McDonough up next for Long Reach Oakland Mills will play Brunswick in 1A semifinal

March 04, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Long Reach, last season's Class 1A boys state finalist and a 55-48 winner over Lackey Monday, will carry the county's banner in the Class 2A playoffs tomorrow against McDonough.

Oakland Mills, after dropping from Class 2A, will represent the county in the Class 1A South semifinals again Brunswick.

A year ago, three county teams made it as far as the semifinals. In addition to Long Reach in 1A, Wilde Lake made it that far in 2A and Mount Hebron in 3A.

Both years, the county champion -- Centennial last season, and Atholton this season -- lost tough opening-round games on the road.

Long Reach again has a chance to be a Cinderella team, but faces tougher competition than last year.

"We're in with the big boys now," Lightning coach Al Moraz said.

Moraz described Long Reach as "lethargic" in its win over Lackey Monday. "The other team played well, but we controlled the fourth quarter," he said. "Chris Smith scored 17 points, Devin Conwell scored nine points and had 10 rebounds and Tally White was our MVP with 14 points and 10 rebounds."

Oakland Mills' likely opponent tomorrow will be Brunswick (19-3), which lost to Long Reach in the Class 1A South finals last season.

Brunswick has lost to Francis Scott Key, North Hagerstown and Poolesville.

"Shooting is our strength," Brunswick coach Jim Sklencar said. "We can hold our own on the boards and have good depth off the bench, but Oakland Mills will be more athletic. We don't see their kind of quickness much, and that hurts us in the playoffs."

Pub Date: 3/04/98

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