Crawmer lifts Key to victory in overtime

January 31, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Mike Crawmer did some of his best work of the season in last night's first quarter against visiting Williamsport.

The Francis Scott Key senior still had plenty left for overtime.

In between was a solid all-around effort from the Eagles that enabled them to come away with a 62-60 overtime win against Williamsport.

Crawmer led the way with 25 points -- 15 in the first quarter and six more in the extra session -- as the Eagles (8-7, 5-6 in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League) won for the third time in four games.

The Eagles led throughout until the fourth quarter and needed a driving layup from senior guard Robbie Green (13 points) with 35 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime.

Crawmer, who was well-guarded after the big first quarter, took over once again in overtime. He hit a scoop with 2:30 left to give the Eagles a 58-56 lead. After Andy Artz tied the score at 58 with a basket inside for Williamsport, Crawmer bounced out to hit a jumper with 1:02 left to give the Eagles another two-point lead.

Williamsport (10-4, 8-3 in the MVAL) answered once again with a Chad Secrest basket before Crawmer hit two free throws on a one-and-one opportunity with 24 seconds left.

Williamsport had two more chances from there, but missed two free throws and a three-pointer in the closing seconds.

"I figured I had to take control in overtime and do what I could, whether it be shooting or trying to help set someone else up," Crawmer said. "I kind of floated some in the second and third quarters. They played some good defense and it was tough getting the ball, but everyone else really picked it up. This was huge and shows we can play with anyone in the league."

The Wildcats came into the game tied atop the Monocacy Valley Athletic League, but the Eagles didn't seem fazed.

Crawmer scored the first seven points -- starting with a three-pointer shortly after the opening tip -- later hit another three and closed the quarter setting up Green for a three at the buzzer, giving the Eagles a 22-11 lead.

The Wildcats got back in the game with some strong inside play from Artz (20 points) and solid defense that disrupted the Key flow.

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