Aberdeen wins squeaker over Havre de Grace

January 24, 1996|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

From the opening minute, when there were two lead changes, it was as though last night's Aberdeen at Havre de Grace game was destined to hinge on the final shot.

When Sentell Lambert's shot from 17 feet missed the front rim and went out of bounds with 2.5 seconds left, it was the last gasp for Havre de Grace, and No. 17 Aberdeen (8-2, 2-1) had a 60-57 Harford County League victory.

Mark Stevens, rated Aberdeen's best defensive player, had one of his better offensive efforts, particularly in the last minute when his basket off an interception, and a later free throw gave the visitors a 59-55 lead with 28 seconds left.

Billy Jackson missed a free throw, but converted a steal to make it 59-57 with nine seconds left to keep the Warriors (7-3, 2-2) alive. E.J. Henderson made a free throw and then Lambert could not get his shot to go down.

It was a fast-paced game that resulted in steals and unforced turnovers to go with some fancy play making and shot making.

"We would have liked it a tad slower," said Aberdeen coach Ron Petrey. "We seem to play bigger and are able to do a better defensive job when it isn't so quick.

"They got us in their up-and-down game. We don't mind that, but we want to be able to dictate the tempo. And we missed some free throws [four in the last 69 seconds] down the stretch.

For the game, there were 16 ties and 13 lead changes, with Aberdeen's widest margin the one it had at the end. Havre de Grace led once by five in the second quarter, by four in the third, and by three going to the last quarter, but it was see-saw from there.

Havre de Grace coach George Leonard said, "I'm really pleased with the way we played. They gave a great effort."

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