Poor grades cut 7 from men's team

January 14, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

The winning streak has ended, but Anne Arundel Community College men's basketball coach Rick Bloom has bigger concerns.

He has to rebuild his team.

The Pioneers have lost seven players, including starting forward Ron Hubbard, because of grades. AACC notebook

Hubbard is one of three Pioneers who could rejoin the team after the mini-semester on Jan. 22. The others, including center Rich Riffle, who had broken his leg before grades disqualified him, are lost for the season.

Bloom currently has six players available, and he's looking to add some bodies before Saturday's home game against Frederick. He'll look to players who either didn't try out for the team, or who were cut, in hopes of improving his depth in the frontcourt.

"This is just one of those situations as a coach where there aren't a whole lot of choices," said Bloom, whose team was 9-7 overall going into yesterday's game at Harford Community College. Anne Arundel had a five-game winning streak ended by Dundalk, 89-79, Monday.

"We'll make do with what we have to work with. I still think we'll be competitive."

Northeast graduate Steve Strauss continues to lead the Pioneers in scoring at just over 17 points a game. Two other backcourt players, Gene Pleyo (Northeast) and Gene Slocum (Annapolis), are averaging more than 15 points.

Women's basketball

Bloom's team isn't the only one at Anne Arundel CC that took on a new look this week. The Pioneer women went up against Harford Monday without leading scorer Tammy Brown, who was ejected from Saturday's 68-67 loss to Allegany and sat out her team's next game under a disciplinary suspension.

Anne Arundel was leading undefeated and No. 6 Allegany, 65-62, with 1:36 left when Brown committed her fifth foul, and drew two technicals. The Pioneers were unable to hold on, killing their hopes of a major upset.

The losing streak reached two games when Harford was able to build on a 29-27 halftime lead and defeated the Pioneers, 61-46. Forward Ann Heiser (Severna Park) led Anne Arundel with 16 points, and guard Kim Smith (Southern) added 12, including three three-pointers. Forward Lindee Sisk (Southern) scored 11 points, and center Tiffany Clayton (Arundel) had six.

Brown was back in the lineup Tuesday, when Anne Arundel pounded Catonsville, 85-64. She had 30 points and eight assists, as the Pioneers improved to 5-3. Heiser and Sisk had 24 and 18 points, respectively.

In the Harford game, the Pioneers continued to struggle from the line, going 9-for-24. They were 1-for-14 in a 65-51 win over Essex last week.

The Pioneers travel to Dundalk Community College tomorrow.

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