Slumping Arundel finds some answers against Meade, 69-51 Lipton's 14 points spark No. 16 Wildcats

February 01, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

A team still searching for an identity.

That best describes the No. 16 Arundel team these days.

The Wildcats continued to flounder a little last night but they had more than enough weapons to romp past Meade, 69-51, in a neighborhood battle at Meade that didn't come close to living up to its advance billing.

A 12-3 run by Arundel (11-5, 8-4 in the South Division) late in the first quarter and early in the second quarter gave the visitors a 19-7 lead and they were never seriously threatened by the fading Mustangs (8-9, 6-6 in the North Division) the rest of the evening.

Bill Clyborn's three-point jumper with seven minutes left in the second quarter completed the early Arundel surge that also included a three-pointer by Rob Fannon.

Fannon was starting in place of Joe Parker at guard for Arundel as coach Gerald Moore continues to search for the right combination.

"It's going to come for us," said Moore. "I hope we peak late. Everybody says we're a young team but we're not. We're just inexperienced.

"There comes a time when some of the guys who are playing have to sit down and watch what we're supposed to be doing."

The Wildcats have not performed up to expectations since playing Calvert Hall tough in a season-opening loss and beating Annapolis.

Arundel lost, 51-50, to Glen Burnie Tuesday night and was upset by North County last week.

"I think we're better than those two teams but we lost those games in the fourth quarter," said Moore. "That's why we've been stressing our play in the fourth quarter lately. We've been talking about the mistakes we make at the end of games."

Some of his message about the fourth quarter must have gotten through to the Arundel players, as they played some of their best basketball down the stretch.

Erik Lipton and Darnerian McCants both made beautiful passes in the final three minutes of the game, producing easy layups for Jamell Miller and R. J. Farmer.

Lipton led Arundel with 14 points, McCants had 11 and Miller and Jim Todd each scored 10.

For Miller, it was a homecoming of sorts as he returned to the school where he played basketball as a sophomore last year.

"I was a little more excited than usual," said Miller. "Going against my friends made it a special game. You can never underestimate a Meade basketball team."

The Mustangs were led by Wes Riddick's 11 points, and Deshawn Brown had 10.

Said Meade coach Butch Young: "We can't shoot from the outside and teams are packing down inside on us because of that. I thought we had good looks at the basket tonight but we still couldn't hit the shots."

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