Pleyo's strong play fails to boost Pioneers

December 16, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Anne Arundel Community College's men's basketball team has slumped this season, but Gene Pleyo continues to have a hot hand.

Pleyo, a Northeast graduate, is averaging 24.8 points under first-year coach Mike Tummings.

Pleyo scored 32 points yesterday to lead the Pioneers past Essex CC, 97-93, but it was just Anne Arundel's fourth victory in 11 games.

Pleyo scored 20 points in a 101-82 loss to Charles CC on Monday, and had 13 points, four rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals in Saturday's 94-87 loss to Takoma Park.

The 6-foot-1 guard is one of only two returnees at Anne Arundel, joining 6-4 forward Jim Flahaven.

"In addition to being a good student, he's an intelligent basketball player. That goes a long way on the court," Tummings said. "His leadership quality also is impressive."

Sylvester Clark, a 5-9 guard from Mississippi, had 16 points against Charles. Wendell Williams, a 6-1 guard from Annapolis, added 12.

Williams scored a team-high 19 points Saturday and added six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Flahaven had 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Anne Arundel's roster includes three players from outside the state: Clark, 6-1 guard Greg Carter (New Jersey) and 5-10 guard Nat Scott (Virginia). Fulton Holland, a 6-0 guard/forward, and Keith Wise, a 6-2 forward, are from Stephan Decatur on the Eastern Shore.

"I didn't even know that we'd have these guys until tryouts," Tummings said. "The two kids from the Eastern Shore have relatives in the area and heard about the school. And [Scott's] mother lives around here. He was going to school at Loyola, and he left last June and enrolled here. They're all decent players and they bring something to the team."

Tummings is hoping that more victories will arrive soon. "We're just working on trying to be consistent," he said. "We're struggling a little bit, but we're getting to the point where we're ready to turn the corner."

Anne Arundel plays host to Chesapeake at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Women's basketball

Anne Arundel assured itself of an unbeaten record for the remainder of 1993 with Tuesday's 73-59 victory at Essex.

The Pioneers (4-0) won't play again until Jan. 3, at home, against Frederick. Frederick's two losses have come to nationally ranked teams.

Today's scheduled game against Howard was canceled because the Express couldn't field a team.

Northeast graduate Debbi Dadds totaled 22 points and 20 rebounds against Essex. Denise Perrone of Chesapeake had 12 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, Alina Smith of Arundel contributed 12 points and four assists, and Adrian Toles of Meade finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Dadds is averaging 20 points and 14 rebounds. Smith is averaging 6.0 points and 6.3 assists, and Perrone and Lindee Sisk (Southern) are averaging 12.0 points apiece.

The Pioneers were coming off an 80-69 victory over Montgomery-Rockville on Saturday. Sisk had 20 points and Jen Shanahan of Severna Park added 15. Dadds had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

"They're playing real well, they've just got to settle down with the ball," said coach Tom Smith. "They're making far too many turnovers. They've got to be a little smarter on fast-break opportunities. But we're real happy with the whole group."

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