Conwell fuels L. Reach triumph Forward scores 20, grabs 12 rebounds in leading 59-56 defeat of Atholton

Boys basketball

January 25, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Sophomore Devin Conwell of Long Reach showed yesterday why he made first-team all-county as a freshman.

The Lightning forward scored 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, had five steals and held Atholton's leading scorer, Brian Boykins, to nine points.

Conwell's effort, and two free throws by sophomore Tally White with eight seconds left, produced a 59-56 victory over visiting No. 18-ranked Atholton. The loss dropped the Raiders (10-3 overall, 7-2 league) out of a first-place tie with Hammond.

"The good ones rise in the big games and Conwell did that," Atholton coach Jim Albert said. "Long Reach killed us on their offensive boards, and that was the deciding factor. They are a seasoned team and did a great job."

Conwell held Boykins to a 2-for-10 shooting effort, although Boykins did have seven rebounds and blocked seven shots.

"We play together on the same AAU team and I think I had him frustrated," Conwell said about Boykins. "He wasn't playing his game. I ran the floor much better than I have been, and got the ball more. We crashed the boards harder today, and our guards went after the ball harder than normal. We've been in a slump."

Atholton's Jason Allmond led the Raiders with 15 points.

Ken Waters (eight points), who played in place of normal starter Shawn Green (flu), and Turon Kosh (three points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals), played well for the Lightning, which had 12 steals.

Atholton sank four three-point shots in the first quarter to build a 20-15 lead.

But Atholton's shooting cooled in the second quarter when the Raiders were 3-for-12 from the field. And Long Reach (8-5, 7-2) led at the half, 34-32, despite shooting 2-for-11 at the foul line.

The lead changed hands seven times in the third quarter. But Atholton led, 48-45, heading into the fourth quarter.

Long Reach's Chris Smith, who scored 15 points, had six assists and three steals, tied it at 54 on a three-pointer with 3: 16 to play.

Smith put Long Reach ahead, 56-54, with 1: 26 left. Allmond tied it 56-56 with 48 seconds left.

Then White (nine points, five rebounds) rebounded a missed Atholton shot, was fouled, and made both free throws with eight seconds left.

"I was just thinking about winning," White said. "The Atholton fans got loud and they thought I'd miss."

Atholton had a chance to tie with two seconds left. But Eddie Lopez missed his first free throw, and Conwell rebounded Lopez's deliberate miss on the second shot. Conwell was fouled with one second left, and made one of two free throws for the game's final point.

"Our plan was to stop Boykins and James Penamon and make the others beat us," Long Reach coach Al Moraz said. "Penamon scored 10 points in the first quarter, but Kosh shut him down the rest of the game."

No. 20 Hammond 49, River Hill 43: Jamar Wise scored 17 to lead the Golden Bears over the Lightning. River Hill's Jay Kreider led all scorers with 21 points.

Pub Date: 1/25/98

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