No. 20 Glen Burnie withstands pressure to edge No. 16 Arundel

January 31, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

No. 16 Arundel (10-5) went into No. 20 Glen Burnie (12-3) last night needing to overcome mistakes with the heat on, but it was the host Gophers who shed the pressures of a two-game slide to post a 51-50 victory.

Down by nine points with just over four minutes to go, the Gophers used a full-court pressure defense to force six turnovers and got seven of Desmond Dailey's 16 points down the stretch.

Lenny Holmes (16 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks) hit a basket with 1:30 left to bring the Gophers within 48-46 before Dailey's three put them over the top at 49-48 with 1:12 remaining.

Terry Gaither's two free throws in the final 30 seconds provided the margin of victory to withstand a near three-pointer by Erik Lipton (six points, four assists) that fell for two with 18 seconds left. Jamell Miller's hurried shot with time running out fell short.

"The kids refused to lose this game. We've been struggling and really needed this win," said Gopher coach Terry Bogle.

Arundel let an 11-point lead in the third period slip away, regained the lead and had a nine-point lead with 4:12 remaining.

"We can't handle the pressure at the end, that's all there is to it, " said Arundel coach Gerald Moore. "We did the same thing against North County [one-point loss] last week, missing chances at the end of the game. That comes from having a young team and Glen Burnie took it from us at the end."

Dailey, who had only two points in the first half, started with a three and scored seven points as the Gophers went on a 12-1 run late in the third period to tie the game at 33. Arundel regained the lead on two free throws by Jim Todd and took charge in the opening minutes of the final period.

After Holmes started the final session with a two underneath, Darnerian McCants (15 points, nine boards,three steals) scored six of his points, Joe Parker (eight points, three assists) and Miller (11 points, nine rebounds) hit a pair for a 47-38 Arundel lead.

After Dailey's second three of the game and Gaither's two from the stripe, Lipton launched a jumper just inside the three-point arc to cut it to 51-50 with 18 seconds left. Arundel got one final chance with four seconds left.

Lipton, passed to Miller at the top of the key, and Miller dribbled twice before just missing the shot.

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