Aberdeen runs past Fallston, 87-64

March 02, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

It wasn't apparent at the time, and it might appear insignificant in the wake of the team's highest point total of the season, but Aberdeen took charge of its Class 2A North region semifinal on the opening basket of the night.

Junior marksman Freddie Cole drilled a three-point shot; it got the home crowd into the game; and the Eagles soared to a 15-0 lead in the first four minutes of what turned out to be an 87-64 conquest of Fallston (13-6).

Aberdeen (15-5) is scheduled to play at Overlea in a semifinal game tomorrow night.

This was the Freddie and Hosea show, as Hosea Edwards, a solid player at both ends of the floor, and Cole meshed their games.

"They played super together," Aberdeen coach Ron Petrey said of the two starters. Cole finished with 20 points and Edwards 17.

At the finish, the home team had outside scoring from starters Jimmy Greene, the only other double-figure scorer with 12, plus Lamont Kerney,eight.

"Our team play was superb," Petrey said. "We were aggressive on defense -- early pressure created a series of baskets off forced turnovers -- and had the quickness for the transition."

Fallston coach Robin Hood knew it was coming.

"We have to force them to play a half-court game," he said before the game. Relying on a zone defense, he did not want to get caught in a running game, but that was the way it went.

"When they [Aberdeen] play like that, we can't stop them," Hood said afterward.

From 15-0 (Fallston had three shots in that same opening four-minute period), the Cougars got within 19-11, before Greene scored a buzzer-beating three-pointer for 22-11.

Again in the second quarter, Fallston, on the strength of its foul shooting (10 of 13), drew within six twice, the second at 33-27 on a three-point play by junior forward Rick Shearer at 2:15.

The rest of the quarter was Aberdeen's, with Petrey going to reserves Steve James, Mike Cromwell and Drason Anderson. Cromwell got a buzzer-beater, getting a pass from Edwards for an easy basket and a 39-27 score.

The Cougars hit the first two baskets of the third quarter, but it was all over after that.

Aberdeen, with Cole getting two inside baskets and two foul shots, and Green scoring from outside, increased the lead to 47-31.

The rest of it became a foul-shooting contest. Aberdeen finished of 44 and Fallston, 21 of 29.

For the Cougars, Kernan Kelly came alive with two three-pointers down the stretch and ended with 16 points.

The 6-foot-4 junior, able to go inside or out, finished with a team-high 16 points, including 8-for-8 at the foul line. Earlier in the season, he had one consecutive streak of 36.

Kelly was followed in scoring by Shearer, 14, and Dave Adam, 10.

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