Arundel slips by S. River, 64-62 Boys basketball

January 20, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Arundel coach Gerald Moore isn't used to playing the role of the favorite. Not that he relishes being the underdog, but wins and Wildcats haven't exactly been synonymous in his four-year tenure as head coach.

But times are changing. Yesterday, Arundel's boys basketball team made yet another statement, this time in the form of a 64-62 victory over visiting South River.

"We want respect, but we're going to have to go out and take it," said Moore, whose team earned the respect of fourth-ranked Annapolis after defeating the Panthers last week, 76-74. "People keep telling them how good they are, so I remind them that if they start believing what other people say, they'll never grow."

The Wildcats' growth was nearly stunted by a 5-for-24 performance from the foul line, but a 24-point effort from sophomore guard Kevin Higgins gave Arundel hope.

Higgins' biggest contribution came when his team needed it most: in the fourth quarter. A fade-away jumper with 3:36 left put the Wildcats up 51-50 and a driving jumper down the lane with 1:22 drew a foul and enabled Arundel to take a 64-60 lead after the completion of the three-point play.

The Seahawks (5-6, 1-3) had possession under their own basket trailing by two with four seconds remaining. But, Darren Hall's six-footer from the baseline rolled off the rim and into the hands of Rich Abrams, who hugged the ball until time expired.

Abrams, who entered the game averaging 17.1 points and 17.2 rebounds, was held to four points and 14 rebounds.

Picking up the slack for the 6-foot-5 center were Jeff Hedrick and Sean Soyors, who scored eight and six points, respectively.

The Seahawks won the race down the floor in the first quarter and gladly accepted the uncontested layups at the finish line.

Even when the Wildcats managed to get back on defense, South River beat them to the lanes for the easy layup.

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