C.M. Wright surges back, holds off Fallston, 63-56

January 12, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Two scoring bursts and some defensive intensity helped visiting C. Milton Wright climb out of the depths to defeat Fallston, 63-56, in a Harford County league game last night.

It was win No. 100 for eighth-year coach George Constantine, who watched his Mustangs fall way behind, go way ahead, and then use foul shots to hold off a Fallston rush.

Wright (4-2, 2-1) had played twice in the past two weeks, and Fallston (5-3) had not played in 17 days, but one would have thought those roles were reversed the way the game started.

The Cougars made six of their first nine shots and jumped to a 10-point lead in the first five minutes. At the quarter, it was 16-6.

Then it was Wright's turn. The Mustangs outscored the home team 11-2 in the last five minutes to go up at the break, 26-22.

John Bowman, who had one basket in the first half, almost single-handedly took over early in the third period. The Wright senior drove for two baskets and connected on a three-pointer from the corner, and it was 33-24 in less than two minutes.

"I thought the big thing was we came out harder than usual in the third quarter," Bowman said. "We have had a tendency to be passive. This time it was important that we get the ball inside and be patient in our offense."

The widest margin was 49-32 with six minutes left. Dave Adam's rebound and basket signaled a late Fallston charge.

Aggressive defense that forced a succession of turnovers set the tone. Jud Ryan had two-point and three-point baskets, Rick Shearer hit a field goal and three free throws, and Fallston was within 51-46 with two minutes left.

The outcome was still in doubt until Chad Bowman and Shawn Crouch hooked up on a length-of-the-court pass off an inbounds situation, Crouch gathering in the ball for a stuff and a 55-47 lead with 1:25 on the clock.

"You have to play four quarters," Fallston coach Robin Hood said. "We had a good first and a decent last, but in the second one, they killed us. We got out of our offense."

Constantine thought at the outset "that Fallston was ready and we weren't. Later, we told them they had to pick up the intensity, especially on defense, because of the size difference."

Constantine cited starter Eric McEvoy and reserve Kory McBride as helping the team in its comeback.

"Playing a lot of people early helped us later, and we were smart in our transition game," he said.

Wright's John Bowman finished with 26 points, 20 in the second half. For Fallston, Shearer, a 6-foot-3 forward, had one of his best efforts with 18 points and 14 rebounds.

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