Blake breaks out, sparks Chesapeake rout Junior forward's 17 points, 11 rebounds foil Sev. Park in Pascal final, 53-38

Boys basketball

January 04, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It was coming-out night for Chesapeake's Travis Blake and, according to his coach, the best is yet to come.

Blake, a 6-foot-5 junior forward, had game-high totals of 17 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks as the host Cougars won the Bob Pascal Tournament, 53-38, over Severna Park last night.

Ryan Plews added 14 points (all in first half) and defensive specialist Jason Gogolinski held Severna Park's Matt Briggs to just two points. Briggs scored 31 the night before in a 77-66 win over St. Mary's.

When people talk about the Chesapeake surge under John Spinnenweber the past two seasons, the first name they mention is senior Ray Wagner, the team's leading scorer and rebounder.

Last night the Cougars proved they are not a one-man team -- Wagner had only seven points -- and the name Travis Blake is not to be left out.

"So far this season he has not played up to his potential, but tonight you could see what he's capable of," said Spinnenweber.

"He makes us a whole lot better with the things he can do and I think tonight was just a glimpse of what he can do for us. He takes a lot of pressure off Ray [Wagner]."

Chesapeake (6-1) turned a 25-21 halftime score into a rout as Blake stepped it up with 13 points, eight boards and the four blocks in the second half.

"At the half we realized, hey we're up by four and Ray has only three points," said Spinnenweber. "And then Travis came alive."

Blake's four points, six rebounds and three blocks led a 12-0 third-period run that enabled the Cougars to coast the rest of the way.

A JV player the last two seasons, Blake got his first two starts of the season in the tournament. After a nine-point effort in a 72-50 romp over Northeast the first night, Blake came up huge in the final.

"I played my game and did what I had to do," said Blake. "When my teammates are down, I've got to step it up."

Blake put on a show in the second half. While Severna Park (2-5) missed 15 straight shots from the floor and was held scoreless in the third period, Blake created havoc.

A putback and fall-away jumper got him four third-period points. Then, in the last eight minutes, Blake had his first of two big-time jams. Damien Moulden stole the ball from the Falcons, but missed a lay-up before Blake came sailing through the lane and slammed it. Blake bent the rim, which the referee had to push back into place.

An ensuing left-handed lay-in was followed by another rim-bending slam from Blake, but he was called for hanging on the rim this time.

Blake capped his big night with a free throw and a soft jumper from about 12 feet.

Before Blake erupted, Plews took care of business in the first half while the Falcons' Greg Korwek stopped Wagner. Korwek led Severna Park with 13 points, six boards and three blocks.

The two teams battled to a 12-12 first period as the referees let them play and didn't call touch fouls. Plews took over for the Cougars in the second period, scoring nine of his 14 first-half points for the 25-21 lead at the break.

Korwek's seven first-half points kept the Falcons close while Briggs and Ayub Ali (21 points night before) were neutralized.

"The job that [Gogolinski] and Damien did on those guys was remarkable," said Spinnenweber.

Nate Jennings was the only other player in double figures with 10 points, and he added six rebounds.

In taking a 65-58 consolation-game victory over Northeast (1-6), St. Mary's got a game-high 21 points from 6-foot-10 Matt Treadwell 13 from D. J. Dauses.

The game was tied with 50 seconds left before the Saints pulled away from the Eagles, who got 17 points from Chris Pack and 15 from Ryan George.

Pub Date: 1/04/98

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