Black, Key swat away Brunswick

Guard's block with :06 left, 23 points power 71-68 win

Boys basketball

High Schools

February 06, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Late in last night's game against visiting Brunswick, Francis Scott Key's Chuck Black helped carry the Eagles with his offense.

In the game's final seconds, however, it was his stellar defensive play that sealed a 71-68 win.

After scoring 10 of his game-high 23 points in the final 4:40, Black came from the opposite side of the court to block Jesse Ault's potential game-tying three-pointer with six seconds left, thwarting furious comeback attempt by the Railroaders.

"That was my man ... and I just got there in time," said Black, a senior guard who calls himself a late-game player. "That's when I like to just come out and take over. I was looking a little shaky at first. When it came down to it, I just wanted the ball in my hands."

Brunswick still had one final chance to tie, but Brandon Dytes misfired on a three-pointer from the corner with one second left.

The Eagles (10-8 overall, 8-6 Monocacy Valley Athletic League) avenged last month's 91-79 loss to Brunswick (10-8, 9-6).

"Last time we weren't prepared for it, but we switched up defenses and had three people up top instead of two," Black said.

"We knew what damage they could do," Key coach Terry Brant said. "I thought our kids did a nice job of being patient and disciplined, particularly in the first half."

Key dominated early, using the perimeter shooting of Black and Dan Simmons (15 points), and the inside presence of Chris Bassler (17) to go up by as much as 17 in the first half.

Leading 12-10, the Eagles took command by scoring 19 of the next 23 points over a six-minute span, making seven of nine shots from the field. Brunswick, meanwhile, struggled mightily, hitting just two of 13 shots during the same stretch.

"We're too small not to play just as hard as we possibly can all the time, and I didn't think the first half was a very good effort," said Brunswick coach Jim Sklencar. "We've had games where we've shot the ball really well, but tonight wasn't one of them."

Buoyed by the shooting of Ault (20 points) and Dytes (19), however, Brunswick rallied in the second half, using a 9-0 run to make it 43-37 in the third quarter before getting as close as three on Ault's three-pointer with 53 seconds left.

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