Hill, Conwell lift Oakland Mills to win 2A SOUTH BOYS

March 02, 1995|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Special to The Sun

Oakland Mills possesses a rare basketball commodity with two scorers averaging 20 or more points.

Scorpion senior forward Mike Hill averages 22 and junior guard Irving Conwell adds an even 20.

In last night's Class 2A South region semifinal against Surrattsville, the 14th-ranked Scorpions exploited the offensive explosiveness of Hill and Conwell as they combined for 49 points to lead the second-seed hosts past the sixth-seed Hornets of Prince George's County, 71-65.

Oakland Mills (20-3) will play host to Glenelg, a 62-58 upset winner over county champion Atholton, in tomorrow's regional final at 7 p.m.

Oakland Mills had to survive poor foul shooting (15 of 31) and Surrattsville's overall team quickness that rallied the Hornets (8-13) from a 13-point, second-half deficit to pull within 59-57 with 4:27 to play.

Surrattsville's fourth-quarter run at Oakland Mills was paced by senior guard Reggie Washington, who recorded 14 of his 22 points in the second half.

Moments before Surrattsville senior Dwayne Davis notched his only point to close the lead to two, Conwell picked up his fourth foul with 4:54 to go. The decision to take Conwell out of the game quickly entered and exited Scorpion coach Dave Appleby's mind.

"Irving's ability to remain in the game was the big difference because if he picks up his fifth foul, we're in trouble," Appleby said.

While Oakland Mills struggled overall from the foul line in the fourth quarter (eight of 19), Conwell converted four of five down the stretch and managed to foul out Surrattsville's main inside threat in junior Marcus Farmer (16 points, 11 rebounds).

"Irving hit his free throws and was able to help us hold on to the ball," said Hill, whose 29 points (10 rebounds) pushed him over the 500-point mark for the season (513).

Besides Conwell (20 points), Appleby praised the jobs that seniors Matt Wichita and Tony Howard (seven points, eight rebounds) did defensively, holding the Hornets' top scoring threat Dwayne Brown, who had 29 points in an upset win over Potomac Monday, to six points.

"Those two guys and Quan Davis as usual did the job against the quickest team we've played all season," Appleby said.

Oakland Mills used an 11-2 run to close the second quarter. The Scorpions received key contributions from the bench during the stretch with senior Shawn Hill tallying four points and junior forward John Sunderdick taking a charge to thwart an easy layup for the Hornets.

Michael Hill's three-pointer with two seconds left in the second -- quarter closed the Scorpions' scoring spurt, giving the hosts a 37-24 halftime lead.

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