1996-97 All-Harford County boys basketball

March 19, 1997|By John W. Stewart

Coach of the Year

Ron Petrey, Aberdeen: The Eagles lost only to St. Mary's in two overtimes in December and at Mount St. Joseph a month ago. They ran off strings of six, eight and eight wins before coming up short in its regional final, losing to Milford Mill, 64-58. The team had no real height to speak of, with 6 feet 3 for the tallest players being generous, but the team played tough defense and was strong in transition. It lost three starters from last year's state 2A finalist, but Petrey worked in some capable replacements, and got some quality time from the reserves. One of the key factors was "heart," as demonstrated in making up a 19-point second-half deficit in a regional win over Catonsville.

Player of the Year

James Smith, Aberdeen, 5-9, Sr., G: He averaged 10.8 points, was among the county's top 10 in three-point field-goal percentage; was first in assists, 8.1; and third in steals, 3.1. He was an aggressive defender and set the offense for a balanced starting five, guiding the Eagles to an unbeaten county record.

Player of the Year

Nick Triandafilou, Bel Air, 6-2 1/2 , Sr., G: He was the county's top scorer with a 23.9 average, and led in most field goals made and attempted. He had a high of 40 points in a loss at Aberdeen, and three other games in the 30's. He had the top free-throw percentage, 85, with the most made (136 of 160); was second in two-point field-goal percentage, 56; fourth in three-point percentage, 42; and averaged five rebounds and three steals.

The first team

Mike Griffin, Edgewood, 6-2, Sr., F: Second in the county in scoring, 20.3; he shot 52 percent from the field; had the most three-pointers made and attempted (73 of 189); was second in free-throw percentage, 79; and averaged four assists and 2.5 steals.

E.J. Henderson, Aberdeen, 6-3, Jr., F: He was fourth in scoring, 16.4; third in two-point field goals, shooting 55 percent; second in rebounds, 10.3. He sparked a regional win over Catonsville for a second straight year, and with senior Tommie Mims, was called upon to do a lot of the tough inside work against taller opponents.

Scott Rudolph, C.M. Wright, 6-5, Sr., C: He was among the county's top six scorers, 15.2; was first in two-point field goals at 66.1 percent, and first in rebounds with 11.7, including a county high of 149 at the defensive end. Teamed with senior Kory Smith to give the Mustangs a strong inside-outside punch.

Keith Winder, Edgewood, 5-11, Jr., G: He averaged 17.2 points ** and, with Griffin, gave the Rams the Nos. 2-3 scorers for the county's No. 1 scoring team (79.5). He made one-third of his three-point attempts, and shot 64 percent from the foul line. A state tournament entry for the fifth time in seven years, Edgewood lost only to Aberdeen (twice) in the county, and North East and Eleanor Roosevelt before January.

The second team: Kirk Forbes, Edgewood, 6-1, Sr., F; Tommie Mims, Aberdeen, 6-3, Sr., C; Will Quick, Harford Tech, Sr., F; Kory Smith, C.M. Wright, 5-11, Sr., G; Matt Timm, Fallston, 5-11, Sr., G.

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1997 All-Harford County boys and girls basketball and wrestling teams were selected by John W. Stewart after consulting with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Pub Date: 3/19/97

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