Chiles lifts Atholton by Howard

January 15, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

D. J. Chiles had made only five of nine free throws yesterday, but with one second left the junior forward made the one that counted most, giving host Atholton a 70-69 victory over Howard.

"A lot of people wanted me to make that shot, and I could hear every one of them," Chiles said. "I can't believe I missed four."

The victory kept Atholton (9-2, 3-0) undefeated in the league and was achieved without starting point guard and leading scorer Brian Benden, who sprained an ankle in Wednesday's win over Centennial. Benden is expected to miss three weeks.

Even without Benden, Atholton led 18-14 after one quarter, helped by three three-point baskets from Jason Albert and one from Benden's point-guard replacement, Tyrone Allmond.

In the second period, Howard leading scorer Javier Michaux (22 points, 12 rebounds) took control and scored 13, giving him 19 for the first half. He scored repeatedly off rebounds, and his rebound basket gave Howard its biggest lead at 34-29.

But Howard (4-7, 1-2) missed its last six shots of the half, and Atholton pulled ahead 39-35 at halftime.

"We needed to step up our game against Howard in the second half, because they killed us on the boards in the first half," Chiles said. "We haven't played a team that rebounded like that yet this year. Everyone on their team was crashing."

With Atholton concentrating on stopping Michaux by boxing him out in the third quarter, the Raiders left Howard's Aaron Graf (18 points, nine rebounds) open, and he responded with four third-quarter baskets. The period ended in a 50-50 tie.

Graf made three more baskets early in the fourth quarter. He made nine of 13 shots from the field.

Michaux, who made nine of 14 shots from the field, had only one second-half basket and just three points, and Atholton's ability to stop him proved decisive.

Tony Stewart (12 points), who played a strong all-around game for Atholton, stopped a potential dunk by Michaux by fouling him with 3:31 left. Michaux made one of two foul shots to pull Howard within 65-62.

Howard's Monte Carter (10 points), who won a game against Westminster last week with a three-pointer at the buzzer, tied it at 65 with a three-pointer.

Two free throws by Stewart made it 67-65 Atholton with 2:48 to play.

Howard's DaLawn Parrish was fouled with 48 seconds left -- Allmond's fifth foul. Parrish made one shot and the Lions trailed, 67-66.

With 33 seconds to play, Atholton center John Miller, playing on a sprained ankle, made two free throws to make it 69-66. Carter then made another big three-pointer with 11 seconds left to tie it at 69.

Chiles (18 points) grabbed a loose ball in the lane and was fouled by Michaux with one second left to set up the winning free throw.

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