Jourdan, Renfrow help turn around 7-2 North Harford

January 15, 1995|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Brock Jourdan and Ryan Renfrow were in middle school and already they were envisioning how they would one day resuscitate the boys basketball program at North Harford High.

"When we were in the seventh grade, we always said that when we got up here we were going to turn this program around," said Jourdan. "The last couple of years we had our doubts, but now we're finally playing as a team and everything is working out."

After watching their squad stumble to a 1-18 record last year, Jourdan and Renfrow finally are starting to see their dream become a reality.

The Hawks are 7-2, and players, coaches and supporters of North Harford basketball are glowing with optimism and pride.

"We're playing more as a team this year," said Renfrow, a 6-foot-2 forward averaging just over 19 points a game. "Last year we had 12 individuals, but this year we're a team of 10, that's our motto."

North Harford coach Spike Griffith has been preaching the team concept since his team's first practice in November, and Jourdan and Renfrow have become two of his most dedicated followers.

Renfrow, who averaged about 15 points a game last year as a sophomore, said he saw what was going on last year with teammates only worrying about individual stats. He wanted to say something, but didn't feel he had enough seniority.

"We forced a lot of shots last year and I tried to get the team attitude across, but I was only a sophomore and I didn't think it was my place to say something," said Renfrow. "I just went out and tried to play my game."

Jourdan, the Hawks' 6-foot junior point guard, was on the varsity last year but saw limited action.

"Brock was paying his dues last year," said Griffith. "Now, he's our coach on the court. He's a vocal leader with the ability to create opportunities for himself and other players."

Jourdan, who thrives on penetrating opposing defenses, is averaging 18.1 points a game, and he leads Harford County in three-point shooting accuracy, having hit eight of 12 from outside the arc for a .670 average. He also averages 4.6 assists a game and 4.3 steals.

Jourdan scored a career-high 22 points in a win over John Carroll in the John Carroll Christmas Tournament and he scored 20 in a victory over Elkton.

Renfrow, an honor student, can score from anywhere. In last Friday night's loss to Aberdeen, Renfrow demonstrated his rebounding ability, picking up the bulk of his 17 points on tip-ins and follows.

"He's our designated shooter, our go-to guy," said Griffith. "His ball-handling skills and leaping ability for a guy his size is scary."

Renfrow gave a similarly flattering description of Jourdan's game.

"Brock is a real quality player," he said. "I like having him as my point guard because he's quick enough that he can drive to the hoop or he can hit the outside shot."

While they may be North Harford's two leading scorers, Jourdan and Renfrow realize that each of the 10 players on their team fills a particular role. If either forgets that, Griffith is there to remind them.

"We're a team of 10," said Griffith, repeating his team's credo. "Everyone is making a contribution in their own way and I tell them all to leave their egos outside the gym. The kids all know that the only score that counts is the final score."

Seven times already this season, North Harford has been on the winning end of it.

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