Westminster dominates Liberty, 76-54 Boys basketball

February 20, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

The Carroll County champions, also known as the Westminster Owls, put on a basketball clinic last night at Liberty.

The Owls ran their fast break perfectly most of the night, passed the ball sharply, shot well from the outside, dominated the boards and rarely turned the ball over.

The result was a 76-54 Westminster victory over the Lions, continuing the Owls' late-season state Class 4A regional tournament drive.

Westminster (12-8, 6-0) has won four straight and finishes unbeaten in the county.

For Liberty (4-17, 2-5), it was another long night without scoring

leader Mike Davidson, who is out for the season with a broken hand.

Almost everybody scored for Westminster, which stepped up the pace in the third quarter after scoring the final 13 points of the first half for a 36-18 lead at the break.

The highlight of the third-quarter Owls' show was a perfect fast break, with Todd Dorsey passing the ball on the wing to Brad Gibson who then hit an airborne Matt Brightful for a layup with 2:32 left in the period.

Brightful never broke stride as he took the pass from Gibson and scored.

That play brought Westminster coach Dave Byers off his feet in glee.

When the Owls were done in the third quarter, they were rolling along with a 60-35 lead and both coaches went to their bench in the fourth quarter.

Russell DeMont, a 6-foot-8 junior, led Westminster with 15 points, Brightful had 12, and Gibson contributed 10.

Ross Yastrzemsky was the only Liberty player to reach double figures with 10 points.

Byers said of his surging Owls: "We're playing so much more comfortable right now. It's nice that the kids have played well enough and worked hard enough to make the last two games against Thomas Johnson and Quince Orchard meaningful as far as the playoffs are concerned. Sometimes we've been out of contention by this time."

Byers said his team is playing unselfishly and that he is pleased with the improved play of DeMont.

"Russell's knocking down the shots now and I don't mean from 12 feet. He's going out further and hitting them and that helps us," said Byers.

Liberty coach Scott Kohr said his team showed "decent patience" into the opening minutes of the second quarter when the Lions were down 23-18.

"But we went out of our game plan and that killed us," said Kohr, whose team didn't score in the final 6:46 of the second quarter.

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