Mihalko provides spark for South Carroll victory BOYS BASKETBALL

January 04, 1995|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

The South Carroll Cavaliers were in dire need of a spark when coach Jim Carnes called timeout with 3:12 left in the third quarter last night against visiting Linganore.

Shortly after, senior guard Greg Mihalko provided the boost.

Mihalko hit two three-pointers late in the third to give the Cavaliers life and they went on to a 52-43 win over Linganore in a game that featured as many turnovers and missed shots as points.

Mihalko's first three -- coming with three minutes remaining in the third -- were the first points for the Cavaliers in the second half and got them within six of the Lancers at 35-29.

It also started a 13-0 run that stretched midway through the fourth quarter.

"I took Greg off the point and put John [Eaton] there to free Greg up to shoot on the wings," Carnes said.

"Greg hit those threes and it got us back in the game. It looked like the game was pretty much over with [Linganore] pulling away while we were stinking up the joint. That really gave us a lift."

With the Cavaliers (2-6) trailing 35-32 going into the fourth, Bryce Baker drove the baseline to get them within one.

Dan Wroten took a feed inside from Baker for another two and Matt McGrane converted a three-point play with 5:16 left to give the Cavs a 39-35 lead.

Linganore's Brent Roberts finally ended the scoring slump for the Lancers with 4:51 left, but they continued to struggle and wouldn't get another basket until the 1:06 mark.

Some tight man-to-man defense and strong rebounding also helped turn things around for the Cavaliers.

The game was filled with scoring droughts.

McGrane scored on the Cavaliers' second possession of the game, but didn't score again until the 3:01 mark of the first quarter.

Linganore was unable to take complete advantage, mustering only one point of its own during the stretch and South Carroll eventually got on track somewhat to take a 10-8 lead after one.

McGrane (23 points) had six in the quarter and finished the night 13 of 16 from the line.

Neither team could build more than a three-point lead in a second quarter that ended tied at 26.

The Cavaliers continually tried to get the ball inside with little success and weren't hitting from the outside until Mihalko got hot.

"They took away our inside game and we didn't get to our other options," Carnes said.

"It wasn't a real enjoyable game to watch. They play really patient on offense where we're better off running."

McGrane was the only Cavalier in double digits with Baker adding eight and Mihalko seven.

Chris Moran had 17 to lead the Lancers.

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