Boys basketball race becomes a free-for-all

January 20, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

The county boys basketball race couldn't be much closer. Five teams -- Centennial, Mount Hebron, Hammond, Glenelg and Hammond -- are tied for first place with 2-1 records.

Surprisingly, with 1-2 marks, preseason favorite Wilde Lake and five-time defending county champion Oakland Mills are not among those five.

There have been three overtime games already, and Wilde Lake, Oakland Mills and Centennial all have been involved in two of them. Centennial won both of its overtime games; Wilde Lake split; Oakland Mills lost both.

In addition, Mount Hebron beat Centennial with a buzzer-beating shot. And Wilde Lake overcame a 16-point deficit to beat Howard by four points.

It's the kind of season that's great for spectators but hard on coaches.

Scheduling quirks

Could you blame boys and girls basketball coaches at Howard and Hammond for wondering who made this season's schedule?

The Lions play six of their next seven games on the road, including the next four. Hammond plays five of its first six league games on the road.

Wounded Eagles

Centennial's boys won their 53-50 overtime game at Oakland Mills, despite a mounting injury list.

Seann Jones, who had produced some excellent scoring numbers recently, was forced to leave that game in the third quarter with a sprained ankle. Coach Jim Hill said Jones probably will play in tonight's game against Hammond.

Point guard Mark James is playing with a bad back, but Hill also expects him to play tonight.

And Mark Lee, whose inspired second-half play was crucial to Centennial's win, was hampered by leg cramps late in the fourth quarter against Oakland Mills. He, too, is expected to play.

Where are they now?

Hamisi Amani-Dove (Wilde Lake), The Baltimore Sun's Howard County soccer Co-Player of the Year in 1991, had an impressive freshman season for Rutgers. Now he is playing for the United States under-20 team on tour in England and Portugal.

Amani-Dove trained in Mexico from Dec. 28 to Jan. 11, when the team was pared from 30 to 18 members. The team will participate in the World Championships March 5-20 in Australia.

* Clint Peay (Oakland Mills), University of Virginia soccer star who was voted to the coaches All-America team this season, was injured at that same training camp.

Peay tore a knee ligament during the first half-hour of the training camp. He was The Baltimore Sun's Howard County Co-Player of the Year in 1990.

The sophomore played defense for the two-time defending national champion, which has a combined two-year record of 40-3-3.

* Mark Terry (Oakland Mills), The Baltimore Sun's basketball Player of the Year for last season, said he is enrolling at the Community College of Baltimore for next semester.

* Coleman Scott (Oakland Mills), who was The Baltimore Sun's Howard County Basketball Player of the Year for 1989, is playing center for Coppin State. He's averaging 6.2 points and 5.6 rebounds while playing 23.4 minutes per game.

Scott's high game is 12 points.

The Howard County Youth Program will not be sponsoring an 18-and-under American Legion baseball team this season.

Last year, HCYP's 16-and-under and 14-and-under traveling squads, called the Dayton Raiders, played in the Baltimore Metro League.

HCYP's 18-and-under Dayton Raiders team will play in that league this season, joining the Columbia Reds, another county-based squad.

HCYP also has passed a new rule that prohibits coaches of their 18-and-under and 16-and-under teams from coaching the team if their sons play on it.

Top scorers

The county's top scorers in boys basketball are:

1. Jason Beall, Glenelg, 22.3; 2. Javier Michaux, Howard, 19.9; 3. Damian Biggs, Centennial, 18.3; 4. Michael Hill, Oakland Mills, 17.7; 5. Scott Cline, Glenelg, 16.8; 6. Seth Willingham, Wilde Lake, 16.6; 7. Deon Wingfield, Wilde Lake, 16.5; 8. Taronn Evans, Wilde Lake, 15.4; 9. Kris Jefferson, Hammond, 13.0; 10. Phil Tonkins, Mount Hebron, 12.4; 11. Kurtis Jestes, Mount Hebron, 12.2; 12. (tie) Brian Benden, Atholton, and Chad Barr, Oakland Mills, 12.0.

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