Old Mill turns away Glen Burnie, 67-52

February 13, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

The first time Old Mill and Glen Burnie faced each other this season, the Patriots took an eight-point lead into the fourth quarter and lost.

They played it safer in last night's rematch, leading by 21 points after three quarters. Another Glen Burnie rally ensued, but not another Old Mill loss.

The 15th-ranked Gophers crept within 11 midway through the last quarter, but the visiting Patriots weathered the storm and won, 67-52, in an Anne Arundel County Friendship Division game.

Glen Burnie made four three-pointers during a span of 3:36 to bring back memories of last month's 62-60 win. But Old Mill senior Troy Green scored twice in the lane to shift the momentum in his team's favor.

"What we had been doing in too many games was playing not to lose, rather than trying to win," said Old Mill coach Paul Bunting, whose squad has won three straight and four of its past five to remain in the playoff picture.

The Patriots won their first 4A Region IV championship last year.

Green was one of four Patriots (8-7, 3-3) in double figures, with 15 points.

Andrew Lewis added 14 -- all in the first half -- Steve Smith had 13 and Todd Singleton had 10. Smith was 11-for-13 from the line.

In all, nine Patriots scored.

"I've been accused by kids in the past who have graduated of not allowing anybody to be a star," Bunting said.

"If that's the case, it's only because I want everybody to be involved. Teams that rely heavily on one or two people are easier to stop."

Glen Burnie's Vernon Osborne scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, including a four-point play with 5:44 left that made it 51-34. In the first meeting, he saved 17 of his 21 points for the last quarter, but that was the only similarity.

"We had said to ourselves before the game that we know they did it last time, so go ahead and try to take it from here," Green said. "It was in the back of our minds, but that made us prevent it from happening. They cut it down to 11, but it was like, 'No, we're not letting it happen this time.' "

Bunting called a timeout when the lead shrank to 17, but it wasn't the Patriots' defense that concerned him.

"On offense, we were one-pass shooting," he said. "In four possessions, we got a score, two turnovers and a missed shot. That all happened in about a minute and five seconds. That can't be good.

"I told them we're not trying to delay, but we can't make one pass and the guy walks or has it stolen. We need to move the ball. And they did that two or three plays later, and Troy got an easy score."

Old Mill took control early, with Lewis scoring his team's first six points. Glen Burnie (14-4, 4-2) cut the lead to 14-13 early in the second quarter, but Lewis hit back-to-back three-pointers, Green made a steal and dunk and sank a free throw, and Lewis scored again from the outside.

Two free throws by Glen Burnie's Bill Dykhuis were countered by a layup from Green, a baseline jumper from Izzy Deschaine and a free throw by Singleton.

After Smith made two free throws with 16 seconds left, Old Mill had a 33-17 halftime lead, and Glen Burnie never fully recovered.

The Gophers, who received 14 points from William Brown, scored 26 points in the fourth quarter to double their game total. But they missed many free throws in the waning minutes. The Patriots were 24-for-35 from the line.

When asked where his team was sitting in the playoff picture, Bunting held his hands a few inches apart and said, "In a crack about that big.

"There's some light shining through, but not a whole lot. We needed this opens the crack a little wider."

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