start

If non-league records are any indication, then the overall level of boys basketball competition is up this year from the past two seasons.

County teams have posted a 33-27 non-league record so far, the first winning record since 1990, when Oakland Mills won the county's last state championship.

Jefferson at Salisbury

Kyle Jefferson, The Baltimore Sun's Howard County Player of the Year two years ago, is the first forward off the bench for Salisbury State.

The sophomore is averaging 8.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 17.6 minutes.

Loyola has county's number

Loyola, which fields a strong boys basketball team almost every season, has a 12-game winning streak against county squads.

Each year, the Dons play Oakland Mills, Wilde Lake and Mount Hebron, and in the past four years, Loyola hasn't lost to them.

In the 1988-89 season, however, Loyola lost to all three teams.

Top scorers

The county's top scorers in boys basketball:

1. Jason Beall, Glenelg, 20.9; 2. Javier Michaux, Howard, 20.2; 3. Michael Hill, Oakland Mills, 19.4; 4. Seth Willingham, Wilde Lake, 19.0; 5. Damian Biggs, Centennial, 18.5; 6. Deon Wingfield, Wilde Lake, 16.4. 7. Scott Cline, Glenelg, 16.0; 8. Taronn Evans, Wilde Lake, 15.9; 9. Kris Jefferson, Hammond, 14.5; 10. Phil Tonkins, Mount Hebron, 13.1; 11. Chad Barr, Oakland Mills, 13.0.

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