Damon lifts Pointers to 67-62 win Boys basketball

February 18, 1993|By Tara Finnegan | Tara Finnegan,Contributing Writer

When the game is tight, Sparrows Point point guard Carnell Damon wants the ball.

The Pointers (14-3, 12-3) couldn't have been in better hands yesterday, as Damon scored the insurance bas- Boys basketball

ket with 30 seconds left to lead host Sparrows Point past Overlea, 67-62, in a Baltimore County 2A-1A game.

With Sparrows Point leading by three with 34 seconds left, Damon missed the front end of a one-and-one but managed to grab the rebound off John Berger's fingers and score to give the Pointers a 65-60 lead.

"I like to get the ball when it's tied up and take it to the hoop and score," said Damon, who led the Pointers with 21.

J. J. Kent followed up a missed shot with 21 seconds left to put Overlea (12-6 11-4) within three. At the other end, 6-foot-5 junior Will Marshall scrambled for a rebound off his missed foul shot and made the Pointers' final shot at the buzzer.

The win avenged a 46-39 loss at Overlea earlier this season, and it wasn't bad for a team that, after leading by seven at halftime, found itself down by two entering the final eight minutes.

"When I called time out and we were down [by four], I saw a lot of blank faces coming off the court," Sparrows Point coach Russ Lingner said. "I didn't think they were quitting, they were just so frustrated because we missed a lot of little baskets under the basket."

The Falcons went on an 11-0 run early in the third quarter and took a four-point lead. Senior Adam Burleson, a 6-5 center, followed a shot to tie the game at 44 with 1:11 left, but Overlea's Kent hit a jumper at the buzzer to give the Falcons a two-point lead.

Sparrows Point took the lead for good with 1:08 left, as Marshall picked off an inbounds pass and hit the layup to give the Pointers a 61-60 lead.

"In the last two minutes of the game I saw the same look in their eyes as I did when we played Milford Mill," said Lingner, referring to the Pointers' 78-71 upset of Milford Mill on Feb. 11.

Shante Dukes led the Falcons with 20 points, followed by Gerald Palmer with 14.

"[Palmer] hurt us from the outside at Overlea and we did a good job on him tonight," Lingner said.

Marshall and Burleson added 17 and 16, respectively, for Sparrows Point.

With the win, the Pointers held onto third place in Class 1A Region II, behind No. 2 Dunbar and No. 13 Milford Mill.

The Pointers have three games remaining (Towson, Chesapeake and Loch Raven) and are hoping to win them and hold onto third place to gain home-court advantage in the first round of regional play.

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