Down by 7, Oakland Mills wins in last 1: 38 Scott's layup climaxes rally vs. Catoctin, 54-52

March 03, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Oakland Mills pulled off a nearly impossible comeback at home last night to defeat Catoctin, 54-52, in the Class 1A South quarterfinals.

Trailing 52-45 with 1: 38 to play, Oakland Mills scored the last nine points. Allen Scott's layup with two seconds left was the winning basket.

Thomas Browne sank a three-point basket with nine seconds left that tied it 52-52.

The victory means that second-seeded Oakland Mills (14-9) will host on Thursday the winner of today's Brunswick-Cullen game.

"I'm in total disbelief that we won," Browne said. "Down seven, I didn't think we could win. They outplayed us the entire game, and we got lucky with some clutch steals and clutch shots and being in the right place at the right time."

Scott's game-winning basket came about because he was in the right place underneath the basket when Adam Barr's shot was partially blocked and landed in Scott's hands.

"I was just boxing out, trying to get a rebound," Scott said. "It doesn't have to be pretty. A win is a win."

Barr led all scorers with 18 points, and had a fine outside shooting game that kept Oakland Mills in contention against a 2-3 Catoctin zone.

"We just decided to pack it in, double down on Murray Graves and make them beat us outside," Catoctin coach Chris Barnhart said.

Catoctin (8-13) failed to handle Oakland Mills' full-court pressure defense at the end of the game and made 11 turnovers in the fourth quarter and 26 for the game.

Chad Wiley of Catoctin also made a fundamental error when he bTC missed a wide-open dunk shot with his team ahead, 52-47, in the final minute of play.

Graves (14 points) followed that missed dunk with a basket that pulled Oakland Mills to within three, 52-49, with 31 seconds left to play.

"We had no intensity in the first half, had no post play, no perimeter production and were giving up layups," Oakland Mills coach Dave Appleby said. "Our pressure finally got to them and they helped us at the end."

Forestville 65, Glenelg 56: Stanley Harley and Mike Merrick each scored 16 as the host Knights (3-17) downed the Gladiators (5-18) in a Class 1A South quarterfinal. Eric Breland scored 20 in a losing effort for Glenelg.

City 78, Wilde Lake 61: Junior Dominic Fulcher had 26 points and seven rebounds to lift the 10th-seeded Knights (13-11) over the second-seeded Wildcats in a 3A East game. Tim Hawkins led Wilde Lake with 16 and Corey Butler was also in double figures with 11.

No. 1 Dunbar 86, South River 70: Jamal Brown scored a game-high 31 points to lead the third-seeded Poets (21-3) to a 2A East win over the sixth-seeded Seahawks. Dunbar travels to Southern-AA Thursday.

No. 12 Aberdeen 75, No. 6 Milford Mill 61: Stephon Watson scored 21 to lead the host Eagles in a Class 3A North region quarterfinal.

No. 7 Meade 77, Queen Anne's 64: Senior David Stangee scored 21 points and had 13 rebounds and junior Jeff Charles had 16 points, seven blocks and nine rebounds for Meade (19-5) in a 4A East quarterfinal.

Fallston 94, No. 8 Woodlawn 67: The host Cougars (16-6) scored the game's first 11 points and never looked back as they upset the Warriors (20-5) in a 3A North quarterfinal game. Junior Aaron Stephenson (21) led four Fallston players in double figures.

No. 9 Randallstown 69, North Harford 57: Kareem Holmes and Thomas Stallings each scored 14 as the host Rams (20-4) advanced to the semifinals of the Class 2A North regional playoffs.

Pub Date: 3/03/98

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