Hammond victory ugly by any measure

Bears and Wilde Lake agree: 41-36 game cannot be called pretty

Boys basketball

High Schools

January 18, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Both coaches were in agreement about last night's Hammond vs. Wilde Lake basketball game -- the last game for both teams until Jan. 26 because the county doesn't allow games during exam week.

Winning Hammond coach Mark Murray called it "a very ugly game."

Losing Wilde Lake coach Phil Chenier called it "kind of an ugly game."

Neither coach was overly pleased with his team's performance in the Bears' 41-36 victory.

It wasn't hard to understand why. Hammond shot 31 percent (14-for-45) from the field, while visiting Wilde Lake was 13-for-44 (30 percent).

The teams scored a total of four points in the first seven minutes and eight points in the first quarter. Wilde Lake (5-8 overall, 5-5 league) led 5-3 after one period.

"We missed a lot of layups early, a lot of gimmes," said Murray. "We're just not focused."

"We couldn't hit a thing," Chenier said. "I know we're a better team than that. We got good shots."

The Bears (8-4, 6-4 ) have shot poorly during four of the last five games, including a streak of three straight losses to Glenelg, River Hill and Oakland Mills in which Hammond averaged 30 percent from the field.

One notable exception yesterday for Hammond was Mike Traber (12 points), who sank four three-point baskets - two of them in the last 58 seconds of the third period to give the Bears a 24-21 lead headed into the fourth quarter.

"We lost to them the first game of the season [51-48] on two late turnovers and we wanted revenge bad," Traber said. "The defenses played good today. I just got to the open spot."

Josh Wheeler sparked the Bears off the bench with nine points and 11 rebounds. He scored eight points in the fourth quarter.

Wilde Lake's Kevin Showe sank two three-pointers and a free throw during that fourth quarter to keep his team close. Jon Bacon led the Wildecats offense with 11 points.

Chenier thought his defensive rebounding was strong, but that his offensive rebounding was lacking. He also thought Hammond shot better at the foul line.

"Hammond got to the line a lot more than we did and capitalized," Chenier said.

Murray thought that Taj Murphy made a big difference for his team in the fourth quarter.

"He drove to the basket, got the ball where we wanted it and always had a hand out on defense," Murray said. "He's an intense and vocal player."

Chenier remained optimistic that his team can stay in the county race. "We still have a chance to make a run because anybody in this league can be beaten," he said.

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