Owls struggle against Blair

January 12, 1995|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

Montgomery Blair's first possession was a good indication of the kind of night it was going to be for the Westminster Owls last night.

The Blazers had four other tries before Corey Young grabbed his own rebound, laid it in and was fouled.

It was apparent early the Blazers (7-1) simply had too much size and athletic ability for the Owls (1-9) to handle as Blair went home with a 73-58 win.

The Blazers scored the last 12 points of the first quarter.

Young (17 points), Plater Fritz (17) and Anwar Jordan (14) did LTC most of the damage, and a lot of it was done on second and third chances.

"We got hurt pretty bad on the boards," said Westminster coach Dave Byers. "I still think we played as hard tonight with as much intensity as we've played all year."

Montgomery Blair continued to dominate and put the game away in the second quarter. Malik Wilson's slam dunk was the highlight in the quarter, coming with 5:42 left and giving the Blazers a 26-8 lead.

The Blazers took a 38-19 lead into intermission, but the Owls didn't quit in the second half.

They got within 12 at 44-32 on a three-pointer from Chad Brown and a Mark Loscomb follow with just over three minutes to play in the third quarter.

But Montgomery Blair answered with the next seven points -- including a three from Paddy Taylor -- to restore order.

Westminster scored the final seven points of the third quarter on a three-pointer and layup from Justin Sholkoff (14 points) and a Derrick Brightful basket at the buzzer, but it was obvious what an uphill battle they were in.

"At halftime, we could have just thrown this one out, but to the kids' credit, they played hard and did some good things," Byers said.

"We handled their presure well in the second half and ran our offense much better. Steve Mays had a good all-around game and Justin [Sholkoff] did some nice things. Montgomery Blair is a very talented team and that's what competition is all about."

Byers talked about the struggles of going through an uncharacteristically poor season and how everyone has stayed with it. He said the Owls appeared ready to turn the corner a number of times only to come up just short.

"You can teach all the things and preach all the things, but until you see [results] on the scoreboard, it's hard to sell," he said. "It's tough being 1-9. Tough on me and especially tough on the kids. It takes a lot of gumption to come back and that's what we've done. It's a tribute to the kids."

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