No. 18 Mount Hebron rallies, upends No. 10 Oak. Mills, 68-66

January 28, 1995|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

No. 18 Mount Hebron rallied from a nine-point, fourth-quarter deficit to upset No. 10 Oakland Mills, 68-66, before a sellout crowd at Mount Hebron last night. Both teams had been 5-0 in league play.

Kevin Tonkins (18 points) led the rally by scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter. He tied the game at 60 and put the Vikings ahead for good at 62-60 by scoring off a rebound.

His effort was more impressive because he played much of the second half with four fouls.

Mount Hebron (11-3 overall, 6-0 league) made nine of 11 shots from the floor and 10 of 13 from the foul line in the fourth quarter when the Vikings outscored Oakland Mills 28-20.

It was the second straight comeback victory for the Vikings, who picked up where they left off last season when they were co-county champions with Atholton and beat Oakland Mills twice -- by three points and two points.

One of those wins featured a gymnasium-clearing brawl in which a Mount Hebron coach was assaulted and several players were later suspended. But there were no problems last night.

"We all just came together at the end when we needed to," Tonkins said. "Our comeback last week against Wilde Lake gave us confidence when we got down."

Kurt Jestes was held scoreless in the first half, as Mount Hebron trailed 32-25. But the senior guard, last season's Baltimore Sun Howard County Player of the Year, finished with 17 points. His two free throws with 10 seconds left gave his team a 68-63 lead.

"We ran our offense better in the second half and I played more aggressively," he said. "Kevin played an excellent game for us. He and Patrick [Ngongba] opened up the middle for us."

Ngongba, a 6-foot-7 preseason honorable-mention All-American, contributed 16 points and 16 rebounds and blocked three shots.

His driving layup with 34 seconds left put Mount Hebron up, 66-63. He also made a three-point play with 1:30 left that pulled the Vikings to within 60-59.

"We've worked a lot on conditioning," Vikings coach Scott Robinson said. "Our guys know they are in better shape in the fourth quarter. We also controlled the tempo and didn't get into a racehorse game with them."

A 13-point advantage at the foul line contributed to the victory. Mount Hebron made 16 of 23 and Oakland Mills (12-2, 5-1) three of 10.

Irving Conwell (24 points, 11 rebounds) took the blame for the loss because he made only one of five free throws in the fourth quarter.

Oakland Mills coach Dave Appleby said: "We didn't play badly. We got good looks but Ngongba just began to play inspired ball inside.'"

Oakland Mills used its superior quickness in the first quarter to wipe out a 9-4 Mount Hebron lead and go on a 13-point run. Oakland Mills made another nine-point run in the second quarter to go ahead 32-21.

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