Mount Hebron shuts down Glenelg, 64-56

February 25, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

The first time Glenelg played Mount Hebron, the Gladiators made 28 of 36 free throws and won by seven points.

Last night at Mount Hebron the Vikings played much smarter defensively and beat Glenelg, 64-56, to keep their county championship hopes alive.

Glenelg (14-7, 8-5), which also still has an outside shot at the championship, was only 7-for-8 at the foul line last night.

"We wanted to make sure we didn't reach in or leave our feet and put them at the foul line," Vikings coach Scott Robinson said. "We played good defense, especially in the second half."

Part of Glenelg's success this season has been in creating turnovers,and Mount Hebron also excelled at that night, forcing 10.

"Mark [Jensen] handled their pressure really well," said Kevin Tonkins, a junior forward who played one of his best games, scoring 16 points and grabbing nine rebounds.

"Every time Kevin does well our team does well," Robinson said.

Glenelg changed its normal defense for the game.

"We usually play a match-up zone and that creates more turnovers but leaves us vulnerable on the weak side," Glenelg coach Klaude Kranebitter said. "We played a man-for-man tonight to try and stop their three-point shooters."

Glenelg failed to do that. Mount Hebron was 9-for-18 from three-point range.

Kurtis Jestes (19 points) was 4-for-8 from that range. Jensen (nine points) was 3-for-8 and Tonkins was 2-for-2.

Glenelg, meanwhile, made 19 turnovers in the first three quarters, and down the stretch the Gladiators failed to box out on a crucial one-and-one miss by Mount Hebron.

Mount Hebron also ran the clock well at the end of the game. It held possession from 3:47 to 2:14 when Glenelg finally gave up a foul.

Mount Hebron has had problems this season shooting free throws down the stretch.

It was a 60-53 game with 2:14 left when Jestes missed a one-and-one, and Glenelg rebounded but then turned it over.

Tonkins also missed a one-and-one, but Patrick Ngongba rebounded for Mount Hebron and Jestes was fouled with 47 seconds left. He sank one. After missing the second one, Jestes stole the ball with 34 seconds left and sank two free throws to put it out of reach, 63-53.

Mount Hebron played well on the boards, usually limiting Glenelg to one shot. Ngongba (12 points) had 10 rebounds for the Vikings.

Glenelg's James McKenney (14 points) had a good night rebounding with 12.

Glenelg sank seven three-pointers, including three by Kevin Curtin (13 points), two by Earl Frazier (16 points) and two by Jeff Cline (10 points).

Glenelg, which shot 50 percent (18-for-36) from the floor through the first three quarters, made only three of 11 shots in the fourth quarter.

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