Defeat leaves Owls in foul mood

61 free-throw attempts by Frederick dazes Byers


High Schools

January 12, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Anyone who has coached as long as Westminster's 30-year veteran, Dave Byers, probably has seen just about anything that could happen on a basketball court, right?

Not quite.

He never remembers one team going to the foul line 61 times in a game as Frederick did Tuesday during the Cadets' 88-80 double-overtime upset of the Owls.

Five Westminster players fouled out, including Tavon Saunders and Ben Duke during regulation, and Howie Williams, Trent Bosley and Sean McGrew during overtime.

It's not that Byers is crying foul against the referees or anything like that.

"We gave a lot of fouls because we were down and wanted to get possession," Byers said.

The Owls trailed by five points during regulation and somehow forced the overtime. Then they trailed by three or four points most of the overtime and somehow forced a second overtime.

"It was a crazy game. Not much rhythm to it," Byers said. "Frederick played well. They were aggressive and took it to the boards."

Frederick's aggressive movement to the basket also helped create a lot of fouls. Frederick went to the line 35 times during regulation and 26 times during overtime.

"I've never seen that many free throws by one team. I remember 56 at North Carroll 10 years ago, and 50-plus at Thomas Johnson in 1993 when we shot eight," Byers said. "If you stay around long enough you see just about everything. But it's tough to win when one team shoots 61, and the other team shoots 21 and makes only eight."

The Owls were 8-for-21 and the Cadets were 32-for-61 at the line.

"It wouldn't have been close if they hadn't shot so poorly at the line, and that's also part of the reason we kept fouling them," Byers said.

Westminster (7-3 overall, 1-2 league) depends heavily upon accurate shooting to win games, since it lacks an accomplished inside offensive game.

Just how accurate three of the Owls are might surprise people.

Jon-David Byers shoots 51 percent (83 for 161) from the floor. Matt Frame shoots 48 percent (43 for 90) from the floor. And Saunders shoots 51 percent (31 for 61).

Those numbers are more impressive considering how often and how accurately those three players shoot from long range. Byers shoots 46 percent (41 for 88) from beyond the arc; Frame shoots 40 percent (19 for 48); and Saunders shoots 43 percent (9 for 21).

Rare triple double

A triple double is rare enough.

The way that South Carroll's Josh Boone accomplished his triple double Jan. 5 in a 71-54 victory over Linganore made it even rarer.

Boone scored 13 points and had 10 rebounds, neither one a astonishing number. But to complete the triple double he added 10 blocked shots.

"It's not easy to do, and I doubt that I can do it again," said Boone, a 6-foot-6 junior with long arms and uncanny timing. "It was a real goal of mine this season, and definitely enjoyable."

Twice postponed

North Carroll and Francis Scott Key must wonder if their originally scheduled Dec. 20 boys and girls basketball games will ever get played.

The Jan. 8 makeup was also postponed. They'll try it again Jan. 20 with the boys at Francis Scott Key and the girls at North Carroll.

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