Arundel wins 'tough one' against N. County, 75-71

December 15, 1993|By Pat Overton | Pat Overton,Contributing Writer

Arundel is considered a team ready to make a run. North County is considered an up-and-coming squad.

Yesterday's meeting at North County was evidence of both.

Arundel had trouble shooting and North County dominated the boards, but the No. 15 Wildcats walked away with a 75-71 victory, their third in a row of the young season.

"This was a tough one tonight," said Wildcats coach Gerald Moore. "The shots weren't falling for us and we didn't rebound well. But this team stepped it up on defense tonight and I think that's what won it for us."

North County held the lead for most of the first quarter and Jarryn Avery put the Knights up 21-19 to start the second quarter.

But the Wildcats' shots started to fall as the visitors went on a 12-2 run with Bakari Ward scoring eight en route to a game-high 26. Arundel built the lead as high as 10 points but the Knights shaved it to three (41-38) thanks to seven points by Avery late in the half.

The Wildcats scored the first six points of the second half to increase their lead to nine, an advantage that would stand into the fourth quarter, when the Knights scored the first seven points of the period.

But the Wildcats picked it up a notch on defense. Point guard Jeff Hedrick said he was expecting the defense to play a key role.

"When I saw how we were shooting early in the game I knew defense would be important," he said. "We just made an effort to get back on defense as fast as we could."

That defense caused several Knights turnovers late in the game, and although the Wildcats weren't scoring, they were running time off the clock.

The Knights had their chances down the stretch, eventually cutting the Wildcats' lead to 74-71 on a basket by Damon Henriques with six seconds left. But Arundel's Sean Soyars made both pf his free throws to finish an 18-point night and finish off the Knights.

"Everyone here saw a great ballgame," said North County coach Brad Wilson. "They were good and we were good. We just didn't take advantage of the opportunities we had late in the game."

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