Hammond pays back Glenelg, 68-64, behind Jefferson's 24 points

February 11, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Hammond's go-to player, Kris Jefferson, thought there was a big difference between the Glenelg team that beat the Bears by 16 points earlier this season and the one that lost to them by four, 68-64, yesterday.

"They seemed tired and left too many holes in their defense," he said. "In the first game they stepped in front of you much quicker. I think our depth beat them."

Jefferson led the way, making eight of 14 from the floor and seven of 10 from the foul line for 24 points.

Glenelg (12-5, 5-4), a team that lacks depth but plays an up-tempo offensive style and presses on defense, has lost all four close league games it has played.

Scott Cline led Glenelg with 29 points, but he fouled out with 58 seconds left and Hammond leading 65-61.

Glenelg's Jeff Lewis (15 points) and Jefferson each made a free throw to make it 66-62. And with 14 seconds left, Lewis scored off a rebound of Jeff Curtain's missed three-point attempt, cutting Hammond's lead to two points.

Jason Beall (15 points), the league's top scorer (21.3 ppg), appeared to tie up a Hammond player on the inbounds pass underneath Glenelg's basket, but no call was made. Hammond's Cinque Crutchfield eventually was fouled and made two free throws to ice it.

"It was definitely a tie-up," Hammond coach Jack Burke said.

Hammond (9-7, 6-3), however, was clearly superior on the offensive boards and made 21 steals. Point guard Kelvin Stevens had eight steals and Mike Matthews (14 points) had six.

The Bears, who shot 27-for-67 from the floor, made nine of their 27 baskets directly off rebounds, and center James Fehrman led the team with 14 rebounds.

The Gladiators, who were 20-for-45 from the floor, shot 21-for-35 at the foul line.

Said Glenelg coach Terry Coleman: "We didn't box out and we missed too many free throws."

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