Southern-B figures out the Sabers

January 19, 1995|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

When a scheduling conflict forced No. 6 Southern-B to move its home game with No. 5 Southwestern to the Sabers' home court yesterday, it could have served as a bad omen.

The Bulldogs have lost their last two regular-season visits to Southwestern, including a 71-70 defeat that ruined a perfect season and a shot at the national championship.

But a key performer to their present -- John Hemsley and a possible key player to their future, Cornelius McMurry -- helped end Southern's misery in a 75-71 win in a Baltimore City 4A League game.

Hemsley, a 6-foot-5 junior swingman, and McMurry, a 6-0 freshman guard, each scored 20 points to lead the Bulldogs (6-4, 5-1). Donta Lloyd and Aaron Jolly each scored 20 to lead Southwestern (9-4, 3-2).

Jolly, whose 30-footer at the buzzer stunned the Bulldogs last season, was called for an intentional foul on Marlon Wise with Southern holding a 67-66 margin with 1:14 left. Wise converted both free throws and the Bulldogs retained possession.

Southern turned the ball over, but Ernie Evans missed a three-pointer that would have tied the game for Southwestern. The Bulldogs converted that miss into a Hemsley basket, extending their lead to 71-66 with 55 seconds left.

"We felt we owed them one," said Hemsley, one of four players left from last season's squad that finished No. 2 in the nation. "We struggled in the beginning, but in the second half, we stepped it up. A couple of people came off the bench and played good to help us win."

The biggest contributor was McMurry, who hit four three-pointers to follow the three he had in Southern's 79-77 loss to No. 1 Lake Clifton last Friday.

His final three-pointer with 4:48 left in regulation gave the Bulldogs a 59-58 advantage. After the Sabers went back in front, 62-61, McMurry followed two free throws by Shawnte Dukes with a steal and a layup, giving Southern a 65-62 lead with 2:19 left.

"Coming to Southwestern, we knew it would be hard because of the crowd trying to psych us out," said McMurry, whose team made 12-for-12 free throws in the fourth quarter. "We played hard, though, in the beginning, we were a little tense, but we got into the game."

"We made too many turnovers," said Southwestern coach Terry Leverett, whose team had 17 miscues. "We might have one or two kids that have that will to win, but we don't have that complete team determination that you need to win close games like we did last year."

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