Men's team due for addition after new year's attrition

January 28, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Anne Arundel Community College's men's basketball team won its fifth straight game Saturday -- minus the drama that accompanied its previous victory.

The Pioneers defeated host Catonsville, 84-72, on Saturday behind 36 points from forward Steve Strauss and a triple-double from guard Gene Slocum (22 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists).

Slocum scored five points in the last seven seconds to rally Anne Arundel past Montgomery-Rockville, 93-91, last Thursday.

The Pioneers are 14-7 overall and 13-6 in the Maryland JuCo League. Last night's game against Montgomery-Takoma Park was canceled and will not be made up.

Anne Arundel could receive a boost soon with the addition of at least one player who had been lost to the team because of grades. CoachRick Bloom confirmed that the roster would increase from seven players. "It's just not official yet," he said.

Bloom would not say who was expected to return. He lost seven players after first-semester grades were released Jan. 11.

As the only reserve on a six-member team, sophomore swingman Jason Clarke saw his minutes increase from about three a game to 10. Bloom later added freshman forward Clifton Jackson, but Clarke still is the first player off the bench.

"He's been very important to us," Bloom said of Clarke, a Broadneck graduate. "His level of intensity is unmatched on the team."

Anne Arundel plays host to Montgomery-Germantown at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Pioneers' game at Howard, originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, was moved to Feb. 9.

Women's basketball

Anne Arundel's women defeated Hagerstown, 65-56, Saturday. Point guard Tammy Brown scored 42 points, two short of her season high. She had 30 points in the first half and is averaging 28 points, five assists, five rebounds and four steals.

Forward Lindee Sisk added 13 points for Anne Arundel.

Coach Tom Smith still is waiting to hear if his team has been awarded a forfeit victory over Cecil on Monday. If so, the Pioneers would have been 10-3 overall and 8-2 in the Maryland JuCo League before yesterday's Harford game, having won six straight.

The final scores have been in Anne Arundel's favor lately, but not the numbers on the bench. At full strength, the Pioneers carry just eight players, and guard Cindy Whipple doesn't make many of the games because of her job.

Anne Arundel may be down to six players for tomorrow's 3 p.m. homegame against Prince George's. The team can't afford to get into foul trouble, as it did against Hagerstown, when forward Ann Heiser and center Tiffany Clayton fouled out.

"Fortunately, [Vickie] Goss and [Lisa] Purkins did a good job off the bench. They played about half the game," Smith said.

While Brown grabs most of the attention for her superb passing and shooting skills, Clayton ranks third in Region XX at 13 rebounds a game. She also is averaging eight points, but Smith said that's because she doesn't get many shots.

"I wanted her to score a little more, but we haven't gotten her the ball as much as we need to," he said. "If she's going to average in double figures, she's got to take more shots.

"Tammy shoots the most, then Lindee and Ann. Tiffany is fourth, and [guard Kim] Smith takes the least amount of shots."

Whatever the formula, the Pioneers are winning.

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