Glen Burnie beats Meade with 1 second left, 62-61 Witherspoon's basket atones for turnover

January 18, 1996|By John Harris III | John Harris III,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Chris Witherspoon didn't have time to think about the turnover that nearly sealed No. 14 Glen Burnie's fate.

With 10 seconds left in last night's game against Meade, the Gophers were down 61-60 with one last possession. Damon Flamer took the inbounds pass and attempted a leaning jumper in traffic. His shot fell short and was inadvertently batted out to Witherspoon.

With one second left in regulation, the junior forward sank a fadeaway jumper inside the lane to give the visitors a 62-61 win.

"I just followed the shot and the ball came my way," said Witherspoon, who was stripped of the ball by Wes Riddick with less than a minute to play. "I wasn't thinking about the turnover. . . . we still had a chance to win the game."

Meade (6-5, 3-2 North Division) also had plenty of chances. The Mustangs forced the 14th lead change of the second half with 15 seconds left on a layup by Garnett Day (11 points).

"I think we stole one here tonight, we were lucky to get out of here with the win," said Glen Burnie coach Terry Bogle.

Glen Burnie's David Marcus, filling in at point guard because regular Terry Gaither had to attend night school, finished with 20 points. Teammate Desmond Dailey led with 23.

The Gophers (10-1,5-0) threatened to run away early in the first quarter, racing out to a 12-0 lead. Dailey scored eight during the spurt. An inside move by Riddick (10 points) broke the Mustangs' drought.

Glen Burnie maintained a double-figure lead midway through the second period before a 10-1 explosion, led by Deshawn Brown's six points. His baseline drive with 30 seconds remaining tied the score at 26.

Eli Thurman fouled Dailey while attempting a three-pointer just before intermission, but Dailey could convert only one of the three free throws, giving Glen Burnie a one-point lead.

Brown finished the game with a team-high 21 points. He considered the loss a moral victory.

"We really didn't lose that game. We played really hard," Brown said. "We didn't play good defense at first, but then the crowd started to get us back into it, and our defense helped our offense."

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