Hebron rips Hammond for share of title

March 08, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Steve Dohler, a senior forward who led Mount Hebron in assists, never doubted that the Vikings would win a county championship this season.

"I got really upset when two guys on the Cable 8 sports channel picked us to finish seventh," Dohler said. "I told them I'd invite them to our victory party."

Nineteenth-ranked Mount Hebron (18-5, 10-4) claimed that championship -- a title it shares with Atholton (also 10-4 in the league) -- by crushing Hammond yesterday at Mount Hebron in a make-up game, 88-57.

Hammond (7-15, 5-9) played the game without its two stars, Irving Conwell and Devon Montoute, both of whom were dismissed from the team earlier this season for disciplinary reasons.

Mount Hebron played substitutes almost the entire second half and still maintained a 30-point lead.

Three straight baskets by Hammond's Charles Chapman (24 points) did cut Mount Hebron's lead from 17-7 to 17-13 early in the second quarter.

But Mount Hebron then went on a 12-point run on two layups apiece by Dohler (14 points), Kurtis Jestes (12 points) and Kevin Tonkins (eight points) to establish a 16-point lead that never was threatened.

Patrick Ngongba (14 points, nine rebounds), Mount Hebron's 6-foot-6 junior center from the Central African Republic who served as a catalyst for his team's success this season, dunked on the final shot of the first half to make it 44-21.

Hammond was beaten soundly on the boards in the first half, and Mount Hebron shot well (16-for-30) from the field. The Vikings were 27-for-37 from the free-throw line.

Senior point guard Mark Jensen, one of the team's two premier three-point shooters along with Jestes, had doubts about how ++ Mount Hebron would do this season.

"I thought maybe we'd go about .500 in the county, but then we got Patrick [Ngongba] and he made the difference," Jensen said.

Vikings coach Scott Robinson, who didn't think in preseason that his team would finish first, pointed to Jensen as a major reason for the team's success.

"When the season started, our biggest question mark was at point guard," Robinson said, "but Mark Jensen did a great job. All the kids deserve credit for working hard."

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