Using reserve strength, Dulaney stops Overlea

With star hurt, 10 Lions contribute to 53-48 win

Boys basketball

High Schools

January 24, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Visiting Overlea entered last night's Baltimore County Division I boys basketball game against Dulaney with two perceived advantages.

Advantage A: The Falcons had overcome the losing team's best player, 6-foot-7 Dan Ross, to win the first meeting at home. Advantage B: Last night, Dulaney was without Ross (sprained ankle).

But the one intangible that often surfaces is heart, and the Lions showed plenty of it in last night's 53-48 victory to send the Falcons home with only their second loss of the season.

Junior James Russo led Dulaney (6-8, 5-2 division) with 12 points, six assists and five rebounds, but as many as 10 different Lions contributed to prevent Overlea (11-2, 9-2) from getting closer than four points in the final period.

"Dan's a great player, don't get me wrong," Russo said. "But we knew we could do it without Dan. It was all about doing the team thing tonight.

"We came out soft against them in the second half of the first game we played at their place, but tonight, we stuck together and were able to pull it out."

Dulaney's 6-foot-6 freshman, Ryan Hourihan, scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds. His 6-4 frontcourt mate, Zach Jones, scored only seven points but had eight rebounds and four assists.

Dwaylan Davis scored all of his six points in the final period and had five assists. And 6-4 senior George Cocoros of Dulaney scored eight points, grabbed the same number of rebounds and assisted on four shots.

Overlea was led by Woody Boyd, who scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth period. The Falcons' Jason Brooks contributed 12 points and 12 rebounds.

But it was the Lions who came through in critical moments of the second quarter, which was tied three times and featured four lead changes. Down 13-11, Hourihan's turnaround tied the game. Consecutive jumpers helped the Lions take an 18-17 lead into the intermission.

The Lions trailed 23-22 in the third period when Russo's jumper gave them back the lead. And they were behind 28-27 in the third period when Russo's second three-pointer sparked an 8-0 run for a 35-28 lead.

"We didn't do too much differently except that we converted a little bit more," Dulaney coach Rod Norris said. "We had 10 different guys playing, and they were all into the game. That kind of enthusiasm can go a long way."

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