Lentz's late shot gives N. County 1st tourney crown

January 01, 1994|By Gary Davidson | Gary Davidson,Contributing Writer

Matt Lentz's first inclination was to pass. With the clock winding down, however, he realized he had to shoot.

To the delight of North County fans, Lentz swished a 17-foot jumper -- only his second basket of the afternoon -- with one second left to give the host Knights a 65-63 win yesterday over Chesapeake for the title of the 17th annual Pascal Holiday Tournament.

Teon Carter had 19 points and Lou Brown eight points and 14 assists as North County (4-3) captured the first tournament crown in its four-year history.

In the consolation game, Severna Park (2-5) got 15 points from David Orso in a 56-43 triumph over Northeast (3-5), which had won the past four Pascal titles.

Scott Sayman's three-pointer with 12.3 seconds to go pulled Chesapeake (2-5) even with North County at 63.

After a timeout with 8.8 seconds left, Brown took the inbounds pass in the backcourt and dribbled into the lane before kicking the ball back to Lentz just inside the three-point arc on the right.

Lentz took a quick look at the lane before lofting the game-winner.

"When I first got the ball, I was looking inside, but I saw one of their guys in the middle," said Lentz whose four points raised his per-game average to 2.1. "[The shot] felt good. I'll take those points any time. It's the first tournament we've ever won."

North County coach Brad Wilson said he had full confidence in Lentz, even though he probably wouldn't have been in the game if Carter hadn't fouled out with 4:34 to play. Seventeen seconds later, another Knights starter, Reno Owens, went to the bench with five fouls.

Lentz "is one of our better shooters," said Wilson. "I think he was looking to pass it. I was yelling at him to shoot. He's a smart kid."

Chesapeake, which beat Northeast by one point in Thursday's semifinal on Jeremy Pellegrini's 30-foot buzzer-beater, trailed, 51-38, with 2:17 left in the third quarter. But Matt Michaelowicz scored 12 of his 16 points after intermission to rally Chesapeake.

North County missed the front end of four one-and-ones in the final 56 seconds after leading, 63-58, with 1:45 remaining.

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