Lightning's play in close games, rally to beat 'Cats, pleases coach

Howard notebook

High Schools

January 07, 2000|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Long Reach had only a 4-4 record in boys basketball entering Wednesday's game against Wilde Lake, the preseason favorite to win the county title.

But the Lightning's four losses, to Mount Hebron, Centennial, Paint Branch and Arundel, were all close games, and Lightning coach Al Moraz was pleased with his team's play.

He was even more pleased Wednesday after the Lightning rallied from being 14 points down in the third quarter to tie the score at 63 on Robert Francois' shot with two seconds left and then win, 76-66, by holding Wilde Lake to just three free throws in overtime.

Long Reach went 7-for-7 at the foul line in overtime and made three baskets.

It helped that Wilde Lake's David Martin (18 points) fouled out early in the fourth period.

Josh Gross led the Lightning with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Francois scored 12 points and had four rebounds. Jason London scored 14 points and made six assists.

The loss was Wilde Lake's second in the league, both in overtime, and tumbled the Wildecats out of first place.

Sixth man missing

No. 16-ranked Mount Hebron, upset, 52-50, Wednesday by Oakland Mills, has lost its sixth man indefinitely.

Guard Zach Merena entered the Oakland Mills game at the four-minute mark but asked to come out 20 seconds later.

"He felt some distress in his side during warm-ups," Vikings coach John Aquila said. "He was taken to the hospital at halftime, where it was determined he had a collapsed lung. He's supposed to see a specialist today. They are hoping it will reinflate on its own within three days."

3 lacrosse scholarships

Mount Hebron lacrosse players Tom Tittsworth and Franklin Berry are headed to UMBC on partial scholarships and Einar Wulfsberg will play lacrosse at West Point.

The trio brings to four the number of Vikings lacrosse players who've decided on colleges as they join teammate Neal Goldman, who previously announced he'll attend Georgetown.

All helped the Vikings win their second state title last spring.

Tittsworth and Berry play midfield. Wulfsberg is a defenseman. Goldman plays attack.

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