No. 14 Glen Burnie tops Southern-AA in overtime, 63-60

With rare road victory vs. Bulldogs, Gophers improve record to 10-0

Boys basketball

High Schools

January 06, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

After missing a chance to win in regulation, No. 14-ranked Glen Burnie converted on its second chance. The Gophers escaped Harwood in south Anne Arundel County last night with a thrilling 63-60 overtime victory over No. 18 Southern.

It was only Glen Burnie's second victory at Southern (6-4) in 15 years, and the Gophers remained the county's only unbeaten team at 10-0.

A pair of free throws by junior Keith Williams, who was 5-for-8 from the free-throw line in overtime and finished with 17 points, gave the Gophers a 61-60 lead with 14 seconds remaining.

After the Bulldogs missed a shot to win the game, Glen Burnie's Shon Osborne (11 points, six rebounds) put an exclamation point on the victory by racing to the other end of the court to drop in a layup at the buzzer.

That set off a championship-like celebration in the middle of the floor by the Gophers while several Bulldogs lay on the floor in dismay.

"This is such a tough place to win," said Glen Burnie coach Mike Rudd, whose team is off to the best start in the past 30 years.

"We won here two years ago, and they are a quality basketball team. And we feel there are teams still out there who don't think we're the real thing and we're getting tested every night. We're enjoying the ride. It was an emotional win in a great high school basketball game."

The Gophers had their biggest lead of the game at 37-24 on back-to-back three-pointers by Ray Cromwell (18 points) to start the third quarter.

Cromwell, who had six of his team's 11 three-pointers, cooled off along with his teammates as the Bulldogs shaved nine points off their deficit in the third quarter. Glen Burnie started the fourth quarter with a 40-36 lead.

Neither team shot well in the second half, with Glen Burnie hitting only five of 22 (23 percent) from the field while Southern was five of 25 (20 percent).

Sinking seven of nine free throws in the fourth quarter, Southern forged ahead and then forced overtime on two from James Jones, who had a team-high 17 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Going 6-for-7 from the free-throw line late, Jones' first pair with 3:42 left gave Southern its first lead at 43-42 since their 24-21 advantage late in the second quarter.

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