Loch Raven tops Overlea, 58-51

February 03, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Overlea turned on the heat early in the fourth quarter. Loch Raven, however, answered by catching fire.

Loch Raven, sparked by Dane Elterman, hit eight of its last 10 shots and rallied for a 58-51 victory over visiting Overlea in a Baltimore County 2A-1A League game yesterday.

Loch Raven (10-5, 9-2) led most of the game, but Overlea (10-4, 8-3) took a 40-39 lead on a layup by Gerald Palmer (team-high 13 points) with 7:03 left in the game. Loch Raven then hit five of six on a 12-2 run that gave it control.

Elterman scored eight of his game-high 14 in the fourth quarter. He was 4-for-4 from the field in the Raiders' second victory over Overlea this season.

"We just tried to keep our composure," Elterman said. "We just played together."

Elterman said the team dedicated the game to the memory of Keith Holmes, a junior varsity player last year, who died last Friday in a car accident.

Overlea played well at times but hurt itself with mistakes. The Falcons turned the ball over only 12 times, but those came in bunches.

Loch Raven used its height and tough defense to give Overlea trouble on offense. Forwards Elterman (6 feet 3) and Josh Mitchell (6-6, 10 points) and center Mike McGreevy (6-10, 11 points) made life difficult in the paint for Overlea.

The Raiders used a 1-3-1 zone that collapsed on whomever came inside. Overlea wound up using lots of time trying to find a good shot. That, in turn, slowed the game's pace.

Loch Raven also used patience on offense. The Raiders tried to punch the ball inside to the front line, and if that didn't work, sent it back to Mike Vogel (11 points), who hit several key shots from the wing.

"Their strength is quickness," said Loch Raven coach Gary Horn. "We couldn't let them create turnovers.

Loch Raven kept Overlea quiet in the first half. The Raiders led by as many as 12 and limited the often-high-scoring Falcons to 18 points in the half, leading 27-18 at the break.

Palmer, the area's 12th-leading scorer with a 19.3 average (just ahead of Mitchell at 19.2), picked up three fouls in the first five minutes, sat out the rest of the half and went scoreless. He caught fire in the second half, scoring all 13 points in the last 13 minutes.

Bernard Fitchette added 12 for Overlea, and Igwe Blount scored nine.

Overlea did find some good shots in close, but missed several. The Falcons could not make up for their inconsistency.

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