Meade outlegs Glen Burnie, 70-63

February 10, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

A decision by Meade boys basketball coach Butch Young on Monday night might have won last night's big Class 4A Region IV battle at 15th-ranked Glen Burnie.

"The kids responded very well [Monday] and we only practiced an hour and 15 minutes," said Young, savoring Meade's 70-63 victory over the Gophers.

No question the move saved the legs of his 17th-ranked Mustangs (15-2) for the expected race from buzzer to buzzer with Terry Bogle's stable of 14, which was minus one last night.

Glen Burnie's 6-foot-6 senior center/forward Jamal Forbes, who is averaging 12.5 points and 6.6 rebounds, missed last night's game with the flu.

His absence hurt the Gophers (14-3), but Meade and 6-foot senior swing man Danny Sancomb were not to be denied.

"We needed this one bad," said Sancomb, who was all over the floor -- sometimes lying on it -- going after loose balls in scoring 22 points, grabbing six rebounds and making three steals.

"I think we have the best starting five in the county and tonight our bench came through for us," he said.

There was no argument from Young, who cited the play of senior reserves Wayne Ward and Paul Turner, and junior subs Dennis Jenks and Teddy Brent as instrumental in outlasting Glen Burnie's Red Unit -- the Gophers' second five that buys time for the starters' legs.

"We knew we would be in trouble if our guys off the bench didn't play well," said Young, who improved his career record to 393-199.

"After practice, we spent about 20 minutes talking about Glen Burnie's bench and how ours would have to come through if we were going to bounce back. They did."

The Mustangs defeated the Gophers for a second time, but this one was for keeps. Glen Burnie lost earlier at Meade's Christmas tournament, 66-60, but that doesn't count toward the playoffs.

Going down the stretch in 4A Region IV, Meade and Glen Burnie are jockeying for the first and second seeds.

The teams have pulled away from the pack with seventh-ranked Annapolis (11-5) the closest, and Meade last night took a giant step toward clinching the top seed and home-court advantage in the region play offs.

With just five games left in the regular season, Meade plays host to Glen Burnie in the finale on Feb. 25. Winning on the Gophers' court was big.

"It sure was because this whole league is unbelievable," said Young.

Meade had a seven-point lead on two occasions in the first period before Glen Burnie closed the gap to 17-15 on a three-pointer by Rocky Newton.

There were three ties in the second period.

Jenks, a 5-foot-7 guard, hit the back end of two free throws with 16 seconds to go and after stealing the ball on the other end, went the distance for a layup at the buzzer to give Meade a 34-31 lead at the half.

Senior point guard Derek Barrett, who had a game-high 26 points, put on a clinic to start the second half and went on a personal 10-2 run to build Meade's lead to 44-33 with 4:12 left in the third quarter.

The Gophers staged a run of their own with leading scorer Vernon Osborne (19 points, 10 rebounds) getting four of 12 unanswered points to give the hosts the lead at 45-44.

Barrett, Sancomb and Tyrone Jones took over the final period, as the Mustangs outscored the Gophers 25-19. The trio scored 22 of the final 25 points.

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