Carroll County basketballFreedom and Littlestown, Pa. were...


March 31, 1994|By Mike Nortrup

Carroll County basketball

Freedom and Littlestown, Pa. were the big winners in the newly formed Carroll County Area Boys Basketball League's postseason championship tournament.

Freedom (9-0 in the regular season) won three more times in taking the seventh-eighth grade divisional tourney.

It culminated that streak by beating Charles Carroll, 44-41, in the championship game.

The fifth-sixth grade divisional game saw New Windsor, which had placed only fourth in the regular season, knock off two teams and battle to the finals. There, however, New Windsor's dreams of championship ended, as it fell to Littlestown, 39-20.

Kyle Petry was New Windsor's leading scorer with 10 points.

New Windsor began the tourney with a 29-26 verdict over Mount Airy IV.

New Windsor center Jason Clinton anchored a strong defensive effort by clogging the middle and getting big rebounds. Guard Mike Landy also had a part on defense, hounding Mount Airy ballhandlers and stealing passes. Jeff Dowery and Kyle Petry paced the winners' attack with 10 points apiece.

New Windsor then had to battle back against a Mount Airy II team that led most of the game.

Mount Airy led, 18-10 at halftime, and 28-23 after three quarters. But New Windsor outscored its opponent, 11-4 in the fourth quarter to win, 34-32.

Dowery's three-pointer tied the game, 32-32, with a minute remaining. Then, with just 11 seconds left, he hit a rebound basket for the winning points. Dowery and Joshua Reese each scored 15 points for New Windsor. Matt Kershner led Mount Airy with 12 points; Bryan Lowry and Chase Mitchell each scored six.

In an early fifth-sixth grade division game, North Carroll, which finished second in the regular season with an 8-1 mark, battled back to beat Charles Carroll, 21-16.

Charles Carroll led 8-1 after the first quarter, and was still ahead, 8-6, at halftime. North Carroll, though, took control with an 15-8 spurt after intermission. Mark Campbell led a balanced North Carroll offense with four points. Charles Carroll's Jason Cross lad all scorers with 10.

Regular-season champ Mount Airy II beat Mount Airy III, 45-23, in another preliminary fifth-sixth grade game.

Chris Fink and Matt Kershner scored 16 and 14 points, respectively, for Mount Airy II (9-1 in the regular season). Steve Grabowsky scored seven points for Mount Airy III, and Sterling Eaton added six.

Seventh-eighth grade divisional champ Freedom opened the tournament with a 64-19 victory over Mount Airy III.

Matt Wilder scored 20 points for the winners, and Bryan Moody added 11. The two also contributed to the victory by controlling the boards.

New Windsor, however, almost brought Freedom's season to a end in the semifinal game.

It pulled to a 33-18 halftime lead. Freedom unleashed a second-half press that forced numerous turnovers, netted it numerous easy baskets and ate up the New Windsor lead.

Point guard Craig Rauser came off the bench in the second half. He and Nate McCullough were instrumental in the double-teaming Freedom press, stealing the ball numerous times and getting it to teammates. Wilder had 11 points for Freedom and Bobby Ward, eight.

Mike Null and Jason Meyers paced the New Windsor attack with 16 and 11 points, respectively. Meyers and center Steven Webb played excellent defense and were solid rebounders.

In the championship game, Freedom broke a 19-19 halftime tie and went on to top Charles Carroll, 44-41.

Freedom's Dave Bradshaw had a hand in several key steals late in the game, and chipped in with a big offensive rebound to keep his team ahead. McCullough had 11 points for Freedom, Wilder, seven, and Chas Smith, six.

Matt Whitestone led Charles Carroll with 12 points; Chris Mathias had 11. Mathias just missed a three-pointer at the buzzer that would have tied the game. Guard Derek Elliott played well defensively for Charles Carroll.

Charles Carroll beat Mount Airy II, 43-33, in its tournament opener. Mathias had 22 points for Charles Carroll and Whitestone, 11.

It then nipped North Carroll, 42-41, in an overtime game to qualify for the finals. Mathias's foul shot was the winning point.

Carroll men's basketball

* Unlimited A Division -- Sentinel Title nipped Now and Then Antiques, 82-80, to win the divisional postseason tournament championship.

Sentinel's Joe Novak led all scorers with 27 points, Rich Crosby added 22, and Jim Hersey, 18.

Bobby Briggs paced Now and Then with 23; Bobby Forenoff and Troy Warehime each contributed with 18.

In a preliminary game, S.F.A. knocked off Normandy Health and Fitness No. 2, 82-70.

Tom Magruder led the winners with 21 points. Terry Barnes and Paul Grier chipped in with 18 and 17, respectively. Normandy's Dan Lytwynee had a game-high 26 points and Jim Lupinek added 18.

Sentinel downed Action Refrigeration, 85-69, as Rich Crosby paced the winners with 27 points, and Jim Hersey tacked on 23. Joe Novak added 18 for Sentinel. Steve Lethbridge and Barry Angradi each scored 20 points for Action.

Now and Then nipped S.F.A., 89-88.

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