S. Carroll takes turn for worse, 76-49

Thomas Johnson breezes with Cavs' 30 turnovers

Boys basketball

High School

January 23, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

With South Carroll's standout point guard sitting on the bench, visiting Thomas Johnson had little trouble standing its ground last night against the No. 13 Cavaliers.

The outmanned South Carroll boys basketball team, which has been without ineligible All-Metro guard Marshall Strickland since early this season, committed 30 turnovers, most leading to easy baskets by the more athletic Patriots, in a 76-49 loss.

Blanketed by full-court pressure from the outset, South Carroll (10-3, 4-2 in the Central Maryland Conference) had difficulty getting the ball past midcourt, much less to 6-foot-9 center Josh Boone, who entered averaging 21 points and 13 rebounds, both county bests.

Though Boone finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, and the Cavaliers shot 63 percent, their overall lack of scoring chances (32 shots to Thomas Johnson's 70) was the difference.

"We hung tough, but we just did a terrible job handling the ball," South Carroll coach Jim Carnes said. "Every turnover is a layup for them. They go in waves. You think you're in a close game, down six, and then next thing you know you're down 14."

Trailing by 10 after Boone's three-point play midway through the third quarter, the Cavaliers quickly fell back as the Patriots, led by the trio of Jermaine Thomas (20 points), Thomas Richard (17) and Nate Naylor (15), scored 17 of the next 25 points.

"We were hassling and hassling them, and that kind of took its toll on them," said Thomas Johnson coach Tom Dickman. "We've got a little more depth, so we can just keep running guys in there."

Playing just seven boys, the Cavaliers seemed to wear down, making it open season for the quicker Patriots (12-1, 8-0), whose only loss this season occurred in overtime in the championship game of the New York Holiday Tournament.

"They're so athletic. We don't have bodies like they do," Carroll forward Jimmy Dahlgren said.

Early, it was Dahlgren (14 points) who helped keep the Cavaliers in contention.

After allowing the game's first five points, South Carroll used an 8-2 run, capped by Mike Medlar's 10-footer, to take an 8-7 lead.

The lead, however, would be the team's last.

Trailing 16-13, the Cavaliers saw the Patriots score eight straight points in 32 seconds, highlighted by three straight steals.

"I think we could've handled the ball a little better," Boone said. "We rebounded pretty well, but we just gave up too many easy steals."

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