Southern racks fifth win in row, tops Meade

January 31, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

And now it's five victories in a row now for a Southern team that made its debut in the Top 20 two days ago at No. 19.

"If you look at these guys, you wouldn't believe they could play a lick," said Southern coach Tom Albright in the locker room moments after the 2A Bulldogs had turned back 4A Meade, 61-53, last night at Meade.

"These kids leave their hearts on the floor, adjust to game situations, value the basketball and don't get upset when I yell at them. They are a fun group to coach."

In a sports era where dedication to the game is often questioned by coaches, Albright admits he is becoming infatuated with this season's team.

"I'd compare this team to the 1983 state championship team we had here," he said. "They have a lot of class and never worry much about things like rankings or personal stats. They just play the game."

However, the Southern players said they were elated over being ranked 19th and ribbed Albright a little about playing down the newly gained ranking.

"Honestly, I haven't seen the paper yet and these guys didn't tell me," said Albright, the veteran of 31 years as coach of the Southern Bulldogs and the winningest high school coach in the history of Anne Arundel County (447-256).

It was the second straight victory over a 4A school for Southern (10-5, 7-3 in the South Division), coming on the heels of a 43-42 upset over then-No. 13 Glen Burnie last Friday night.

Matt Thomas, a 6-foot-5 center, won the Glen Burnie game with a 15-foot jumper and he scored 16 points last night to share scoring honors with Scott Crandell (16).

Scott's brother, Jeff, had 10 for the Bulldogs, who broke the game open with a 16-2 run late in the third quarter and early in the fourth.

Meade (8-8, 6-5 in the North Division) was down, 35-34, with 3:31 left in the third quarter when Southern went on the 16-2 tear that was led by Scott Crandell and Adam Booth, who each scored six points in the spurt. Booth hit two three-point jumpers.

After losing three close games in two weeks, Meade disintegrated last night with many mistakes.

Wes Riddick led the Mustangs with 15 points.

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