Strickland and Moss combine for 49 in South Carroll win

Cavaliers top Urbana in CMC opener, 78-66

Boys basketball

High Schools

January 04, 2001|By Rick Belz

The story of last night's boys basketball game between South Carroll and visiting Urbana was about lost-and-found point guards.

Which helps explain why the 78-66 South Carroll win was never really close. The Cavaliers led 21-10 after the first quarter, and the Hawks never pulled closer than seven points again in the CMC opener for both teams.

Urbana (4-4 overall, 0-1 Central Maryland Conference), which beat Randallstown and Edmondson and made it to the finals of the Wes Unseld Tournament only to lose to Northwestern, is a team that lost its star point guard Chris O'Connor in the semifinals of that tournament with a broken foot. O'Connor was averaging 23 points.

No. 17-ranked South Carroll (6-1, 1-0), coming off a championship at the Middletown Tournament, is a team that found a point guard, DeMatha transfer Marshall Strickland, and is unbeaten in the five games he has played.

Strickland, averaging 26.5 points, scored 25 last night despite missing about a quarter with a cut to his forehead suffered in a collision while lunging for a loose ball.

Bill Moss scored a season-high 24 points for South Carroll and was the beneficiary of an Urbana defense that concentrated on Strickland and 6-foot-6 South Carroll center Josh Boone.

Boone, averaging 18.5 points, was guarded by 6-2 Travis Sheets, who held him to five points and drew Boone into early foul trouble. Boone did grab 10 rebounds and block six shots.

Moss scored 18 of his points in the first half and the Cavs led 38-27 at halftime. Urbana cut it to 48-41 on a three-pointer by Bowers, but South Carroll scored the last six points of the third quarter and the first 10 points of the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

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