Brown sparks Glen Burnie over N. County

December 18, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Point guard William Brown stepped up when his teammates needed him most to enable No. 18 Glen Burnie to nip North County, 69-65, last night.

Brown, whom coach Terry Bogle says is the "best point guard in the county," scored all 14 of his points in the final period, 10 in the last four minutes. The 6-foot senior had two three-pointers, two field goals and was 4-for-5 at the line. He also had three steals and a rebound.

"I hadn't done anything offensively up to the last period and thought it was time I stepped up," said Brown. "I like shooting in pressure situations and we needed this one bad after Tuesday night."

The Gophers (2-1) had dropped a 54-53 decision at Meade on Tuesday after opening at home with a 92-81 triumph over No. 10 Annapolis.

North County (1-2) won its first season opener over Severna Park before bowing to No. 15 Arundel, 76-71, Tuesday. The Knights haven't had a winning season in their four-year history, but things are looking up.

"I think we belong," said North County coach Brad Wilson. "Tonight was like Tuesday. They got us in the final minute and a half."

North County started the second half with a one-point lead, 33-32 and took a 49-45 lead into the final eight minutes. A jumper by sophomore Desmond Dailey (six points) and three-pointers by Brown and Shawn Mahaney (game-high 19 points, seven rebounds) gave the Gophers a 53-51 lead with 5:30 left in the game.

Mahaney's three-pointer was his fifth of the game to put the HTC Gophers on top for the first time since 1:22 was left in the first half.

Following the fifth Mahaney bomb, Jaryn Avery tied the game at 53 with a basket underneath. A minute later, Brown sent up his second three-pointer to make it 56-53 Gophers with four minutes left.

Lou Brown's layup cut the lead to 56-55, but William Brown was fouled on a three-point attempt and sank all three foul shots with 3:20 to go to make it 59-55.

After a Knights turnover, one of 23, Jeff Dickerson's short jumper upped the Gopher lead to 61-55. Avery hit the front end of a one-and-one for the Knights, and Tweety Barton, who had 11 points and eight boards, hit a three-pointer and it was a 61-59 game.

The Knights took the lead at 65-64 with 50 seconds left on a three-pointer by Teon Carter (team-high 17 points), but Brown's short jumper put the Gophers back up to stay at 66-65 with 39 seconds left.

Brown made a nifty steal, raced to the other end, missed a jumper, but fired his own rebound back up for the lead.

"William took over and that's what we count on him to do," said Bogle. "We were fortunate to win this one, because we can't make our foul shots."

Glen Burnie was 15-for-26 at the line, but North County was a tad worse, sinking 15 of 27.

"We're right there and just have to keep believing in one another," said Wilson.

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