Beall breaks out with 27, lifts Glenelg over Centennial, 61-53

February 04, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Jason Beall's 27 points and defensive play led Glenelg to a 61-53 victory over visiting Centennial yesterday.

The win, combined with Oakland Mills' loss to Atholton, left the Gladiators (12-3, 5-2) with sole possession of first place at the halfway point of the league season.

Glenelg, Centennial (11-4, 4-3) and Oakland Mills (6-9, 4-3) had been tied for first with 4-2 league records.

Beall, who leads the county with a 21.7-point scoring average, was coming off two subpar games in which he scored 13 and 12 points. Nothing was subpar about yesterday's effort.

Glenelg led 25-24 at halftime, as Beall scored eight points. But he scored 13 in the third quarter, hitting back-to-back three-pointers, converting a three-point play off a layup and sinking two long two-pointers.

His first three-pointer tied the game at 35, and the second provided the Gladiators a lead they never relinquished. By the end of the third quarter, Glenelg led 47-40.

In the fourth quarter, Glenelg spread its offense to consume time and pull Centennial out of its zone defense into man-to-man.

"We all like to play against a man-to-man defense. Especially me," Beall said.

Beall scored six more points in the fourth quarter, and teammate Scott Cline (15 points) scored eight.

Centennial's 2-3 zone gave the Gladiators some problems in the first quarter, as they lacked the patience to break it down. Glenelg shot 3-for-13 that quarter and didn't work the ball for high-percentage shots.

As a result, Centennial led 10-6 at the end of the quarter. Only an equally dismal 4-for-16 shooting performance by Centennial prevented the Eagles from building a larger lead.

Glenelg's aggressive man-to-man defense created 20 Centennial turnovers and contained the Eagles' normally strong outside shooting game.

Glenelg shot 20-for-38 in the final three quarters, helped out by several steals that triggered layups.

Glenelg shot 6-for-7 from the foul line down the stretch. Centennial struggled at the line, converting 12 of 21 attempts.

"It's rare for us to give up 21 free throws," Glenelg coach Terry Coleman said. "But we were doing some reaching, and Centennial was aggressive taking it to the hoop."

Centennial coach Jim Hill didn't see much to be happy about in his team's performance.

"We just didn't play well," he said.

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