Cavs spot Liberty early lead, win by 12

S. Carroll's Boswell hits for 31, sparks rally, 63-51

Boys basketball

High Schools

February 04, 2000|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For the South Carroll Cavaliers, last night seemed like a replay of their frustrating season. Trailing Liberty by 13 after the first quarter and showing little life, all the bad habits pointed to another loss.

But not this time.

The host Cavs (5-9, 2-7 Central Maryland Conference, 2-2 Carroll County) fought their way out of the hole they dug for themselves to earn a 63-51 win that counted in both conference and county standings.

The Cavs' Derek Boswell led all scorers with 31 points. Marc Falcone led Liberty (6-10, 3-6, 3-2) with 18 points.

The loss avenged a 72-57 loss at Liberty by the Cavaliers earlier this season.

South Carroll rallied in the second quarter, outscoring Liberty 19-13 to cut the margin to 33-26 at the half.

"We knew we weren't playing well, and Coach told us to box out and limit their second and third shots," said Boswell. "We played more aggressive in the second half -- came out a lot stronger."

Did they ever.

The Cavaliers used a combination of zones and man-to-man defenses to keep the ball away from Falcone, Liberty's leader.

Falcone, who had 16 first-half points, managed only two in the second half.

South Carroll took its first lead on Dan Ely's jumper with 29 seconds left in the third quarter at 44-43.

Liberty played most of the quarter trailing by a basket or less, but then the Lions became their own worst enemy.

Trailing 53-50, Liberty's Jason Bright was called for a foul, but said the wrong thing to the referee, who called a technical foul on him for unsportsmanlike conduct. Bowers made three of the four free throws to run the lead to 56-50 with 1: 31 left. Liberty got no closer than six after that.

"You could see they were getting frustrated," said Bowers, who had 12 of his 31 points in the final quarter. "They were talking the whole game, and it finally caught up with them."

"I thought we did a great job in the second half keeping them off the boards," said Cavs coach Jim Carnes. "We're starting to play better now, and I hope this is something we can build on."

For the Lions, the loss was especially painful.

"Our failure to execute was what cost us the game," said Liberty coach Scott Kohr. "Our inside players spent most of the night out of position, and we didn't penetrate or move the ball well at all."

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