Frederick's last-second `D' dooms South Carroll, 69-68

January 30, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In last night's game pitting the dominating inside presence of South Carroll against the accurate perimeter game of Frederick, a last-second defensive play proved the difference for the visiting Cadets.

After rallying from a six-point deficit in the final 42 seconds, the Cavaliers boys basketball team lost its chance to win when Shane Beccio's pass to 6-foot-9 Josh Boone - who had only 10 feet of lane between him and a potential game-winning dunk - was picked off by the Cadets' Tommy McIntyre with two seconds left, sending South Carroll to a 69-68 loss.

"Tommy made a great play at the end," Frederick coach Derek Shackelford said.

The events leading to it, however, were just as astounding.

After hitting nine of 16 three-pointers - including three each by Brian Lewis (19 points) and Justin Shade (17) - Frederick (9-6, 6-2 Central Maryland Conference) went cold from the foul line in the final seconds, hitting just two of eight shots from the line in the final 37 seconds.

Frederick was 12 for 27 from the line for the night.

"We tried to give the game away because we simply couldn't make foul shots," Shackelford said.

Trailing 67-61, South Carroll responded by closing within two points when Corey Green hit the first of two foul shots, and Boone, a second-team All-Metro center, grabbed the offensive rebound, scored and was fouled, completing the three-point play. Boone finished with 35 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks.

Frederick's Elyon Bush and Shade then each made one of two foul shots to make it 69-65 before Boone scored on a layup and was fouled, again completing a three-point play. That put the Cavaliers within a point with nine seconds to play.

Two seconds later, the Cadets' Elliotte Middleton missed both ends of a two-shot foul, giving South Carroll a chance to take the lead. But Beccio's pass was intercepted. After Frederick missed two more free-throw attempts, Jimmy Dahlgren's length-of-the-court pass was batted away at the buzzer.

"We just didn't match up well against them," said South Carroll coach Jim Carnes. "It was our inside game against their outside game. ... but we made some poor decisions at the end."

The Cavaliers, who had consistently gone to Boone during an early 14-0 run, misfired on four three-point attempts in the final 3:30, choosing to take 20-foot jumpers instead of working the ball inside. Boone, who had a 5-inch height advantage over his defender, finished with six dunks.

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