Thomas Johnson center out-muscles Westminster Boys basketball

January 27, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

This one might have been over the day Phil Williams moved to Frederick and enrolled at Thomas Johnson High three years ago.

Williams, 6 feet 8, 265 pounds, was just too much of an intimidator for the much smaller Westminster Owls to overcome last night in a Central Maryland Conference basketball game at Thomas Johnson.

The final score -- Thomas Johnson 87, Westminster 70 -- was no surprise.

Williams, who has been given a full basketball scholarship to Penn State, not only took up a lot of space, but he also prompted the slender Owls' big man, 6-7 Russell DeMont, to foul out with less than two minutes gone in the third quarter.

Williams also prevented Westminster's leading scorer, Todd Dorsey, from being much of a factor in the game. Dorsey couldn't penetrate the lane against Williams and had to pull up mostly for outside jumpers.

The massive Thomas Johnson center, who came to Frederick from Korea when his mother was transferred by the Army, also found time to score 15 points and grab 16 rebounds.

Dorsey, like DeMont, was in foul trouble early, collecting his third with 7:45 left in the second quarter and being forced to the sidelines.

PD Dorsey left the game with Westminster trailing 18-11, and by the

time he returned with 1:27 left in the first half, the Owls were trailing 36-19.

The rest of the game was mostly a TJ show, as Williams continued to do his thing. All Owls coach Dave Byers could do was stand by helplessly on the sidelines.

Jamaal West led the Patriots with 22 points.

Thomas Johnson (13-1 overall, 6-0 in the league) used a variety of trapping defenses in the first half to add to the frustration Westminster (7-6, 3-2) was already facing in Williams.

The Owls turned the ball over often against the well-orchestrated press.

"Thomas Johnson's defense hurt us more than anything," said ** Byers. "They played excellent defense the whole game. Also, we just couldn't do anything with Williams in the middle. We decided to take the ball right to him and hoped to get a little help from the men in striped shirts. But we didn't get any."

The Owls were called for 32 fouls, compared with 20 for Thomas Johnson.

DeMont, Dorsey, Matt Brightful, Jamie Grocki and Matt Brown fouled out for Westminster.

Thomas Johnson was 37-for-48 from the line, and Westminster was 9-for-16.

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