No. 13 Randallstown tops Towson, 42-33

Rams hold off Generals for their 12th straight win

Boys basketball

January 20, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Towson High, which had a nine-game winning streak snapped in its previous outing, picked a most inopportune time to slip into a scoring drought in its 42-33 loss to No. 13 Randallstown last night, and missed a chance to score a major upset.

The Generals trailed 27-26 entering the fourth quarter and were frustrating the usually high-flying Rams with their ballhawking and patient offense.

However, a seven-point burst put Randallstown up 34-26 and the composed visitors went on to finish off their 12th straight victory.

The Rams were beaten in their opener by Walbrook and have been perfect since then.

Each team had three turnovers and two missed shots before the scoreboard registered its first points after nearly three minutes of frenetic action. Randallstown, which is used to scoring in the 70-80-point range, led 8-7 after eight minutes and 18-15 at intermission.

"We had to keep telling them to be patient and not to rush things," said Rams assistant coach William Wiley, who stopped counting the turnovers to maintain his sanity. "Another thing, I think the kids thought they'd beat this team [easily], and it took a while before we figured out that wasn't going to be the case."

A three-pointer by Scott McGowan pulled Towson into a 24-24 tie late in the third period. Moments later, Aaron McCoy duplicated the trick for Randallstown and his team never trailed or was tied thereafter.

Over the next eight minutes, including more than five minutes in the final period, Towson was only able to generate four points. Meanwhile, Antoine Jordan, who topped all scorers with 14 points, began to assert himself.

"We had our chance," said Towson coach Randy Dase, "but our foul shooting [5-for-13] hurt us, and we missed a lot of easy shots inside early. But we've come a long way, and our streak and this game, I think, proves we can play with the big boys in the county.

"Another thing that hurt was what's written on the front of the other team's jerseys -- Randallstown. They're always good; maybe we were a little intimidated. But holding that team to just 42 points was a heck of a feat."

Bryant Dull, Mike Williams and McGowan led Towson with 9, 8 and 7 points, respectively.

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