3rd-quarter run gets Mt. Hebron rolling 19-5 spurt helps Vikings top Oakland Mills, 65-50

February 19, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron put away Oakland Mills in the third quarter yesterday to win its eighth straight game, 65-50, and set up today's showdown with unbeaten rival Centennial.

The Vikings (8-12 overall, 8-9 league), who forfeited eight games this season, broke open a close game -- 31-31 at halftime -- with a 19-5 third-quarter run.

Eli Wishnivetski, Mount Hebron's 6-foot-4 exchange student from Sweden, scored 10 of his game-high 23 points in that period. He also pulled down nine rebounds.

"The second half is always our strongest half," Wishnivetski said. "We didn't look ahead, but came out big in the third quarter. We didn't want to lose our last home game.

"Jon Smith set some good picks for me and I was able to hit my shots. And Mike Stromberg and Pat Halter gave me good passes, so thanks to them I had a good game."

Stromberg had four assists, two steals and two rebounds in the third quarter, as his all-around game came to the fore. He didn't score in the period but finished the game with 15 points.

"We played unselfish basketball in the second half, made good passes and looked for layups," Vikings coach Scott Conroy said. "We also played good man-for-man defense. Our guards are good at anticipating steals."

Conroy had his Vikings show Oakland Mills a variety of defenses in the first half, including a triangle-and-two, a 2-3 zone and a trap, but he stuck with the man-for-man in the second half.

"We concentrated on taking away [Tony] Breland and [Murray] Graves in the first half," Conroy said. "Their guards played extremely well in the first half, but our guards took over in the second half."

Oakland Mills (11-10, 10-7) played without starting point guard Quan Davis, who was not in attendance. The Scorpions used Tom Brown to replace Davis.

Andrew Lutz came off the bench to sink three three-point baskets in the second quarter -- Oakland Mills' most productive period.

But in the third quarter, Oakland Mills made just two of eight

shots from the floor and committed four turnovers.

Mount Hebron out-rebounded Oakland Mills, 13-9, in the second half, led by Stromberg, Wishnivetski and Smith. Stromberg and Smith each had four rebounds that half and Wisnivetski three. Stromberg had nine rebounds for the game.

Graves led Oakland Mills with eight rebounds, but 6-foot-4 Breland had just two.

Glenelg Country 60, Arlington Baptist 40: Eric Greenberg and Pat Dennison combined for 30 points to lead the fourth-seeded Dragons (10-13) to victory in a first-round game of the MIAA C Conference playoffs. Garth DeAngelis added 11 points for Glenelg Country, which plays at Spalding today at 6 p.m.

Lutheran 70, Mount Carmel 58: Senior guard Michael McCoy led all scorers with 23 points as the homestanding, third-seeded Saints (9-10) set up a date in the MIAAC C semifinals 4: 45 today at Beth Tfiloh.

Pub Date: 2/19/97

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