Mount Hebron's defense prevails against Glenelg

Glads score 12 points in 2nd half of 57-36 loss

Boys basketball

High Schools

January 09, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron's boys basketball team is the best-kept secret in Howard County.

Perhaps because Long Reach and Atholton are both undefeated and seven of the Vikings' first eight games were played on the road, Mount Hebron (6-3 overall, 4-1 league) largely has been overlooked despite having the third-best county record.

Yesterday, in their first league home game, the senior-dominated, highly athletic Vikings took apart a Glenelg team that had played everyone tough despite its losing record.

The 57-36 final score was achieved with strong defensive pressure, defensive rebounding sparked by tremendous leaping ability, outstanding free-throw shooting and a patient offense that penetrated and drew fouls.

"Our strength is defense," said Vikings coach Mike Linsenmeyer.

Glenelg (4-6, 2-5), losers of four games by four or fewer points, scored only 12 points in the second half while shooting 4-for-20 from the field.

"There's no way we should play like this," said Glenelg coach Jeremy Snyder. "We think we can play with anyone, but we had no effort tonight after the first quarter. We threw it away, played at their pace, didn't use our size advantage to rebound and didn't throw it to our big kids on offense."

Mount Hebron made a 16-3 run to start the second quarter and go ahead, 26-14.

The 21-point loss represented Glenelg's worst losing margin and fewest points scored this season. The Gladiators turned it over 21 times, many of those on steals, to just eight for Mount Hebron.

Aaron Rei-White and Marc Carroll each scored 15 points and Sean Velasquez had 13 to lead the Vikings, who shot only 38 percent (17-for-45) while holding Glenelg to 31 percent (12-for-39).

"We feel we're one of the best teams in the county," said Rei-White, Mount Hebron's point guard, who showed an all-around game that Glenelg could find no answer for. "We play hard no matter what."

The Vikings made 21 of 25 free throws while Glenelg made 12 of 18. Rei-White was 7-for-8, Carroll was 4-for-4, and Drew Myers and Velasquez each were 5-for-6.

"We're underdogs," said Carroll. "People think we lost everything from last season, but we have a lot of good returning players. We're not tall, but we play big.

"We constantly work on boxing out in practice. We can drive to the basket or shoot from outside. I think we worked the ball around so much tonight, and constantly forced their defense to shift, that we wore them down in the second half."

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