Bowie lifts North County to 61-60 upset of Arundel

January 25, 1996|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

After falling behind by double digits early, visiting North County spent most of last night trying to climb back into its game against No. 15 Arundel.

And once the Knights finally clawed their way to the summit, forward Maurice Bowie made certain the effort didn't go to waste.

Bowie first hit a three-pointer to tie the game with 1:26 left, then nailed the game-winning jumper with nine seconds to play as North County rallied from a 13-point deficit for a 61-60 win.

"It felt right," said Bowie, of his final basket of the game, a 15-footer that hit the front of the rim before falling in.

"This was just a big game for us. We lost a couple lately, and it feels good to win again."

There were several key contributors for the Knights (7-5), including Bowie (game-high 15 points), Derek Booth (14), Richard Allen (eight rebounds, three steals) and Randolph Brooks, who provided a spark off the bench with eight points and five rebounds.

After having lost close games to Northern, Glen Burnie and Broadneck, the win was huge for the Knights.

"We finally made some smart decisions at the end of a ballgame," said North County coach Brad Wilson.

"We'd been in these situations before, and that helped us. There's no quit in these guys."

For Arundel, however, the feeling was quite different.

After leading comfortably for the first 2 1/2 quarters, the Wildcats (8-4) were outscored, 23-15, over the final 14:22 while shooting 33 percent from the field.

"We haven't been able to put together four solid quarters, even when we beat Annapolis," said Arundel coach Gerald Moore.

"They wanted it more than we did. They turned their intensity up and we couldn't match it. They won, and they deserved it."

Early on, it seemed as if Arundel would run away with things.

Led by center Darnarian McCants, the Wildcats ran out to an 8-2 lead in the first 2:37 and extended it to 25-12 near the end of the quarter.

McCants had seven points, two rebounds and two blocks during the stretch, as Arundel took advantage of its superiority in the paint.

The Wildcats center, however, scored just two more points the rest of the way.

But after starting slowly, North County came on strong.

Trailing by 13, the Knights turned up their intensity on defense and went on a 14-3 run over the next 3:22 to pull within three 5:23 before halftime.

The hosts led, 41-34, at the break.

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