South River edges Southern, 69-68 Boys basketball

February 17, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

South River boys basketball coach Ken Dunn has a saying he often uses.

"We tell the kids, the game is like pulling the rope and with Darren Hall on the other end, you've got a chance," said Dunn after Hall more than pulled his load in a 69-68 Seahawks victory at Southern (11-7) of Harwood last night.

Despite an eye infection that he has had since Friday that forced him to wear contacts and then possibly suffering a broken nose late in the third period, the 6-foot-7 Hall was like a man possessed in a furious fourth period.

Hall, who finished with game-high totals of 31 points and 14 rebounds, scored the last 10 Seahawks points in the final 2:34 and grabbed three clutch rebounds in the final 37 seconds to preserve the victory.

"I did?" said Hall when told he had scored 31 points. "I didn't realize that. I was first told not to play with the contacts because of my infection, but then, the doctor told me to throw them away after the game. I had to play this game."

Hall went down with 2:58 left in the third period after getting smashed in the nose and lay on the floor several minutes as coach Dunn applied a cold rag.

"It was a drop step and I got hit in the nose and got nauseous for a minute," said Hall, who was back in the game within 15 seconds. "They couldn't keep me out. I wanted to be back in there. Look at my nose, it's red and crooked, isn't it?"

"He's a tough kid, the one who pulls the rope for us," said Dunn, who also got 18 points from Robert Randall and two three-pointers from Cory Davis (nine points).

Southern had started the final period with a 50-48 lead, but the lead changed hands eight times with Hall giving the Hawks the lead on three occasions in the final 2:10.

Hall's jumper with 37 seconds left gave South River the lead for good at 67-66, and about 10 seconds later, his lay-up gave his team a 69-66 lead. South River survived two Southern opportunities from the line in the last 16 seconds with Hall grabbing the rebounds following misses on the back ends.

"We hung in there and played well considering we were without three of our top six players," said Southern coach Tom Albright, who lost one player to academic probation, Adrian Turner to sickness and senior Jerrell Jones to a job.

Junior Chatney Howard tried to do it all for the Dawgs with 26 points, six rebounds, two blocks, four assists and three steals. Corey Contee chipped in with 16 points, and Kenny Joyce had 10.

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