Poly holds off Mervo, 58-57, to win title

December 30, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Poly's boys basketball team had to battle to the final buzzer to beat Mervo last night, 58-57, for the championship of the fourth annual Gilman Greyhounds Alumni Holiday Basketball Tournament.

The Engineers (5-3, 2-0), who advanced to the final by defeating McDonogh 62-52, led by as many as 12 in the fourth quarter and looked as though they were going to walk away with the championship trophy.

But, the Mustangs (1-6), whose first win of the season came in their tournament opener against Gilman, rallied back in the waning moments. Gilman boys tournament

They had a shot to win it with two seconds left, but a layup by Michael Fields rolled off the back of the rim as time expired.

"I think we tried to hold the ball a little too early and you can't do that against a team like Mervo because they're just too athletic," said Poly coach Bucky Kimmett. "We tried to put the game in the cooler too soon and it hurt us, but we came back when we needed to and I'm very happy."

Mervo took a 9-5 lead early in the first quarter on a driving layup by Duncan Anderson, but Poly answered with a 10-point run that was assisted by two goaltending violations against the Mustangs.

The Engineers traded three-pointers with Mervo in the finaseconds of the opening period and led 20-17 heading into the second quarter.

If it weren't for the efforts of Mervo's Tremaine Neal, the second quarter could have been a complete disaster for the Mustangs. Neal, who scored 10 of his team-high 18 points in the second quarter, tied the game at 21 by hitting two free throws after Poly was assessed a technical foul for an illegal substitution.

Neal later put Mervo up by four on a pair of follow-ups, but the Mustangs fell behind 27-25 following a Brian Scott three-pointer. Poly extended that lead to as many as 12 in the fourth quarter. Scott, who led all scorers with 20 points, was named the tournament's MVP.

"We laid back a little too much in the first half and gave them too much," said Mervo coach John Blake. "We're still turning the ball over too much and we're hurting ourselves at times and all we can hope is that some of that poison is out of our system."

In the consolation game, senior guard Jimmy Fields scored 23 points in leading host Gilman to a 73-58 win over McDonogh.

Also scoring in double figures for the Greyhounds (7-4, 3-0) were Jason Mersey (15), Than'l Badder (14) and Chris McLamb with 10.

Senior Donte Evans led the Eagles (3-3, 3-0) with 22 points and junior Bobby Sabelhaus added 16.

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