Bad news comes in threes for 3 schools Howard notebook

January 21, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Howard, Glenelg and Wilde Lake have suffered a remarkable spate of tough basketball losses the past three games.

None of the three teams was expected to contend for a county title. But all three have given the contenders, such as Hammond, Long Reach and Atholton, some heated competition.

Here's a look at how each has fared:

Lions draw three technicals.

Howard's 65-63 loss to Oakland Mills on Friday night could be called a technical defeat.

The Lions (5-7 overall, 3-5 league) drew three technical fouls in the first half, including one before the game began -- for dunking during warm-ups.

"I've never seen that called before," said first-year Lions coach Craig O'Connell. "And both teams were warned about it."

Oakland Mills sank the two free throws and led 2-0 before the clock had ticked. Because the technical was assigned to the bench, O'Connell lost his standing privileges for the entire game and had to coach sitting down.

Despite that early technical, Howard recovered and jumped to a 10-2 lead.

"We've been playing hard, but we always hit a 45-second stretch when we give the ball away three times for layups, and we did that in both the first and second half against Oakland Mills," O'Connell said.

Two more technical fouls, one for hanging on the rim after a failed dunk, and one for slamming the ball on the floor after disputing a call by an official, also dragged the Lions down.

Still, Howard had possession and a chance to tie or win with six seconds left, but failed to get off a final shot.

It was the third straight tough loss for the Lions. They lost a 45-41 decision to Mount Hebron because they didn't shoot well.

Turnovers also have been hurting Howard. It made 23 against Mount Hebron and 24 against Oakland Mills.

Prior to the Oakland Mills and Mount Hebron losses, the Lions dropped a 57-54 decision to Long Reach.

Howard continues to receive excellent scoring from Jabraille Jackson, who had 22 against Oakland Mills, 19 against Mount Hebron and 23 against Long Reach.

Glenelg drops two in OT.

Glenelg's overtime loss to Long Reach on Friday was its second overtime defeat in eight days. The other was a six-overtime game against Atholton on Jan. 9.

At Long Reach, Glenelg (3-9, 1-7) led by eight points at halftime, but Long Reach tied it at 71 at the end of regulation. Glenelg had a final shot, but missed.

The Gladiators then went ahead 75-71 in overtime, but Shawn Green and Chris Smith each sank three-pointers for the Lightning, and Glenelg then made two straight turnovers as Long Reach pulled away.

"It came down to our inexperience at the end," first-year Glenelg coach Jeremy Snyder said. "Long Reach had six guys with at least four fouls, but only [Devin] Conwell fouled out. We drew seven charges from them."

Against Oakland Mills on Wednesday, the Gladiators were tied heading into the fourth quarter before losing, 75-64. "Murray Graves [37 points] just killed us on their offensive boards," Snyder said.

Turnovers plague Wilde Lake.

Wilde Lake (4-8, 2-6) dropped its third straight heart-breaker Friday, a 57-51 decision to Hammond.

The Wildecats led at halftime, 24-17, before Hammond's defense took control in the second half.

"We had 19 steals, most of them in the second half," Hammond coach Mark Murray said. Jamar Wise scored 19 points and had six steals, and David Hines scored 12 points and had six steals for the Bears.

"Ultimately, it was turnovers that hurt Wilde Lake," Murray said. "Wise made three straight steals and scores with two minutes left that changed the whole momentum. Take away those three steals, and Wilde Lake probably wins."

Murray praised Wilde Lake's defense. "It was the strongest man-for-man we've seen all season. They contested every shot."

Wilde Lake also lost last Wednesday to Atholton, 59-56, after leading by 14 points at halftime.

On Jan. 9, the Wildecats led Centennial by three points at halftime but lost, 50-36, after a torrid fourth-quarter shooting streak by the Eagles.

Glenelg Country plays Park

In a key matchup Friday, Glenelg Country School plays Park. Both are 3-0 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C League and tied for first place in their division.

The Dragons are 11-1 overall, and are led by Eric Greenberg and Garth DeAngelis. Greenberg averages 15 points, three rebounds and three assists. DeAngelis averages 12 points, six rebounds and five assists. The Dragons are giving up only 37 points per game.

Pub Date: 1/21/98

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