Fired-up Fallston tops C. Milton Wright Boys basketball

January 23, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Fallston had one choice last night -- beat visiting C. Milton Wright or be faced with another "inspirational" practice early this morning.

Fallston (7-6, 4-2) moved into a tie for second place in the Harford County League with Wright (5-7, 4-2) on the strength of a 61-48 victory. This was due largely to superior rebounding, sparked by intensity.

Those two factors helped result in a 61-59 loss to Bel Air on Wednesday night, a game in which the Cougars did not rebound or shoot well, especially from the foul line.

"We were 9-for-24 at Bel Air, so yesterday [Thursday] we shot freethrows in practice," Fallston coach Robin Hood said. "Nick Johnson missed the front end of four one-and-ones vs. Bel Air and shot 100, and the rest of them about 90, and that was in between running.

"Let's say it was inspirational, but the players knew they'd be in the gym Saturday morning if we lost."

Against Wright, Fallston made 14 of 22 from the foul line, including nine of 11 by Johnson.

Fallston led, 10-8, going into the second quarter, and the lead was 22-18 with less than three minutes left in the half. From there, 6-foot-6Rob Myers, one of only two Fallston seniors, keyed a late spurt with two free throws and a tip-in and it was 28-18 at the break.

For the quarter, Wright made only three of 15 shots but the visitors improved in the second half. When Shawn Crouch connected from inside, and Fallston had a turnover, the Mustangs were within 50-44, and had the ball.

Nothing came of that trip down the floor, however, and Fallston made sure of its triumph with two baskets and two free throws for a 56-45 margin with two minutes left.

Dave Adams, a 6-4 junior forward, dominated the rebounding at both ends of the floor and topped Fallston with 21 points.

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