Oakland Mills eases past Wilde Lake

February 06, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Antoine Barnes took his game to a higher level and took Oakland Mills (7-9, 5-3) to a surprisingly easy 71-57 victory over visiting Wilde Lake yesterday.

Barnes scored 22 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had three steals, playing by far his best game of the season. His previous high was 13 points.

"Barnes was super," Oakland Mills coach Dave Appleby said. "He was definitely the difference. We expected a close game."

Oakland Mills had defeated Wilde Lake (7-8, 3-5) earlier this season, 83-82, in double overtime.

"I really wanted to win this one because Wilde Lake players said that the first time we beat them was just luck," said Barnes, a junior center.

Another Scorpion who made a big difference was Josh Tripp. The senior guard scored a season-high 10 points and held Wilde Lake's high-scoring guard, Seth Willingham (14.8 ppg), to 11. Willingham had scored 29 in the first meeting between the teams.

"This was the best we've played this season," Appleby said. "We played with intensity and enthusiasm following a tough loss to Atholton."

Oakland Mills had five players in double figures, including Michael Hill (14), George Robinson (15) and Chad Barr (10).

Oakland Mills shot 31-for-59 from the field to the Wildecats' 26-for-59.

The Scorpions opened a comfortable lead quickly, breaking a 6-6 tie with an 11-point run in the first quarter. Five Scorpions scored during the run.

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