Oakland Mills handles Wilde Lake by 58-52 Wildecats can't stop Scorps' Conwell, Carter

Boys basketball

January 06, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Wilde Lake coach Paul Ellis knew that victory depended upon stopping Oakland Mills' Irving Conwell and Fardan Carter.

"We double-teamed Irving, but it didn't help, and Carter hit a couple of critical three-pointers in the clutch," Ellis said.

The result was a 58-52 Oakland Mills victory at Wilde Lake.

Conwell, after sitting out most of the second quarter in foul trouble, as the Wildecats built a 30-25 halftime lead, came to life in the second half.

He scored 17 of his game-high 21 points that half, including three straight baskets in the third quarter that lifted Oakland Mills from a 32-27 deficit to a 33-32 lead -- the Scorpions' first

lead of the game.

Conwell, who had seven rebounds, continued his rampage in the fourth quarter by scoring nine points, making two steals and grabbing two critical rebounds. Both rebounds came in the last two minutes.

He converted a three-point play that put Oakland Mills ahead, 50-44, with 5:10 to play. Then he came right back and jammed an exclamatory dunk to make it a 52-44 game.

Wilde Lake's 6-foot-8 Carl Jackson tried to keep the lid on for his team by scoring seven points in the fourth quarter. His inside move made it, 52-46.

But Conwell came up with two steals to keep the pressure on Wilde Lake. The first steal resulted in a Conwell layup and a 54-46 lead.

He finally showed he was human and missed the layup after his second steal.

Wilde Lake's Jeremy Young followed that with a three-pointer to make it 56-51 with 1:53 to play.

Wilde Lake (3-5 overall, 1-1 league) pulled within four on a Jackson free throw, but Conwell grabbed the missed free throw and fouled a reaching Jackson out of the game.

Conwell drew four of Jackson's five fouls.

Conwell's two free throws capped off the 58-52 victory.

"Conwell made some big plays for us down the stretch," Oakland Mills coach Dave Appleby said. "Iya Hemphill deserves credit for making a couple of big baskets and Carter had another good game."

Oakland Mills (4-2, 2-0) dominated the boards, 35-18. But the Scorpions didn't shoot as well as Wilde Lake, making only 23 of 62 shots. Wilde Lake was 23-for-50.

Jackson, who has a full basketball scholarship to Penn State, scored 15 points but was held to two rebounds. He had three assists, a steal and two blocked shots.

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