St. Mary's needs 2 OTs to take Westminster title Saints rally in 2nd half, then top Aberdeen, 77-71

December 28, 1996|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

A three-point shot by D.J. Dauses gave St. Mary's the lead in the first 10 seconds of the second overtime, and the Saints hit free throws the rest of the way to earn a 77-71 victory over Aberdeen in the championship game of the Westminster Holiday Tournament last night.

For the second night in a row, St. Mary's (9-3) made up a 13-point deficit in regulation and Jamal Reed came off the bench to contribute clutch free throws, this time in the second overtime. It was Aberdeen's first loss after six victories.

In the consolation game, Westminster (6-3) thwarted a late rush by Urbana (1-6), 63-57.

Matt Treadwell, a slender 6-foot-9 St. Mary's junior, controlled the tip to start the second extra four-minute period, and Dauses, a 6-3 junior who finished with 25 points and the most valuable player award, promptly hit his three-pointer.

It gave the Annapolis school the lead for good, as Aberdeen went cold from the field (2-for-13), then wound up fouling at both ends of the court. Reed, whose foul shot had won Thursday night's game against Westminster, made seven of eight.

Both sides were slow getting started, going four minutes without a point. Then, E.J. Henderson's basket off a feed from James Smith sent Aberdeen in front, a lead it would hold until the final minute.

Scott Driscoll, a massive 6-6 senior, tied it at 54 with a foul shot, and Dauses sent his side ahead on a three-pointer with 28 seconds left. Two Driscoll free throws made it 59-56 with five seconds left, but Smith tied it with a 25-foot bank shot at the buzzer.

A Dauses 15-footer with a minute left in the first overtime tied it at 65, and both teams missed chances to win it at that point.

"The team bailed me out, because I called a timeout with six seconds left in regulation, when I just should have let the clock run," St. Mary's coach Roger Reed said. "They were killing us with their second and third shots into the third period, before we started doing a better job of limiting them inside."

Dauses said, "After last [Thursday] night, we weren't that concerned when we got down by 13, because we had already come back once and knew we could do it again. You just have to keep a positive frame of mind, and we get that from the coach."

Reed said Dauses has been consistent and Driscoll has worked on his game. "I believe they are two of the best in the county right now."

Smith led four double-figure Aberdeen scorers with 16, but for a second night in a row the foul shooting was horrid. The Eagles followed a 3-for-17 effort by going 2-for-10.

Pub Date: 12/28/96

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