Aberdeen gets better of Bel Air in 67-51 win Boys basketball

January 27, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

A hustling Bel Air team (6-7, 4-3) came unglued against an aggressive pressure defense by Aberdeen (10-4, 6-1) in a 60-second span of the fourth quarter, paving the way for what became a 67-51 Harford County League victory at Bel Air last night.

Despite more turnovers and a stunning series of missed layups, Bel Air was still within 50-44 with 5:34 left in the game. In the next minute, however, Aberdeen's pressure defense took the home team out of it.

P. J. Smith took the ball away from Victor Smith under the Bel Air basket and scored; a turnover led to Thomas Williams' getting fouled on a breakaway and he made both shots; and he added the exclamation point with a steal and a jam.

Although Aberdeen had better quickness and was a more physical team, Bel Air hung in there with the visitors, as there were seven ties and nine lead changes. The last one came on a free throw by Ray Primas that broke a tie at 35 with 2:30 left in the third quarter.

"We normally shoot more free throws than our opponents, but not tonight [last night]," said Bel Air coach Bill Georg, pointing to a score book that showed his team making 12 of 19, compared with 26 of 37 for Aberdeen.

"Just ahead of that late burst we had, Maurice Guy hit two big jumpers for us," Aberdeen coach Ron Petrey said. "We tried to get things going earlier, but it took us awhile. Bel Air did a good job."

The home team was hurt, however, with a long field-goal drought in the fourth quarter, making one in the first minute and not getting another until a three-pointer by Smith at the two-minute mark.

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