Strickland sits

Howard wins

Boys basketball

January 09, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg

Those who came to see South Carroll's Marshall Strickland play against Howard last night went home disappointed.

Those who came to see the Lions' Brandon Gregory and LaMar Parrish did not.

Strickland, who averages 27 points a game and is widely recognized as one of the top-rated junior players in he country, sat out with a case of the flu and could only watch from the end of the bench as the host Lions, led by 25 points from Gregory and 23 from Parrish, upset the No. 16 Cavaliers, 63-49.

Howard was in need of an inside presence in the early going, as South Carroll raced to a 15-5 lead in the first quarter behind 6-foot-6 center Josh Boone. The Cavaliers had some success early on pounding the ball down low against the Lions' 2-3 zone defense.

Parrish pulled Howard back in the game, hitting consecutive three-pointers in the second quarter, and then Gregory scored twice on put-backs, helping Howard take a 24-23 lead at halftime.

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