Mathews lifts Hereford to 53-50 win over Oakland Mills

March 02, 1993|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Contributing Writer

Hereford's senior Jamey Mathews shyly remarked after last night's Class 2A, Region II playoff game, "This is my last game at Hereford. I hope they remember me."

He should not have worried.

Mathews scored 28 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to rally the host and fourth-seeded Bulls from a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat fifth-seeded Oakland Mills (9-14), 53-50.

The Bulls (12-11) will visit top-seeded Overlea in the regional semifinal tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Antoine Barnes led the Scorpions with 20 points. Oakland Mills rushed out to a 19-6 lead after the first quarter, paced by Barnes' 10 points. The Scorpions extended the lead to 25-10, before Hereford scored the final seven points of the half to cut the lead to 25-17 at the break. Mathews had 14 of Hereford's 17 points at the half.

The second half looked like more of the same.

Hereford managed to cut the lead to only five, 31-26, with 3:21 left in the third quarter, but the Scorpions rallied to run the lead back to eight, 40-32, after the quarter.

After the Scorpions extended the lead to 45-36 with 5:34 left, Hereford woke up. With second-leading scorer Dewayne Fowble disqualified on fouls, Hereford coach Steve Power switched to four guards, and the move immediately paid off.

"That really helped us," said Power. "It enabled us to play full-court, man-to-man defense on all of their players." The Bulls went on to score seven of the next eight points to tie the game at 46. After Hereford's John Wingeart hit two free throws to give the Bulls their first lead of the night, 50-48, Hereford never trailed again.

"We got into the one-and-one and couldn't finish," said Oakland Mills Dave Appleby. "At one point, we missed five straight front end's of one-and-one's. We have no one to blame but ourselves."

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