Central runs over Aberdeen for 2A crown 82-64 defeat stops Eagles' win streak at 18

Boys basketball

March 10, 1996|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Central, seemingly able to play at only two levels -- run-and-gun and self-destruction -- put both on display last night in their 82-64 triumph over Aberdeen for the Class 2A championship at Cole Field House.

The Falcons (24-3) parlayed two first-half runs into a 13-point lead, but that was a mere warm-up for the three-minute clinic they put on in the third period.

Leading 42-32 one minute into the second half, the Prince George's County school went on a 14-0 spree, with its defense setting up many of the points.

Charles Alston, a 6-foot-6 center, finally got a fourth offensive rebound to go down; two blocked shots and two steals led to six points; Kevin Flood drove for one basket and converted an alley-oop pass from Karl Lipscomb (17 points, four assists) for another and when he added a free throw it was 56-32.

E. J. Henderson ended the Eagles' drought after taking a feed from Tommie Mims to make it 56-34 with 3: 40 left in the quarter. Mims then added six points to spark Aberdeen, as it rallied to within 60-47.

The Harford County champions (22-3) refused to go away, drawing to 68-61 on points by all five starters, as the game entered the last three minutes. It would be as close as they would get, ending an 18-game winning streak.

"I always felt we could get back in it," Aberdeen coach Ron Petrey said. "I wish we'd shot a little better percentage and been more under control, but the players gave it their all.

"Central is a very good rebounding team [it out-rebounded Aberdeen, 46-33, and had eight blocked shots], and I would like to have kept their score in the 70s. That way, I thought we could win it. But, I knew we'd have to play our best to do it."

TTC The Falcons had scored more than 90 six times, and had 89 in putting up a 17-point win over Class 4A finalist Northwestern-PG during the season.

Aberdeen junior guard James Smith, who had a big night Friday with 17 points and nine assists, had a rough go, trying to penetrate and then getting caught up in the air with no pass available.

The result was 0-for-8 from the field, and, as Petrey said, "Lipscomb hounded him like he has not been hounded all year. We just could not get the ball in the hands of our shooters enough."

Mims, a 6-2 junior, led the Eagles with 14 points and had eight rebounds. Senior Adam Vesely, the Eagles' scoring leader for much of the season, had 13 points. Seniors Gabe Neal and Mark Stevens had 11 each.

For Central, Flood scored 22 and Kershaw Frager 15. Alston contributed 10 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks.

Aberdeen was in position to build a solid lead in the first quarter, when it forced Central into six turnovers, but the best it could get was a one-point advantage.

The Eagles got it up to 18-14 before Central started the first of its two runs in the second quarter. The first was an 8-0 spurt as the Falcons built a 28-25 lead.

In the last three minutes of the half, the Falcons hit their stride, going on a 13-2 run to take a 41-27 lead at intermission.

* Cambridge-South Dorchester 71, Williamsport 51: Hanee Camper had 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists as Cambridge-South Dorchester jumped out to a 21-5 lead and went on to beat Williamsport (22-6) for the Class 1A state championship.

Trailing, 3-0, the Vikings (22-1) outscored the Wildcats 21-2 over the final 7: 28 of the first quarter to take command.

Pub Date: 3/10/96

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