Westminster deals Liberty an 85-64 loss Second half marred by fouls, four ejections

Boys basketball

February 03, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The Westminster Owls will prefer to remember the first half of their 85-64 win over Carroll County rival Liberty last night in Eldersburg.

Senior center Matt Laczkowski took over from the inside and outside, hitting for 19 of his game-high 27 points, including two three-pointers.

Sophomore point guard Desmond Esteves ran the offense flawlessly, penetrating and creating for others as seven Owls scored in the first quarter alone.

His backcourt mate, sophomore Billy Mays, didn't want to be left out, hitting three three-pointers from the left side late in the second quarter to help the Owls build a 43-24 halftime lead.

The flow of the game changed in the second half, marred by four ejections on flagrant foul calls in the third quarter and a fourth quarter spent at the free-throw line.

The Owls (5-10, 2-0 in Carroll County play) went into the second half having shot three free throws. By game's end, the total was 36.

The Lions (7-8, 1-2) got to the line 32 times.

"From our perspective, it was a good first half. We really shot the ball well from the outside with Matt and Billy, and Desmond did a great job making the offense work with his penetration," said Westminster coach Dave Byers.

The Owls started to pull away late in the first quarter with a 9-2 run to take a 21-14 lead.

Esteves fed three different teammates -- including a no-look pass to Mike DePinto to give the Owls the lead for good at 14-12. Laczkowski hit his first three-pointer with 44 seconds left and Taiwan Veney scored on a putback at the buzzer.

After Laczkowski and Mike Recek hit threes early in the second quarter, Mays (15 points) took over from outside with three threes -- his last giving the Owls a 40-24 lead with 1:48 left in the half. Tim Frame gave the Owls their sixth three-pointer of the quarter to push the lead to 43-24.

The third quarter had two separate incidents with the game's two starting point guards -- Liberty's James Lee and Esteves -- ejected with 6:39 left and Liberty's Luke Vriezen and DePinto removed from the game with 4:47 left.

All four players also will be suspended for the next game.

Every Liberty player got in the scoring column with Tyrone Ellis leading the way with 17.

Nine Westminster players scored with four players reaching double figures.

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