Scorpions sting Hebron with : 02 to go, 52-50

Chesson's put-back lifts Oakland Mills into first

Boys basketball

High Schools

January 06, 2000|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Cyril Chesson toiled last season in the 6-foot-5 shadows of Anthony Breland and Murray Graves, who carried Oakland Mills to a county championship.

Now it's Chesson's turn to grab the limelight, and he couldn't have picked a better spot to shine than last night against 16th-ranked Mount Hebron.

The 6-3, 210-pound senior's rebound and layup with two seconds left to play at Oakland Mills provided the winning margin in a 52-50 victory and gave Mount Hebron (6-2 overall, 3-1 league) its first league loss.

The win also moved the Scorpions (5-4, 4-1) into a first-place county tie with Centennial.

"This was the biggest game we've played this season," Chesson said. "We were hungry for a win after losing to Thomas Johnson and Annapolis, and we had to take it out on somebody. People think that because we don't have Anthony and Murray they can just step over us. This just shows that everybody can be beaten."

Chesson scored 18 points and had eight rebounds as he dueled Mount Hebron's more celebrated center, 6-5 Eric Toback, who had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Toback scored only four points in the second half, as three of his shots rimmed out. His close-range shot had a chance to put the Vikings ahead by two points in the closing seconds but came out.

"It was the battle of the season for me, because everyone knows about Toback," Chesson said.

The game appeared headed for overtime when Oakland Mills' Varnez Nicholson's 20-footer from the left wing barely touched the rim in the frantic last seconds.

"At first, I thought it was going in, but then it just landed it my hands," Chesson said. "Coach [Dave Appleby] had told me to crash the boards."

Chesson's teammate, Lester Jones, scored 13 points and had seven rebounds. And Nicholson scored nine points and had seven rebounds.

Oakland Mills trailed 29-20 in the second quarter before going on a 16-2 run and leading 36-31 midway through the third quarter.

The run coincided with Mount Hebron shooting 1-for-13 from the field. For the game, the Vikings shot 40 percent (19-for-47). Oakland Mills shot 50 percent (21-for-42).

Oakland Mills led 43-38 after three quarters and built the lead to 47-41, before a seven-point Vikings run that included two baskets by Toback gave Mount Hebron a 48-47 lead with 2: 37 left to play.

Robert Roche sank a crucial three-point basket for the Scorpions, who led 50-48 with 2: 10 left. Jonny Norman's two free throws tied it at 50 with 41 seconds left.

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