Dundalk starts slowly, races past Randallstown

December 09, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

It took an entire quarter for Dundalk to get its offense untracked yesterday against visiting Randallstown.

But after falling behind 13-2 to start the game, the No. 15 Owls took command for a 72-65 win in a Baltimore County 3A-4A game.

Dundalk coach Andy Pons said he never doubted that his talented and deep team could come back.

"We didn't get off to a real good start," Pons said, "but I knew with the explosiveness we have that we could make a run."

He said the biggest factor in the turnaround was his team's switching from a press to a zone defense when trailing 20-11 near the end of the first quarter.

Randallstown (1-1 in the league) was successful breaking the press early in the game, and it scored most of its points on transition baskets.

After switching defenses, Dundalk (2-0) outscored the Rams 24-14 the rest of the half for a 35-34 lead at the break.

"When they switched to a zone, it really slowed us up," said Randallstown coach Reggie Brooks, whose team shot 33 percent in the final three quarters. "It made us work a lot more."

But if the switch to a zone defense started the job, Travis Thornton, a 6-foot-2 guard for Dundalk, finished it.

With his team trailing 36-35 early in the second half, Thornton got hot, hitting two three-pointers and going on to score 11 of his 19 points in the quarter to give Dundalk a 55-44 lead at the end of three.

Thornton made shots from all over the court and turned a back-and-forth game into Dundalk's game to lose.

"Everything started to fall for me," Thornton said. "I was a little hesitant to shoot early because they were cutting off my penetration. But in the third quarter, I started getting the shots."

The guard's scoring onslaught was just part of a string in which the Owls hit 13 of 18 shots to turn a nine-point deficit into an eight-point advantage.

Randallstown tried to rally late but got no closer than four points on three separate occasions.

The Rams missed a golden opportunity with 6:00 left after Dundalk's James Fehrman fouled out, then committed a technical, giving Randallstown four foul shots and possession. But they hit only one of the shots before committing a turnover.

The win was a big one for the Owls, who, after finishing 14-11 last season, say they have what it takes to go far into the states this time around.

"We try to instill three things: defensive pride, intense play and discipline," Pons said.

"If we work on those three things, we can be a championship team."

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