Warming trend continues for Vikings Hebron handles Atholton for easy 69-54 victory

February 13, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Because Mount Hebron had just one returning starter, it didn't figure to be one of the better teams in the league this season. And the Vikings lost their first five league games.

But suddenly they're the hottest team in the county, and yesterday's 69-54 victory over Atholton should have earned the Vikings a lot of respect.

It was Mount Hebron's sixth straight league win, and it ended Atholton's seven-game winning streak. It also knocked the No. 13 Raiders (12-5 overall, 9-2 league) out of a first-place tie with Centennial.

The Vikings (10-9, 6-5) never trailed and had four players reach double figures in scoring: Russell Drake (13 points), Mark Jordan (14 points), Jeff Haddaway (12 points) and Brad Bode (11 points). Mike Stromberg scored eight points.

Drake, a senior small forward and the only returning starter, played his best all-around game. He had 11 rebounds. He also had three assists, two steals and a blocked shot. He shot 7-for-8 at the foul line and scored his first dunk of the season.

"Russell has really played well the past four or five games," Vikings coach Scott Conroy said. "He has found his shot, he posted up well early in the game and he takes over the ball-handling when we're in trouble.

"He's also become a rebounding force."

Mount Hebron established a strong inside game, badly beating the Raiders on the boards.

"We didn't do a good job on the boards and have had trouble rebounding all season," said Atholton center Nat Watkins who scored just one point. "We let them dictate the flow, and they made shots I didn't think they could make."

Mount Hebron ran a patient motion offense, making six to eight passes nearly every time down the floor. Most of the baskets were on drives or layups.

"We've developed a nice chemistry, and we made Atholton work hard on defense," Jordan said. "We're also playing with more confidence in the fourth quarter after losing two games in overtime."

AIS championships

No. 7 McDonogh shot 56 percent from the field in beating No. 18 Severn, 73-48, for the AIS A Division championship last night at Loyola College's Reitz Arena.

The Eagles (17-5) opened the game with a six-point run and pushed their lead to 20 early in the second quarter. They shot 61 percent in the first half and outrebounded Severn, 31-11.

Freshman point guard Vicki Brick led the Eagles with 26 points.

Seton Keough's AIS edition won the B Division championship over Oldfields, 31-27.

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