Oakland Mills' Conwell shines in 70-50 win

January 18, 1995|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

It was a game to remember for Oakland Mills forward Irving Conwell.

Conwell, a 6-foot-3 junior, scored 26 points, grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds and made four steals in yesterday's 70-50 victory over Wilde Lake.

And his second-half defensive work on Will Edison shut down the Wildecats' chief offensive threat as he led the way for the No. 10 Scorpions (11-1 overall and 4-0 in the league).

"Yeah, I guess I played OK," Conwell said. "I knew Edison was good, but I didn't think he'd score all those points in the first half.

Edison (20 points) scored 17 points in the first half and sparked a second-quarter Wilde Lake rally. The Wildecats (5-6, 2-2) trailed 17-5 after one period due mainly to poor shooting. They sank just two of 13 first-period shots.

But Edison then scored 14 points in the second quarter to rally his team within five at halftime, 30-25. He scored on a free throw, two fast breaks, a drive, a layup off a long inbounds pass and a three-pointer.

"They stepped up their play in the second quarter and we got sloppy," Oakland Mills coach Dave Appleby said.

In the second half, however, Conwell guarded Edison and held him to three points.

"I just didn't get as many chances in the second half," said Edison, who was averaging 9.6 points. "And I missed three layups. We broke down in the third quarter and scored just nine points. We couldn't keep up with their press."

Conwell, averaging 20.1 points, scored 14 points in the first half and 12 in the second, and his emphatic dunk with three minutes to go ignited a round of cheers from the Oakland Mills fans.

Oakland Mills' first objective against visiting Wilde Lake was to get 6-foot-7 Wildecats center Carl Jackson, who was averaging 12.7 rebounds and 14.2 points, in foul trouble.

The Scorpions accomplished that objective quickly. Jackson drew two early fouls, then picked up his third with two minutes left in the first half and sat down. He fouled out with nearly five minutes left in the game.

Despite missing seven minutes, Jackson produced nine points, 18 rebounds and eight blocks.

But he missed too many close-range shots and turned the ball over several times.

Oakland Mills received strong efforts from most of its starters.

Mike Hill, who averages 23.3 points, scored 17, grabbed nine rebounds and made four steals.

Fardan Carter scored 14 points. Point guard Quan Davis, who averages 8.1 assists, made nine.

Both teams could have handled the ball better. Wilde Lake made 21 turnovers and Oakland Mills had 19.

And both teams could have shot better. Wilde Lake was 20-for-58 and Oakland Mills 24-for-68.

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