Exam break lets teams slow down

January 27, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

County athletic teams could not practice or play games Monday, yesterday or today, so that students could have more )) time to study for exams.

The policy raised the ire of a few coaches, but not Glenelg's Terry Coleman or Hammond's Jack Burke. Their boys basketball teams will benefit from the time off.

Glenelg (10-3 overall, 3-2 league) plays an up-tempo style and needs a rest because of the team's lack of depth.

"We're leg-weary," Coleman said before Friday's 69-67 overtime loss at Oakland Mills.

Coleman attributed the loss to missed layups and subpar foul shooting (10-for-19). Tired legs could contribute to both.

Normally, free throws are a big plus for Glenelg. The Gladiators shoot slightly better than 60 percent from the line.

"We don't get called for many fouls because we're not aggressive on the offensive boards and don't reach defensively," Coleman said.

Scott Cline almost had a perfect shooting night against Oakland Mills, making all eight shots from the field in regulation time for 25 points.

He also had six steals and five assists in a banner all-around effort.

But Jason Beall, fifth-leading scorer in the metro area at 22.1 points per game, was held to 13 points.

Beall uncharacteristically missed two layups, shot two air balls and went 0-for-3 from three-point range. He was guarded man-to-man by Chad Barr.

Glenelg shot 27-for-56 (48 percent) from the field -- well enough to win most games.

But Oakland Mills shot a little better, 31-for-56 (55 percent).

Oakland Mills' Michael Hill scored 27, grabbed 12 rebounds and took control of the game in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Hill's two free throws tied the game with six seconds left in regulation, wiping out a seven-point Glenelg lead.

And his two free throws -- with 16 seconds left in overtime -- were game-winners.

Oakland Mills made 27 turnovers but out-rebounded Glenelg, getting 13 off the offensive boards.

Glenelg is in the middle of a tough stretch, playing six of seven games on the road, including four straight. It is 2-1 so far in that stretch.

"I'm anxious to see what happens this Friday night [against Mount Hebron]," Coleman said. "I'm looking for real defensive intensity."

Mount Hebron, despite three straight league losses, is still one of the best defensive teams in the league.

The Vikings lost to Howard by three points Friday but allowed just 48 points and held Howard's top scoring threat, Javier Michaux, to five points, his lowest total of the year.

Wilde Lake hurting

Hammond coach Jack Burke called the three-day break a good time for his squad to heal. The Bears were defeated by Wilde Lake on Friday, 53-51.

They also may have lost point guard Kelvin Stevens, who has been the glue for Hammond (5-6 overall, 3-2 league). Stevens ran into the gym wall and cracked his knee.

"We don't know yet if it's serious, but his knee was swollen on Saturday," Burke said.

In that same game, guard Kris Jefferson dislocated his shoulder twice. Jefferson still scored 15 points.

Wilde Lake beat the Bears off the boards.

"Every time we'd start to make a run, they'd crash the glass and get two or three shots," Burke said.

It was a game of blocked shots. Claude Moore had nine for Hammond.

"There must have been 20 blocks during the game," Burke said.

The Wilde Lake gym has been the scene of a number of close games, especially between Hammond and Wilde Lake. No more than three points have decided the last four games between the two teams there.

On Friday, Hammond led 51-50 with 12 seconds to play, but Stevens missed a one-and-one.

Jason Myatt rebounded for Hammond and appeared to be fouled but was called for a three-second violation.

Wilde Lake's Seth Willingham dribbled the ball off his knee, but when Hammond's Mike Matthews tried to recover it, the ball went off him out of bounds.

Deon Wingfield made a three-point play off Wilde Lake's inbounds with seven seconds left.

Cinque Crutchfield hit a 30-footer for Hammond, but time had been called just before the shot.

Matthews missed a 10-footer with two seconds left.

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