Fallston ends Aberdeen's Harford streak, 62-59

January 16, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Mark Torba's two free throws with four seconds left clinched a stunning 62-59 victory for Fallston over defending Harford County champion Aberdeen last night, but the seed for the triumph may have been planted earlier in the week.

Edgewood, favored by many to win the league title this season, thwarted a strong Fallston effort Tuesday on the road, 66-58, but it gave the Cougars some confidence.

Last night's loss ended a streak of county wins for Aberdeen (7-4, 3-1) going back to early in the 1990-91 season. The win was the first for Fallston (6-5, 2-2) over Aberdeen since a 1987 regional final.

Using a combination defense which featured Kernan Kelly, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, out front in a zone, and the off-guard dropping back to help, Fallston kept the visiting Eagles' offense off balance.

Still, even though building seven-point leads on three occasions in the second half, Fallston could not put Aberdeen away until the end.

The last time was at 58-51 with 2:40 left, but two baskets chopped the margin to 58-55. A missed layup and a forced three-point shot that was off the mark set the stage for the home team to go up by five on a Nick Johnson follow at 1:12.

Aberdeen was not done. Calvin McMullen made two foul shots seven seconds later, and after two scoreless possessions each way, McMullen scored from underneath after P. J. Smith had missed a three-point attempt.

"We played well at Edgewood, and I knew if we played with some intensity, we could beat Aberdeen," Fallston coach Robin Hood said. "When we dropped a man back to front one of their forwards, it created problems for them getting the ball into the middle, where they like it."

The result was poor shot selection inside and forced three-point shots.

Fallston also showed some pressure defense and an effective trap while beating an Aberdeen press with outlet passes and long passes for layups.

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