Glenelg's title hopes dampened by loss

February 24, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Wilde Lake's terrific inside game and Glenelg's lack of one combined to produce last Friday's stunning 97-67 Wilde Lake victory over the Gladiators, who have been a boys basketball title contender most of the season.

It was the most points scored by one team in a league game all season.

The loss put a damper on Glenelg's county championship hopes, dropping the Gladiators two games off Hammond's 9-3 pace.

Glenelg coach Terry Coleman described the Wilde Lake loss as a good old-fashioned butt-kicking, with Wilde Lake shooting 40-for-70 from the floor.

"They just wouldn't miss," Coleman said. "We had good defensive position, but their guards made great passes."

In this craziest of competitive seasons, however, anything can happen in the final week. There's even a scenario for a four-way tie.

If Hammond lost to Oakland Mills yesterday and Glenelg beat Mount Hebron, then the Gladiators can tie by beating Centennial tomorrow and getting some help from Howard, which would have to beat Hammond tomorrow. Then Oakland Mills also could tie for the title by beating Atholton in its final game.

Sound complicated? Well, the playoff picture is still cloudy, too. Centennial, Hammond and Glenelg appear to have spots secured. Oakland Mills and Mount Hebron are struggling to get in.

"We're thinking more about the playoffs than the county now," Glenelg's Coleman said. "We'll have one playoff game at home and then have to go to either Walkersville or Middletown."

Both those teams have big inside players, the kind that give Glenelg problems.

Question of the day

Didn't the Centennial Eagles sorely miss the offensive rebounding of Chris Bosley during last Friday's 67-66 loss to league-leading Hammond? Bosley sprained his ankle during last Wednesday's two-point win over Oakland Mills.

What a week

The best individual week of the season belongs to Wilde Lake's Deon Wingfield.

It was actually three games in three days last week in which Wingfield scored 90 points, grabbed 48 rebounds and blocked 13 shots.

He also shot 38-for-61 (62 percent) from the floor and went 14-for-17 at the foul line.

Perfect season ends

Atholton's JV boys basketball team's dream of an unbeaten season ended last Thursday when Centennial scored a 48-45 victory over the Raiders.

The Raiders' record under coach Ed Hinkle dropped to 18-1.

"They spread the court and slowed the game down and we missed a three-point shot with a couple seconds left," Hinkle said.

Atholton has had a few great comebacks this season. It was down by 14 to Mount Hebron in the fourth quarter and won. It was down by 16 to Wilde Lake in the second quarter and won.

Hinkle thinks that Mount Hebron has the most talented junior varsity in the league, followed by Centennial and Oakland Mills.

"We aren't the most talented, but we play together the best," Hinkle said. "I'm lucky to have an extraordinary group."

Complaint department

Glenelg coach Terry Coleman is concerned that cheerleading has created safety problems at varsity basketball games this season.

"We don't really need 16 cheerleaders at games," Coleman said. "During our game at Howard they were doing back flips on the floor during foul shots, and doing a pyramid during play. There's not much room along the sidelines. At one point, the referees had to blow the whistle to move them back and it cost us a potential three-point shot."

Great rivalry

For the past two seasons, Centennial and Hammond have hooked up in a sensational series of four one-point boys basketball games.

Last season, Centennial beat the Bears twice by one point on last-second shots by Damian Biggs. This season, Hammond has beaten Centennial twice by one point.

Stat of the week

Centennial's boys team has had players foul out of games only five times this season.

Biggs and Brian Hulka have fouled out twice and Mark James once.

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