Catonsville rolls by Towson for Gamzon's 200th victory

January 13, 1994|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Contributing Writer

It took Catonsville until the third quarter to get its running game into gear, but the Comets turned on the afterburner shortly after halftime to put away host Towson, 76-59, in a Baltimore County 2A-1A game last night.

The Comets (6-4, 4-2) used 26 points by senior guard Ed Garrett, including 10 in the third quarter, to give Art Gamzon his 200th victory as a high school coach.

"It's just nice to get the 'W'," said Gamzon. "The number of wins I have is immaterial. Hopefully this will be the beginning of a strong January for us.

"I never thought I would get as many [wins] as I have, so I guess I'm fortunate. You have to have good players to win this many games."

Catonsville's players didn't think the event was immaterial, giving Gamzon an autographed ball in honor of his milestone victory.

The Comets scored the first 10 points of the game, four each coming from Herman Cooper and Garrett to set the tone early, but Towson (3-5, 3-4) crept back, trailing only 28-25 at the half.

"I told my team I was pleased to be down by only three considering the way we played in the first half," said Towson coach Randy Dase.

"You have to give Garrett credit, he was hurting us on the inside, so we shifted to a 3-2 [zone] and then we couldn't shut him off outside."

As for Catonsville, Garrett said the up-tempo game in the second half was not an accident.

"We're a running team, and we knew we had to increase the tempo. We have guards who can handle the ball, and that was the difference," he said.

Towson cut the lead to 28-27 early in the third quarter, but Catonsville scored 20 of the next 33 points to finish the third quarter with a 48-40 lead. Towson never got closer than eight after that.

"I just tried to be the team leader tonight," said Garrett. "We usually don't play as hard in the third quarter, so I wanted to make sure we played like a team and not a group of individuals in the second half."

Said Gamzon of Garrett, "I give him a lot of credit. He played well at both ends of the floor and I thought tonight he became the chairman of the boards."

Dase said, "They were just too much for us. We were at the dance, but we were out of step."

Towson was led by Chris Palmisano's 17 points.

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