Edgewood holds off Aberdeen

January 30, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Last week, Edgewood coach Bob Slagle was talking about his 14-man squad and the fact he did not know which player would step up at any given time to help win a game.

Wednesday night, it was reserve Roderick Harrison with a 17-foot shot to beat C. Milton Wright, 43-41. Yesterday afternoon, on the road for a second straight game, it was starting guard Alfred McAllister with a shot from almost the same spot that thwarted Aberdeen, 59-57.

Edgewood (7-3, 3-0) dominated play yesterday for long stretches, but wound up in position to let it get away at the end. This was in contrast to the Wright game, where the Rams had led twice, briefly, until the final shot.

McAllister actually contributed to the exciting finish at both ends of the court. With no more than three points separating the two teams through four lead changes in the last six minutes, it came down to Aberdeen's Steve James having a chance to tie it with 22 seconds left.

He made the first of two free throws to make it 57-56, but missed the second. However, he got a second chance when an official called McAllister for interfering with the shooter, as the defender stood near him talking. James made the most of the opportunity, converting the shot for the tie at 57.

The Rams went for the final shot, but with the clock at his back, McAllister cut it a little close.

"Not really," he said. "We've got a code and the bench stood up with five seconds left. I knew the time."

The 6-foot-3 senior also has strong leaping ability and when he started with a 6-inch height advantage on the Aberdeen defenders, he simply went up over them for the game-winning shot.

Until then, the last 11 minutes belonged to Aberdeen's Toby Jordan, a 6-7 senior. He scored 12 of his team's 14 points as it rallied from a 44-35 deficit late in the third period to take a 49-46 lead with 4:30 to play.

Then Dwayne Winder, who started but who seems to play even better when he comes off the bench, went to work for Edgewood. Another 6-3 leaper, he got one basket, scored another after a steal, then fed Julius Christy for a basket and a 54-51 Rams lead. It was a lead the visitors would hold until James' foul shots.

Slagle used 13 players in the first half, and as he pointed out, his second five not only provided an entirely different look, but played the home team even or slightly better.

As a result, they might have had the fresher legs at the end. Ten Edgewood players scored, led by McAllister with 16. Winder and Fred Cole each added 14. Jordan's 17 topped the Eagles.

Aberdeen also got a solid game from James, a 6-5 senior who started in place of Jordan and finished with eight points. "He did a good job and it may get him a starting spot," coach Ron Petrey said.

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