Led by Fair, Sorgho, Pikesville rolls by 32

Duo combines for 51 points as Perry Hall tumbles, 93-61

Boys basketball

January 20, 2000|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

While many of their friends were relaxing at the pool, Pikesville's Lance Fair and Clement Sorgho spent countless hours over the summer refining their moves in a hot, empty gymnasium.

Last night against division rival Perry Hall, the flashy duo once again combined to put a splash of fear into an outmanned opponent.

With point guard Drew Braver leading the way, Sorgho scored a game-high 29 points and Fair added 22, as the host Panthers routed the Gators, 93-61, in a Baltimore County, Division II showdown.

The win moved Pikesville (10-2 overall, 4-1 in the division) into sole possession of first place in the division over both the Gators and Eastern Tech.

To Pikesville coach Craig Amos, Fair, who transferred from neighboring Randallstown prior to this school year, has filled an important role for the Panthers as they pursue a second straight trip to the state finals.

"He's been nothing but an impact player," Amos said. "It was like a blessing when he walked into the gym. He really fits in and he's an all-around ballplayer. He really mimics Clement. They're a good pair."

Along with Braver (16 points), Sorgho and Fair helped the Panthers run out to a 21-3 lead after the first 7: 30, turning pressure defense into fast-break opportunities, and often creating easy layups off the half-court set.

Pikesville shot 50 percent on the night, while holding Perry Hall to 31 percent -- including 7-for-30 from three-point range -- and forcing 24 turnovers.

Playing without leading scorer Dale Seward, a 6-3 forward expected to miss another week after spraining his ankle last week against Eastern Tech, the Gators often looked lost at the offensive end, starting the game 1-for-16.

Coach Evan Evanosky said psychology probably played a major role as well, with the team coming off its first loss of the season last week against Eastern Tech.

"[Losing Seward] didn't help morale in the locker room, especially coming off a big loss," Evanosky said. "We didn't do a whole lot right."

Led by junior Jaron Taylor (23 points) and senior Jade Belt (17), Perry Hall (12-2, 3-2) pulled as close as 13 in the second quarter. But Pikesville sealed the win with a 15-0 run.

"We just practice hard defense, and hard defense leads to fast breaks," Fair said. "We worked hard all summer long, and it shows on the court."

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