Wright puts it together in 56-40 victory over Bel Air

C. M.

January 05, 1995|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

C. Milton Wright and Bel Air both won holiday tournaments last week, but only Wright brought that same level of intensity to last night's Harford County League game.

The host Mustangs (4-4, 1-1) started slow but once they got the offense to go with their defense, they were able to control play at both ends of the floor, and rolled to a 56-40 victory.

Bel Air (4-4, 0-2) was within eight points going to the final four minutes, but could get only a free throw and a basket the rest of the way.

This was the third straight win for Wright (twice it held opponents to under 50 points), after a 1-4 start. However, two of the losses were by two points.

Last night, junior forward Duane Fisher stepped up, as he led Wright with 14 points. Last week, in the Dulaney tournament, Chris Rueckert, a 6-foot-7 senior, had 23 points against Loch Raven, and junior guard Pete Troilo, 20 against Hereford.

Down 15-9 after eight minutes, Wright used unselfish play (six scorers) in scoring 18 points and taking a 27-22 halftime lead. Fisher, who had eight points in the first half, and Rueckert split the 12-point third quarter with six points apiece.

After scoring only two baskets in the third quarter, Bel Air got three in a two-minute span halfway through the last quarter and was within 45-37. Chris Wilson and Rueckert answered with back-to-back baskets to seal the win.

"We struggled early in the year, but we have come on defensively in the last three games," said Wright coach George Constantine. "Offensively, we have been looking for each other, and I was proud of the fact we had assists on 21 of our 24 baskets."

Rueckert has become a force, too. He had a team-high 11 rebounds to go with 12 points, and seven of those rebounds came at the defensive end in the final segment.

The Bobcats had their best showing in the opening period, leading for the last five minutes. From there, however, the Mustangs went on a 14-2 run -- seven baskets by five players.

While Rueckert, his younger brother, Dave, a 6-4 junior, and Fisher were working inside, Troilo was working outside. Although he had only five points, the point guard had six assists and four steals and, perhaps most importantly, only one turnover for some 25 minutes.

For Bel Air, Nick Triandafilou, a sophomore guard who averaged 15 points in his three previous games, was held to eight points. Senior Mike Deal was the high man with nine.

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