Atholton weathers late Glenelg charge to take 84-64 victory

January 08, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Atholton's depth took its toll on a visiting Glenelg team that lacks depth.

And in an overall sloppy game, the Raiders (7-2) came out on top, 84-64, despite a subpar effort in the league opener for both teams yesterday.

"It's nice to win, but we didn't play very well," Atholton coach Jim Albert said.

He was upset that his Raiders allowed Glenelg (6-3) to whittle down a 65-43 Atholton advantage in the third quarter to 69-58 with 4:56 left in the game.

Glenelg had every chance to cut that lead even further, but the Gladiators suddenly went cold, missing four layups and their final 12 shots.

Glenelg got into early foul trouble with forward Kevin Curtin and center Brian Meshkin both having to go to the bench in the first half.

"We had to play guards at inside positions because we had no one else," Glenelg coach Klaude Krannebitter said. "I think that foul situation and our players being out of position is what created so many turnovers by us."

Glenelg made 26 turnovers for the game and 15 in the first half.

"I was incredibly pleased to be down by only five points at halftime,"Krannebitter said.

Albert said, "We missed a lot of easy shots and didn't make them pay for their turnovers."

In that first half, Atholton shot well from three-point range with Jason Albert hitting three and Brian Benden one.

"Everything they threw up seemed to be going in from out there," Krannebitter said.

Atholton made three more three-pointers in the third period, when the Raiders blew the game open by outscoring Atholton, 30-16.

A coaching strategy by Krannebitter backfired in that period, as the Gladiators tried a half-court trap against the extremely quick Raiders.

"It didn't work," Krannebitter said.

Albert said, "Most of the time a half-court trap won't work against us. We're a little too quick."

James McKenney played a key role in the Gladiators' late comeback attempt. He scored seven points during the stretch that the Gladiators cut Atholton's lead from 22 points to nine.

But McKenney, who finished with 13 points, went cold in the fourth quarter.

After Meshkin fouled out with 4:21 to play, Glenelg's offense was finished.

Earl Frazier was high scorer for Glenelg with 19 points.

Atholton guard Brian Benden played his finest game, scoring 24 points.

D. J. Chiles (20 points) was impressive inside for the Raiders who dominated Glenelg on the boards.

"Our defense disappointed me," Krannebitter said. "Their quick guards blew by us too much. We weren't able to control the tempo, something we've done a good job of until now.

"But we did prove with that fourth-quarter comeback that we can be competitive."

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