Foul-plagued Scorpions stave off Glads, 72-68

January 25, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

When Irving Conwell left the game with his fourth foul two minutes into the third quarter yesterday, Oakland Mills held a 22-point lead over Glenelg and looked unbeatable on its home floor.

But the complexion of the game quickly changed.

Scorpion starter Mike Brown picked up his fourth foul a minute after Conwell, and Glenelg went on a 15-2 run.

By the time Conwell and Brown returned to start the fourth quarter, Oakland Mills' lead was down to nine points.

Conwell (23 points, eight rebounds) had to sink four free throws in the final 52 seconds to preserve a 72-68 victory.

"I couldn't play much defense in the fourth quarter because of the four fouls, but Glenelg did a good job on the boards. No. 5 [Tony Marchegiano] made good decisions at point guard, and No. 42 [Robin Davis] was real good on the boards," Conwell said. "I thought we were going to blow them out."

Oakland Mills scored the game's first 15 points and moved the ball well offensively.

"We've been playing well since the second half of the Loyola game [Saturday], especially our defense," Conwell said. "We got a wake-up call after losing to Centennial."

Oakland Mills (6-4 overall, 4-1 league) is expected to challenge for the county title.

"The first three minutes we got no calls [from the refs], and it put us in a huge hole," Glenelg coach Klaude Krannebitter said. "Then they finally started to blow the whistle."

Glenelg's game plan was to take the ball to the hoop and create fouls.

"The give-and-go to the basket is also the best way to beat their trap," Krannebitter said. "We shot below normal at the foul line [19-for-37] and that was the difference."

Davis led Glenelg (5-5, 1-4) with 17 points and 13 rebounds, but Steve Dulaney (14 points) and Scott Kotarba sank three-point shots in the closing 25 seconds to keep the pressure on Oakland Mills.

"We got in deep foul trouble and escaped," Oakland Mills coach Dave Appleby said.

"We were lucky to win. The last three quarters were indicative of how well Glenelg can play."

Brown and Fardan Carter each scored 10 points for Oakland Mills, and Kasey Canada played one of his best games of the season with 14 points and eight rebounds.

"Kasey caught the ball well tonight and went strong to the basket," Appleby said. "He helped us."

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