Southern-AA douses hot-streaking Meade

January 13, 1993|By Pat Overton | Pat Overton,Contributing Writer

Southern-Anne Arundel County avenged last week's loss to Meade by defeating the No. 18 Mustangs, 60-58, last night in Anne Arundel County boys basketball.

Visiting Meade (8-1) came into the contest with more than just basketball on its mind. Head coach Butch Young had to be admitted to North Arundel Hospital yesterday afternoon after complaining of headaches and dizziness during the day, according to assistant coach James Meade.

The game was tied at 58 with just under 30 seconds left to play when Bulldog Kevin Mason tipped in a missed shot to put the Bulldogs up 60-58. Meade got two chances to score in the final 20 seconds, but shots by Danny Sancomb and Derek Barrett fell short.

Tom Albright's charges didn't have any problem scoring points, but he said that his team's defense was the key to the win.

"Defense will carry you a long way when your offense isn't clicking," said Albright, whose team improved to 6-3. "If you are hustling, doing things right, you can count on defense to win the game for you every night and that's the type of game we had."

The gymnasium at Southern was probably the only place you could find a track meet last night. Both teams would have to be considered undersized, but the respective coaches have compensated by fielding two of the fastest teams in the county.

Speed was evident throughout the first half, as both teams practically abandoned the half-court game, choosing to run constantly.

Meade took the first big lead of the quarter scoring eight unanswered points during one stretch to go up 12-6. The Bulldogs answered with eight straight points of their own to go up by two, but Meade came back to get eight straight points again with the quarter finally ending with the Mustangs ahead 20-16.

Meade built its lead to 10 midway through the second quarter on a 9-2 run, but the Bulldogs kept coming back. Southern cut the lead to five at 36-31 before halftime.

The Southern defense made itself known in the third quarter by holding the Mustangs to just 10 points.

The Bulldogs did not play great offense in the third, but they played well enough to get within one at 46-45 going into the final quarter.

Bulldog Chatney Howard had been the go-to man for Southern most of the night, and he put his team ahead with a three-pointer 30 seconds into the period.

His shot was followed by a two from Adrian Turner.

Meade came back with six straight points to go up by two, but Howard tied things again with 3:53 remaining.

Meade got baskets from Hasaan Hamilton and Sancomb to regain the lead.

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