Mervo and Hatten shock Randallstown Their top scorer injured, No. 2 Rams fall, 64-47

Mayor's Basketball Academy

January 09, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Marcus Hatten scored 27 points and Keith Jenifer 17 as No. 8-ranked Mervo scored an upset 64-47 victory over No. 2 Randallstown last night in the second annual Mayor's Basketball Academy tournament at Coppin State University.

The Rams absorbed their first loss after eight victories and were without All-Metro Demon Brown, who injured a tendon in his shooting hand and, said coach Kim Rivers, is out "for four-to-six weeks."

"It's a big win for us and our school. Everyone came out and played hard," said Hatten, a 6-2 junior guard for Mervo. "Coach [Woody Williams] told us before the game that it's our third quarter that always kills us, but today we played it all the way through, got some nice runs and withstood their runs."

Brown's injury occurred during Wednesday night's rout of Overlea as he attempted a dunk. The Rams had little time to adjust to the absence of Brown, one of the leading scorers in the metro area.

Still, Randallstown battled valiantly early in the game, trailing only 12-10 after one period and getting scoring from four players. But the Mustangs (6-2) ran away with the game in the second period, piling up a 26-14 halftime lead.

"That second period was a big one for us," said Hatten. "I think if you look back it was the difference in the game."

Randallstown was within 34-26 after Lonnie Ramsey's three-pointer, but the Mustangs stretched their advantage to 14 (40-26) entering the final period.

The Rams contributed to their own demise by hitting only four of 11 free throws in the last quarter.

Alonzo Farley (13 points) completed a three-point play to bring the Rams to within 42-35 with 6: 25 to play. T. J. Stallings' layup with 4: 16 to play had Randallstown within 48-40, but the score did not change after Farley and Antonio Darden went a combined 0-for-4 in trips to the foul line. Hatten made them pay by sinking consecutive jumpers for a 12-point edge.

"Our free throws were lacking. I know I missed quite a few of them," said Farley. "We missed Demon. He's our leader, and he's like 40 percent of our offense. He's also the best free-throw shooter on our team."

Western 50, Dunbar 26

Latia Feln scored a game-high 14 points, including two three-pointers, as the No. 12-ranked Western girls spanked unranked Dunbar in an earlier Mayor's tournament game.

Western's Delena Deshields contributed eight more points, along with four steals, and Joy Gorham had seven rebounds, four steals, four points and three assists

They were among 12 of the 13 players on the Doves' roster to score as Western improved its record to 6-2. The Lady Poets fell to 5-4.

Sophomore Lakesha Wills (12 points, 13 rebounds) kept the Poets in the game during the first half and part of the third period, but the Doves' bench was simply too much for Dunbar's.

"We didn't get enough players involved," said Dunbar coach Wardell Selby. "The girls were just so nervous with this big crowd, and we had a lot of turnovers. But they played hard, and they're only going to get better."

Deshields had six of her eight points along with three steals in the first period as Western overcame Wills' hot start. Wills had a shot at the buzzer, but it hit the backboard and skimmed off the rim.

"She was a great player; she really fought hard on the boards," Dunbar coach Artie Uhlich said. "But I think going to our bench, our depth was the difference."

Pub Date: 1/09/98

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