Aberdeen earns 71-65 victory Mistakes costly for Edgewood Boys basketball

January 21, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Aberdeen ran away from visiting Edgewood with a 19-2 run during a nine-minute stretch of the first half, then thwarted a belated rally for a 71-65 Harford County League triumph last night.

"It was too much Aberdeen," Edgewood coach Bob Slagle said. "They did the fundamentals, and protected the ball better. We made too many careless mistakes.

"I think Aberdeen got a wake-up call last Friday [when it lost to Fallston], so I hope this is one for us."

Aberdeen coach Ron Petrey explained that his team played harder than it had against Fallston, but this was a different kind of game, too.

"Edgewood plays the same style we do," he said. "It always seems this game is a series of runs. We got ours early, but we knew they'd be back."

Down 37-23 at the half -- equaling its second-lowest first half of the season -- Edgewood (9-3) hit three straight shots in the first minute of the third period, and it was basically a six- to 10-point game the rest of the way.

Especially in the second half, just when Edgewood seemed to get a run going, it would self-destruct with a turnover. On two occasions it missed three put-back shots in a row underneath and two another time.

Aberdeen (8-4), facing its toughest test of playing with a lead -- "We told the kids to go after it as though they were only one possession ahead," Petrey said -- held up well with good guard play from Maurice Guy (seven assists, five steals) and P. J. Smith (four assists, five steals).

Thomas Williams, one of only two players back from last year's 21-3 regional finalist, was an inside leader with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Two of his baskets came off offensive rebounds, restoring eight-point leads, and a rebound off a missed Edgewood foul shot led to two successful Aberdeen free throws -- all in the last four minutes.

Aberdeen's early 19-point spree saw five players contribute points, and by halftime Smith had 13 of his game-high 21.

Edgewood had four scorers in double figures, led by reserve Dwayne Winder, who played most of the second half, replacing guard Thedrick Tapp rather than one of the forwards he usually replaces. Winder had 14, followed by Maurice Edison with 13.

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