Howard loses coach, then its game, 82-61

Three technicals cost Dunlap at Centennial

O'Connor could return

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January 13, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

It was a short night for Howard coach Derrick Dunlap in his team's game against Centennial. It was an extra long one for his Lions.

Dunlap, the Lions' first-year coach, picked up three technical fouls in 30 seconds for being critical of the officiating during the second quarter of last night's game at Centennial.

As a result, he didn't get to stick around to see the Eagles blow past his Lions, 82-61, and take over sole posession of second place in the league at 7-1. Howard is 9-3 overall.

"I think this is the best overall game we've played," said Eagles coach Jim Hill. "[Dunlap] is a young guy, but an excellent coach. I think he'll learn down the line how to say the exact things he said to the refs, but without making them angry."

At the time of Dunlap's ejection with 6:47 to play in the second quarter, Centennial led only 16-11. But after Eagles guard Jeff Hill hit six consecutive free throws, and then Billy Brudis completed a three-point play on the ensuing possession, the Lions (7-4, 5-2) never really recovered.

Eagles guard Scott Kincaid made sure of that by playing nearly a flawless game, going 8-for-8 from the floor, scoring 17 points in all.

The Eagles hit 31 of 35 shots from the free-throw line and got 11 points each from Brudis and Hill, nine from Anthony McPhail and eight from Tyler Enstice.

Oddly, though, the game probably would have taken something of a backseat even without Dunlap's ejection.

Centennial guard Brian O'Connor, a second-team all-county pick last year, revealed afterward that he did not dress for the second straight game because of a heart condition, which, four days ago, doctors said would end his basketball career.

O'Connor said he has had an irregular heartbeat and dizzy spells because of the condition, known as Wolf Parkinson White syndrome, for some time, but after Centennial's game against River Hill on Jan. 5, he passed out at home and his parents had to call 911.

After an examination, doctors said O'Connor might never play again, but apparently they are now more optimistic.

O'Connor underwent a four-hour medical procedure Thursday at the University of Maryland Hospital to try to correct the condition, and he said he could be back in the next couple of weeks.

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