South River topples Arundel, 87-70

February 24, 1993|By John Harris III | John Harris III,Contributing Writer

Darren Hall's scoring average may have fallen by more than a point, but the 6-foot-7, 220-pound senior center showed why he is considered among the county's best all-around players.

The Division I prospect scored 14 points -- 10 below his average -- but also had 14 rebounds, seven assists and seven steals to help South River defeat Arundel, 87-70, in a Bay Division game last night in Edgewater.

Hall helped the Seahawks (14-7, 7-3) beat the Wildcats' tenacious second-half pressure defense, often acting as point guard by bringing the ball upcourt.

"No question about it, Hall played like the MVP of the county," said Arundel coach Gerald Moore. "He is just a bull. He did a little bit of everything. He scored when he had to, he got the big rebounds, and he had some nice passes."

Hall is being courted by Colorado, North Carolina-Greensboro, Canisius, Liberty and American.

Victorious coach Ken Dunn also credited his sophomore trio of Corey Davis (29 points), Andy Myers (13 points) and Russel Toungue.

"These kids are legitimate players. Corey and Russel played a lot last year, so that's helped them a lot. Andy had a great game. He gave them that little pump fake, then he'd hit a set shot," said Dunn.

Another factor was forward Robert Randall. The 6-4 junior made several jumpers and running drives in a 20-point, nine-rebound outing.

After trailing 67-47, Arundel (14-7, 8-3) closed the deficit to 12 on a steal and layup by Jeff Hedrick, who had a team-high 18 points. Davis converted a coast-to-coast layup, and Andy Moore came off the bench to score six to subdue the mini-rally.

Richard Abrams, the area's top rebounder, had a game-high 21 and scored 16 points for Arundel. Sean Soyars added 17 points and nine rebounds.

At worst, Arundel will fall to fifth in the Region IV, Class 4A playoff race, heading for the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. South River is solidly in third in the Region IV, Class 3A race behind Calvert County and Potomac of Prince George's County.

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