Howard uses umbrella to deflect Arundel Parker scores 27 in 94-92 victory

February 10, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

The scoreboard malfunctioned in the opening minutes, leaving fans in the dark about the score and time at Howard Community College yesterday. But the men's basketball play more than made up for it.

Howard Community College, led by Brian Parker's 27 points, used its rebounding superiority and a press to build a 23-point second-half lead.

Anne Arundel Community College used a press and its three-point shooting ability to nearly erase that lead, cutting the deficit to 93-92 with 40 seconds left to play.

But HCC (21-5, 19-1), Maryland JuCo League leader, held on for a 94-92 victory when the Pioneers' Steve Strauss (21 points) missed a three-pointer in heavy traffic with three seconds left.

HCC, which will have the No. 1 seed when the Maryland JuCo tournament begins a week from Friday, threw up an umbrella defense around the three-point line.

"There was no way they were going to beat us with a three-pointer," Howard coach Wheeler Brown said.

Anne Arundel (16-8, 15-7), which had given Howard its only league loss in an earlier 90-88 contest, hit 13 three-pointers, including nine in the second half.

Howard's press forced AACC into 10 first-half turnovers and HCC led at halftime, 49-41.

HCC continued to build on its lead until it reached 71-54. That's when AACC coach Rick Bloom was called for a technical foul.

"We were falling asleep out there and my tech was a wake-up call to the team," said Bloom, who put on a red sweater at halftime trying to change his team's luck.

AACC didn't wake up immediately. HCC built its lead to 83-60 before AACC's full-court press and three-pointers took over the game.

The Pioneers outscored HCC 32-11 the rest of the way.

Strauss, as he was falling down from a foul, hit a three-pointer with 40 seconds left, and then made a free throw to cut the lead to 93-92.

HCC missed a one-and-one with 34 seconds left and AACC's Gene Pleyo (30 points) missed a three-pointer with 20 seconds left.

HCC's Rick Avent made one free throw with 14 seconds left to make it 94-92.

And HCC's defense prevented AACC from getting a good final shot to preserve the victory.

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