Wilson, McCoy shine as Carver rallies, tops Northern-Calvert Bears will tackle City in 3A East final tomorrow

March 06, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Down by two points at halftime against Calvert County's Northern, top-seed Carver had shot poorly against the visitors' strong defensive pressure and was getting handled on the boards by the Patriots' muscular 6-foot-5 Terrence Plater.

"Our pep talk from Coach [Durce Jackson] at the half was about whether we wanted to go home and read about the playoffs in the newspapers, or keep playing," said Carver's 6-foot junior, Miguel Wilson. "We're trying not to go home yet."

Instead, it was the Patriots (16-8) who had a long ride back to Calvert County after a 55-49 Class 3A East region semifinal comeback victory by the Bears (9-13).

Carver, which trailed 9-7 after one period and 25-23 at the half, next plays tomorrow at City, which last night defeated Calvert High.

Wilson had a triple-double, with 15 points, 11 steals, 10 assists and six rebounds for the winners. Tavon McCoy (5-10) scored 20 points to go with 10 steals, five rebounds and three blocked shots.

In the second period, Wilson went 3-for-3 at the line (9-for-11 for the game) and had four back-court steals, one of which he converted into a layup for the Bears' first lead, 21-19.

McCoy scored eight of the Bears' first 10 points of the momentum-shifting third period, igniting a 10-0 run that had Carver up, 39-29, one minute before the fourth period. Michael Napper had six each in points and rebounds, along with five steals.

Northern had won two straight games, including a Feb. 24 victory over a Leonardtown (St. Mary's County) squad that ended a 20-game winning streak for what then was The Washington Post's sixth-ranked team.

John McGuffin, a 1986 Northern graduate and an assistant to Patriots coach Rick Weber, had twice seen Carver. "They have some guns, but we hope we can play effective defense," McGuffin said before the game.

The Patriots pressed from the outset, denying the Bears on the perimeter and going up, 5-0, and, 7-2, early. The defensive rebounding of Plater (six points, 10 boards) and 6-3 Damien Wade (eight boards) often kept Caver from getting second shots.

"No. 32 [Plater] was strong," McCoy said. "But in the end it was our defensive pressure, our intensity and consistency."

Pub Date: 3/06/98

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