Fallston's fourth-quarter spurt enough to beat Joppatowne, 64-58

January 21, 1995|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Fallston broke open a close game when it outscored visiting Joppatowne 8-2 in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter and later made six free throws in one stretch to set up a 64-58 Harford County League triumph last night.

The problems that Joppatowne (4-8, 0-6) has been having of late -- six straight county losses -- were present in the opening minutes of each of the four periods, but they were magnified in the final segment.

There, the Mariners had two turnovers and no shots in the first minute. They went on to miss six of their first seven from the field in falling behind 51-43 after making it a contest for three quarters.

Fallston (9-4, 3-2) started quickly, building an 8-4 lead, but then became lazy against a zone defense. The Cougars also got caught up in playing zone against a patient Joppatowne offense that worked its way to a 14-9 lead.

Three three-point baskets, two of them by senior reserve Chris Kalck, boosted the home side back into it, and Joppatowne went off at the break with a 26-25 margin.

Two Lamar Williams baskets and one by Alonzo McDowell helped the visitors get a tie at 35, but they were no closer than two the rest of the way.

"We play hard, but we don't make the big play when we have to," Joppatowne coach Mike Bauer said. "We have no depth [nine players dressed for the game], and we can't shoot free throws."

"At the start, it seemed like slow motion out there," said Fallston center Rich Shearer, with 20 points. "Jud Ryan, Kernan Kelly and I are the usual scorers, but if one is having an off-night, somebody else takes over. And even if our shooting is off, we feel we'll get a good free-throw night."

One who really came through was Kalck, who got his longest stretch of playing time this year and responded with 13 points.

Coach Robin Hood said, "We've been giving him more spot time of late. He's a good shooter, plays good defense and always hustles. He just hasn't had much game experience."

Shearer also spoke of some halftime adjustments. "We switched to man-to-man and that helped. It makes you box out and our rebounding was better," he said.

Hood said, "Normally, I wouldn't have changed because our zone should have been effective, but the players were sleepy and I had to get them running."

Fallston finished 19 of 30 from the foul line. It had the one good stretch to get out of danger in the middle of the fourth quarter, but in the final 100 seconds from a potential 10 points in one-and-one situations, the leaders got only two.

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