Glenelg runs over Hammond

January 14, 1993|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

A keynote for Glenelg's boys basketball team this season is an uptempo style of play.

Take yesterday's 75-59 victory over visiting Hammond. For three-quarters of the game, Glenelg employed a full-court press and ran the Golden Bears silly, as forward Jason Beall and guards Scott Cline and Jamie Brinker scored, forced steals and created plays with slick ball-handling and passing.

Ahead from start to finish, the Gladiators were paced in points by seniors Beall (24), Cline (17), Brinker (11) and junior forward Brian Meshkin (11). Senior forward Jason Myatt finished high for Hammond (14).

Glenelg (8-2, 1-1 in Howard County play) led 22-12 at the first quarter's end, 39-22 at halftime and 55-38 after three periods. Hammond (3-5, 1-1) used its own press to slice the margin to eight points in the fourth period, but came no closer.

"I would hope the way we played today is the way we play the remainder of our games," Glenelg coach Terry Coleman said. "Anybody that we play, if we dictate the tempo, it increases our chances of winning."

With Cline and Brinker harassing the Golden Bears' offense, and Beall scoring 15 points alone in the first period, Glenelg jumped to an early lead.

Hammond guard Kelvin Stevens' basket created a 27-18 game 6:08 before halftime. Then, during a four-minute scoreless period for the Golden Bears, Glenelg crafted an 8-0 run. Brinker's basket provided the Gladiators with a 35-18 lead.

In the first half, Beall hit three of four three-point shots. The Gladiators attempted seven three-pointers in all, after finishing 5-for-34 in a county-opening, 69-65 loss to Howard.

"We do a lot of doubling on defense," Brinker said. "A lot of times, it seems we're just everywhere. It's a hectic, helter-skelter style of play."

Glenelg stretched the lead to 21 points in the third quarter, when the 6-3 Meshkin began asserting himself inside. His positioning resulted in a layup and two free throws for a 51-30 Gladiators lead.

Hammond then constructed its comeback. Senior guard Kris Jefferson, the team's leading scorer who was off a one-game suspenion, double-pumped on the baseline and scored to create a 59-48 game. Hammond's James McKenney responded with a free throw, but Jefferson converted three straight foul shots, trimming the lead to 60-51.

Toby Anderson's two free throws pulled the Golden Bears to 63-55 with 3:29 left.

Anderson attributed the team's loss to a "breakdown in us running. We broke down as a team, but on any given night we can beat them."

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