Annapolis Area Christian rolls, 80-38 Center Raspa's 27 points spark blowout of Key School

February 05, 1993|By Tom Worgo | Tom Worgo,Contributing Writer

The high point of the season for Annapolis Area Christian School coach Scott Gilman may have come when his star player, 6-foot-2, 200-pound center Greg Raspa, returned to the lineup last month after missing three games with a bruised kneecap.

And after yesterday's performance by Raspa, Key School coach Dave Wilkerson must've wished his team could have played the Eagles when the junior was out.

Raspa put on a clinic, scoring 27 points and grabbing Boys basketball

14 rebounds in 19 minutes, leading AACS (9-6) to a 80-38 rout over host Key (6-6) in a non-league game.

AACS had nine players in the scoring column and shot 50 percent (34-for-68). Key shot just 22 percent (11-for-50) and was out-rebounded, 58-32.

"Against strong teams, our kids don't have the confidence without him," Gilman said of Raspa, who averages 23.6 points and 12.9 rebounds. AACS went 2-1 in Raspa's absence, playing an easier stretch of its schedule. "If he's out, we are very mediocre, and we are going to struggle."

Key was the team that struggled, going scoreless in the third quarter (0-for-7) and committing 11 turnovers. Key's sloppy quarter put the game out of reach.

The Eagles opened with 14-4 run in the first four minutes and Raspa, who scored 10 points in the quarter, had eight during that stretch. After Eric Leshinsky's three-pointer, AACS closed the quarter with six straight points to go ahead 23-9. AACS's Rob Covington added nine points in the quarter.

Key started the second quarter by failing to score on its first nine possessions, missing seven consecutive shots and making three turnovers. This allowed the Eagles to extend their lead to 31-9, as Key went scoreless for the first 4:30. AACS led 33-15 at halftime.

"I expected a rough game," said Wilkerson, whose team of 17 players has 10 freshmen, including two in the starting lineup. "We always have a tough time with them. Winning is not everything this year."

AACS boosted it lead to 41 points after three quarters as the Eagles outscored Key 23-0 in the quarter. In the fourth quarter, AACS put in its second unit, and that's when Key finally began to play consistently, scoring 20 points in the final six minutes.

The Eagles had three others in double figures: Peter Best (14), Kevin Moldenhauer (11) and Covington (11).

Leshinsky paced Key with 11 points and John Ciferni contributed 10.

Wilkerson views next week with optimism because Key plays better on the road, where it will compete in the St. Peter and Paul tournament.

"I expect us to do well next week," Wilkerson said. "I think we play better [on the road], and we seem to really want the game."

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