2 big runs extend Oakland Mills' hex over Hammond, 60-55

January 30, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

The two Howard County basketball teams with the best league records over the past five seasons squared off at Oakland Mills last night.

And the result was familiar. Five-time defending county champion Oakland Mills (6-8, 4-2) beat the Hammond Bears (5-7, 3-3) for the ninth straight time, thanks to a 13-2 run at the end of the game.

The final score was 60-55, but with 1:35 to play, it was tied at 55.And with 3:20 left Hammond led 53-47.

Hammond allowed the Oakland Mills Scorpions a 12-2 run in the first half and trailed 31-21 at halftime. Oakland Mills' Michael Hill (16 points) scored eight points in the first quarter.

Weak first-half shooting (10-for-26) due to a strong man-for-man Oakland Mills defense kept the Bears down. The Scorpions, meanwhile, shot 15-for-26 in the first half.

But the Bears, a strong second-half team all season, hit the boards and played better defense in the third quarter to rally.

Trailing 41-29, Hammond went on a 13-2 run featuring two driving layups by Kris Jefferson (13 points).

Jefferson's three-point shot tied it, 45-45, with 5:24 left in the game.

Jefferson's driving shot off the glass gave the Bears a 53-47 lead with 3:20 left.

That's when Chad Barr took control for Oakland Mills.

Barr, who scored a game-high 23 points, 10 above his season average, got nine of those in the final 3:20. He had 11 for the fourth quarter.

"Coach told me I was going to be open in the corner all night, and I was," Barr said.

Oakland Mills beat Hammond's 3-2 zone by passing to the zone's weakness -- the corners. And Barr did the rest.

Barr's two free throws with 1:35 to play tied it, 55-55.

After Hammond missed two open shots, Barr made a three-point basket for a 58-55 Oakland Mills lead.

Hammond missed the front end of a one-and-one and was tied up on the rebound. The possession arrow favored Oakland Mills.

Hill made two free throws with 24 seconds left for the game's final points.

Point guard George Robinson (eight points) of Oakland Mills blocked a shot by Jefferson with 10 seconds left.

"We're getting better each night," said Oakland Mills coach Dave Appleby.

"We did not play smart at critical times," Hammond coach Jack Burke said.

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