Edgewood fails to seize opportunity Rams misfire in loss to Hereford

March 15, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Edgewood picked the wrong time to come up with a clinker.

The Rams, showing little of the play that had produced a 21-3 record and a pair of regional tournament victories, was bounced from the state tournament when Cinderella entry Hereford prevailed, 52-49, at Cole Field House in College Park on Friday night.

In reaching the Class 2A final, Hereford (15-11) has won four playoff games by a total of eight points, including two in overtime.

Despite a less than artistic performance, Edgewood trailed 51-49 and had a chance to win or tie the game with 27 seconds remaining.

Hereford's Mike Shive missed the second half of a one-and-one situation, Maurice Edison rebounded for Edgewood, and Rob Spencer worked the ball up court. He eyed the clock, and put up a shot with seven seconds showing.

The ball bounced off the rim -- as it had for the Rams all evening -- and the Bulls' 6-foot-7 Jamey Mathews was fouled on the rebound. He scored the final point.

"I don't know what the problem was," Edgewood coach Bob Slagle said. "Hereford certainly had something to do with it, but we self-destructed."

The losers went 21-for-62 from the field, including a woeful nine of 34 in the second half. There were also 26 personal fouls (starters Kenton Worthington, Alfred McAllister,and Edison fouled out) and Hereford responded by making 21 of 34 from the line, including all 10 of its fourth-quarter points.

"They had far more depth and speed than we did and they are a super athletic team," Hereford coach Steve Power said.

"It helped that when they broke our press, they didn't keep going at us. We're not a great defensive team. There'd be three-on-three and they'd stop and pull it [the ball] back out. That kept us out of foul trouble."

Slagle agreed his team failed to attack.

"Part of the problem was we did not do what we had practiced. Nothing Hereford did surprised us. We said we wanted to attack.

"I don't know whether the players took them lightly -- I didn't -- but we didn't play up to our capability."

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