Westminster tops S. Carroll in OT, 60-57

February 22, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

It was the kind of game that deserved overtime.

Westminster and visiting South Carroll were scratching and clawing with the county title up for grabs.

There were four lead changes and a couple of ties in the short three-minute overtime period until Westminster guard Eric Moreau dumped a pass into forward Chris High, who hit a turnaround jumper from about 6 feet out with 18 seconds left.

It gave Westminster a 58-57 lead and Moreau made two free throws 10 seconds later to give the Owls a 60-57 win.

The Owls improved to 8-11 and 4-1 in the county. South Carroll dropped to 9-9 and 3-1 in the county. The two teams will meet again tomorrow at South Carroll.

"It was just a good basketball game on both sides. Good intensity and some big shots," said Westminster coach Dave Byers.

"Three or four weeks ago, we didn't think we'd be in this position. You have to give our kids a lot of credit. They hung in and now this game means something on Wednesday."

Both teams had chances to put the other away during regulation, but neither team would quit. Leading 30-26 at the half, the Owls went on a 11-4 run in the first five minutes of the third quarter to take a 41-30 lead. Senior center Russell DeMont had four of his 15 points during the stretch and Thor Johanneson made a three-pointer from the top of the key to help build the lead.

The Cavaliers answered with a 9-1 run in the final three minutes of the third to get to within 42-39. Corey Hill, who scored 13 and was relentless on the boards throughout with 11 rebounds, ended the quarter with a tip-in at the buzzer.

The Cavaliers came all the way back when Jason Harich hit a three-pointer with 4:23 left in regulation to tie the score at 46.

"We got the 10-point lead being patient on offense and then got away from that. We hurried some shots. You have to give their defense credit, too" Byers said.

Westminster regained the momentum after South Carroll had two chances to take the lead but failed to score. The Owls scored the next two baskets -- a John Morningstar drive and a Charles Van Horn jumper -- to take a 50-46 lead.

South Carroll's Tom Luster went from end to end with 1:55 left to cut the lead to 50-48 and Brad Schulze tied it at 50 with a driving lay-up with 20 seconds left to send it into overtime.

That set the stage for the overtime heroics of High, who finished with 13, and Moreau, whose two free throws were his only two points of the game.

"Chris really made a nice move inside and we got a great entry pass down low. Then Eric stepped up and made some big foul shots," Byers said.

Van Horn led three Owls in double figures with a game-high 21. DeMont added 15 and 16 rebounds. Schulze had 19 to lead the Cavaliers.

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