In a role reversal, Bel Air wins 1st, tops Fallston, 58-49

December 23, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Through their first four games of the season, Fallston and Bel Air were working at opposite ends of the basketball spectrum.

Fallston had won three, been competitive in the other, and outscored the opposition, 73-50. In the same stretch, Bel Air was 0-4, was outscored 61-42 and was averaging 33 turnovers.

So Bel Air went into the Cougars' gym for the first Harford County League game of the season, and the teams played opposite to their previous form. The Bobcats came away with a 58-49 victory.

The visitors went a long way toward winning this one in the first quarter, when they had just two turnovers and took a 12-11 lead.

In the middle periods, the Bobcats built a 45-34 lead. For a change, senior leader Victor Smith got some help. In his team's first four games, he was the only one to have scored in double figures (15-point average). This time, Ron Cardwell, a strong leaper playing in the middle, put together a stretch of quality playing time. "That's as well as he's played all season," coach Bill Georg said.

Three of Cardwell's five baskets came in the third quarter, there were fewer turnovers than previous games and there was some good defensive work.

"That's the first time we have been able to get off to a really good start," Georg said. "We wanted to slow it down on offense and be tough in our matchup zone, and I thought we did a good job."

Fallston coach Robin Hood complimented the job done by the opposition. "They played their best game. They out-hustled us and had a better shot selection," he said.

Down 45-34, the Cougars slowly climbed back. Starter Kernan Kelly and reserve Jud Ryan each had five points, and, with 3:24 left, Brad Thomas made a three-point shot that brought the home team to 49-48. It appeared Fallston was ready to go over the top.

ZTC Bobcats reserve Jason Lockerman made a short baseline shot for a 51-48 lead with 1:50 left. After Kelly missed the front end of a one-and-one, Cardwell rebounded, got off an outlet pass and a moment later Mike Deal made a layup and 53-48 with less than a minute to play.

Two free throws by Bryan Grimm sent the leaders on a string of five successful shots. Any hopes the Cougars had were --ed when Dave Adam made one of three foul shots and Smith rebounded the final miss. Fouled, he made two from the line and it was over with 30 seconds left.

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