Hammond falls short in semifinal Surrattsville too quick for Bears, 50-43

March 01, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

A narrow margin separated Hammond (16-9) and Surrattsville (17-7) in a Class 2A South region semifinal at Hammond last night.

It was Surrattsville's superior quickness, ability to take care of the ball and more aggressive offensive style that led to the Falcons' 50-43 victory.

They forced 17 Hammond turnovers while making just six themselves.

And they drove the lanes picking up fouls, going to the line 13 more times than Hammond.

"We played about as good as we can except for some stupid turnovers," Hammond center Karl Friedheim said. "We were trying to force the ball to spots.

"They came at us and were aggressive, and sometimes we took the open jumper instead of going to the basket and picking up a foul."

Friedheim grabbed 17 rebounds and scored eight points. Mike Bright led Hammond with 10 points.

Surrattsville, of Prince George's County, is used to playing an up-tempo style. Hammond slowed Surrattsville by playing a 2-3 zone.

"They dictated the tempo," Surrattsville coach Jim Butler said. "They were well-coached and scouted us well because they took away our strength, our inside game. It was null and void.

"And their offense was tough because they make so many passes they make you switch a lot."

The lead changed hands 12 times before Surrattsville's Kelvin Blackman (14 points) sank a three-point shot with six minutes to play that put his team ahead to stay, 38-37.

With five minutes to play and a 39-37 lead, Surrattsville went to a four-corner offense.

"We weren't going to shoot if we got the lead, because we wanted them to play man-for-man so we could go to our big guys," Butler said.

The move paid off as the Falcons ran off a lot of time and Hammond failed to create a turnover until 1:47 remained and Surrattsville was ahead, 43-39.

Hammond failed to convert after the turnover, and Surrattsville ran the clock down to 47 seconds before Hammond fouled.

Surrattsville's Marcus Farmer grabbed the rebound off a missed second shot by Earl Elam (18 points), and two more free throws by Blackman made it 46-39 with 23 seconds left.

A basket by Tommy Dispenza cut it to 46-41 with 23 seconds left, but Blackman and Elam each sank two free throws in the final 21 seconds.

Hammond out-rebounded Surrattsville, 41-24, as Tom Salkeld had eight, Mike Bright had six and Jerry Oliver had five.

"It's a shame we lost, but it's been a great season," Hammond coach Mike Mongelli said. "I couldn't have asked for any more from the kids. We were a disciplined team that cared about each other. That's chemistry. And that's why we stayed around all season."

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