Loch Raven wakes up, tops Overlea, 67-64

January 16, 1993|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Contributing Writer

Loch Raven slept through most of the first quarter, but the Raiders heard the alarm clock just in time, and the result was a 67-64 victory over Overlea in a Baltimore County 2A-1A game.

Dave Eltermann led the Raiders (6-4, 5-1) with 24 points, and Josh Mitchell added 21 points. Jaymar Kent led the Falcons (6-3, 4-2) with 19.

Loch Raven coach Gary Horn gambled, using his second timeout only 4:18 into the game, and his gamble payed off. The Raiders rallied to outscore the Falcons 37-13 the rest of the half en route to the win.

"There aren't many teams we play who are that quick," said Horn, "I took the risk and called the second timeout, and told them not to dribble as much. We practiced against six players to prepare for their quickness, and it paid off."

The Falcons controlled the game at the beginning, using six points by Shante Dukes and five by Gerald Palmer to take the 15-4 lead. Then Horn called the timeout and the alarm went off.

Loch Raven came out a new team after the timeout. A Mike McGreevy dunk on the first possession seemed to ignite the team, and the Raiders zone defense forced numerous Overlea turnovers. Loch Raven outscored Overlea 16-5 the rest of the quarter to tie the game at 20.

It was more of the same after in the second quarter, as Mitchell scored six points and Lee Sorvalis added four more off of steals as Loch Raven ran its lead to 41-28.

The Falcons clawed back into the game, finally cutting the lead to 67-64 with two seconds left, but Bernard Fitchette's shot from mid-court sailed to the right of the basket.

"I've been here three years and this is the first time we've beaten them," said Mitchell. "We practiced real hard for this game and the coach told us it was our height against their speed. Once we calmed down, we did all right."

"They overwhelmed us on the boards," said Overlea coach Tom Gere. "They banged on us inside and I thought the officiating was questionable. We didn't quit down the stretch, and that was good."

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