Meade downs Arundel for fifth in row, 84-52

January 30, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Despite the proximity of the two high schools, Gerald Moore said he doesn't believe a true rivalry exists between Arundel and Meade.

At least not on the basketball court.

"Meade is our next-door neighbor, but they're not our rival," said Moore, third-year coach of the Wildcats. "It's hard to establish a rivalry when a team beats you every year. It's been so long, I can't remember the last time we beat them."

Perhaps last night's 84-52 loss to the host Mustangs jarred Moore's memory. It definitely made for a long trip back to Gambrills.

No. 17 Meade (13-1) controlled the offensive boards and created opportunities on defense en route to its fifth straight victory since dropping a 60-58 decision to Southern.

"We played a little sloppy in the first half, but I thought we really played well in the second half," said Meade coach Butch Young. "I thought we played very well together. We gave each other the ball, and our shot selection was real good."

Senior Derek Barrett turned in a complete game for Meade, scoring a game-high 34 points and collecting nine rebounds, eight steals and seven assists. A 5-foot-10 guard, he scored 16 of his points in the fourth quarter, when the less-than-capacity crowd started heading for the exits.

Those who stayed until the final buzzer got to see one of county's premier guards.

"Derek got into a nice groove in the second half and especially the fourth quarter," said Young. "In the first half, he thought people were falling back into the passing lanes on him, and he may have been forcing some passes little bit, so I told him to take the short jumper or take it to the basket, and he certainly had a good second half."

Arundel (10-5) kept its composure for most of the first half and trailed by only 35-30 at the break.

Meade resumed its control of the offensive boards and loose balls in the third quarter and took a 45-35 lead with 5:43 left on a breakaway layup by Barrett. Junior center Haasan Hamilton and forward Tyrone Jones led the Mustangs with 10 and nine rebounds, respectively, and limited Arundel center Richard Abrams to eight points and nine rebounds.

The Wildcats, who were led by forwards Sean Soyars (15) and Mike Fairbanks (11), fell apart midway through the third quarter and never could make another serious run.

"We wanted to pick our places to run against this team, and I think we did," said Young.

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