5 points in six overtimes adds up to win for Atholton

Howard notebook

January 14, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Can a total of five points during six overtimes win a basketball game? Not likely. Normally, five points in one overtime period is not enough to win.

But Atholton did the seemingly impossible last Friday against Glenelg. The Raiders scored just five points during six overtime periods and emerged as the 64-63 winner.

How did the Raiders do it? They let Glenelg sit back in its 2-3 zone and held the ball for the last shot -- in all but the second and sixth overtime periods.

"In the second overtime period, Glenelg went ahead by three points on a two-point basket and a free throw," Atholton coach Jim Albert said. "Then James Penamon hit a three-point shot for us to tie it.

"In the sixth overtime period, Glenelg got possession off the tap and made one of two free throws. And with 10 seconds left, Penamon made a five-footer off the glass and got fouled. He missed the free throw, and Glenelg threw one up off the iron at the end. Glenelg played extremely well and was well-coached."

Albert cited a couple of reasons why he elected to have his team hold the ball for one shot during the overtime periods.

"They wouldn't come out of their 2-3 zone, and we weren't shooting well and were in foul trouble," he said. "I felt it was up to Glenelg to come out, or we would play for one shot."

Atholton (8-2) held a 16-point lead in the first half, and was expected to defeat Glenelg (3-7). The lead dwindled to nine points by halftime. The Gladiators were led by Jeff Starcher (16 points), Brandon Robertson (13 points) and Eric Krausse (11 points) and battled back.

"We had to get away from our press, because we were in foul trouble," Albert said.

Ryan Lambert (20 points), Brian Boykins (17 points) and Penamon (14 points ) led the Raiders.

Atholton played a four-overtime game in 1983, losing to Hammond and the Dozier brothers.

Howard upsets Long Reach

If the six-overtime game wasn't proof enough that there was nearly a full moon last Friday night, Howard's 57-54 upset of Long Reach should have clinched it.

The Lions (5-5) had a losing record. Long Reach (6-4) was ranked No. 18 and playing before a big home crowd.

After hitting a three-pointer to start the second half, Long Reach led by 16 points, and appeared on its way to an easy victory. But as it did against Oakland Mills earlier in the week, Long Reach allowed the Lions to climb back into the game. This time, it cost them.

"Jabraille Jackson just took over and killed us," said Lightning coach Al Moraz. "He scored six points in the first half and 17 in the second half. I was impressed with him. He just started going after it."

Moraz said his team also suffered by going to the foul line only three times the entire game. Howard was 16-for-24 at the foul line.

"We've scored 80 percent of our points from the paint this season, so we've been looking for shooters. And Fisayo Oketunji got hot and hit three threes in the second half," Howard coach Craig O'Connell said. "We played good team defense and Jackson played well on the boards.

"The closer we got, the more excited we got. We started to believe. But they had two chances to tie."

Scorps upset Hammond

The week of upsets began Thursday when Oakland Mills (4-6) knocked off Hammond, 55-53.

Adam Barr (11 points) made the game-winner and turned into a three-point play by converting a free throw to give Oakland Mills a 55-53 lead.

Hammond (7-3) had possession under the Oakland Mills basket with four seconds left, but the Bears couldn't get off a shot.

Oakland Mills held a 32-29 lead at halftime off a 24-foot desperation shot by Allen Scott (10 points) at the buzzer. Murray Graves led Oakland Mills for the game with 20 points.

"Hammond built an eight-point lead in the third quarter and it was five or six points in the fourth quarter when we just made the plays at the end," Oakland Mills coach Dave Appleby said.

"We average 18 or 19 turnovers and made only 12 against Hammond. And we had seven steals, which is higher than normal. And it was the third straight game that we made more free throws than the other team shot. That offsets our turnovers.

"We're a good shooting team. We shoot 50 percent from two-point range and 45 percent from three-point range and 68 percent at the foul line. But we have a delicate balance. If our role players do well, we can compete and win."

Pub Date: 1/14/98

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