Hayman's heady play pushes Scorpions

Win over Hammond sets showdown with Centennial

Boys basketball

High School

February 18, 2000|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Oakland Mills point guard Glenn Hayman, the sweeper on back-to-back state championship soccer teams, has a stoic mentality formed by years of high-level soccer competition.

His unflappable play, the continued dominance of 6-foot-3 center Cyril Chesson (24 points) and key contributions from the rest of Oakland Mills' shrunken eight-man team combined yesterday to defeat Hammond, 71-60, and send the No. 20-ranked Scorpions where even they didn't dream they would be -- playing for the county title on the final day of the season.

Oakland Mills (14-7 overall, 13-4 league) eliminated Hammond (12-9, 11-6) from county title contention and the Scorpions' win combined with Centennial's victory over Howard last night sets up a winner-take-all title game with the Eagles Tuesday at Oakland Mills. It was defending county champion Oakland Mills' eighth straight victory.

"Hammond played a hard man-to-man defense against us and put a lot of pressure on, but we played with a lot of mental toughness and the foul situation was helpful to us," Oakland Mills coach Dave Appleby said.

Oakland Mills, the visiting team, was 26-for-35 at the foul line, led by Andre Brooks with eight of nine and Hayman with 10 of 12. Brooks had seven rebounds.

Hayman scored 16 points, made eight assists and grabbed eight rebounds. During the fourth quarter of the intense, close game, he scored 13 points and sank nine of 10 free throws. He repeatedly drove the lane and in the fourth quarter he fouled out Hammond guard Taj Murphy.

"The lane was wide open because their guard overplayed me and Cyril's man never doubled me," Hayman said.

Hayman's driving basket early in the second half ended a 12-0 Hammond run that brought the slow-starting Bears back from a 30-16 deficit.

His free throws in the fourth quarter gradually rebuilt a comfortable lead.

"I like being on the foul line at the end of the game and I like it when the fans yell at me," Hayman said. "Soccer is what's getting me into college. Basketball is just fun. That's why I don't feel the pressure."

Hammond led 37-35 with 3: 57 left in the third quarter. But it was briefly. Lester Jones, who had 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists, was fouled on a three-point attempt and sank all three free throws for Oakland Mills. Varnez Nicholson scored for a 40-37 lead that the Scorpions never relinquished.

"They all hit their free throws and we didn't come ready to play again," Hammond coach Mark Murray said. "You can't do that against a team like Oakland Mills."

The Bears made 17 turnovers -- nine in the decisive fourth quarter.

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