Surprise boys basketball victors rule the day

Hammond, Wilde Lake Hebron pull off upsets


High Schools

January 31, 2003|By Rick Belz and Edward Lee | Rick Belz and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Upsets were the rule rather than the exception in boys basketball Wednesday.

Mount Hebron knocked off undefeated county leader Long Reach, Hammond got past Centennial and Wilde Lake handed Atholton only its second loss of the season.

David vs. Goliath

Mount Hebron, ranked 18th, crept within a half game of No. 11 Long Reach in the league standings because of great three-point shooting (nine three-pointers), great foul shooting (17-for-20) and a strong transition game that added up to an 82-72 win.

The Vikings (10-3 overall, 8-1 Howard County) overcame Long Reach's tremendous height advantage.

"Coach told us it was going to be David vs. Goliath," said Vikings point guard Aaron Rei-White.

Bears win 2nd game

Better communication, fewer turnovers and clutch free-throw shooting added up to Hammond's second boys basketball victory of the season, as the Golden Bears slipped by Centennial, 48-45.

A team with four transfers, eight juniors and two sophomores, the Bears have taken some time to jell this season, and are 2-11 overall, 2-9 in the league. Their only other victory was a 48-46 decision against Glenelg.

Centennial (7-8, 4-7) had won the previous meeting between the teams, 53-34, so Wednesday's triumph indicated the Bears have made progress.

"We came mentally ready," said Bears coach Mark Murray. "You could see the communication early. Guys were calling out picks and doing the things we hadn't been doing earlier in the season, like playing help-side defense."

Even though the Bears made seven turnovers in the first quarter, they settled down and took care of the ball from that point on. Hammond led by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, before Centennial went on a 13-0 run.

"Then we responded after a timeout," Murray said. "It turned into a foul shooting contest and we made our shots."

Hammond was 18-for-29 at the line. Centennial was 4-for-6.

Murray was pleased with the play of power forwards Alton Nash and Connor Lewellyan, who have split time at that position all season.

Nash, a transfer from Long Reach, scored a game-high 14 points and had 10 rebounds. Lewellyan scored 11 points and had six rebounds.

Rasheed Frazier, who has been playing shooting guard lately, moved to point guard, didn't turn the ball over and ran the offense well.

"We looked like a brand new team," Murray said. "We had strong practices Monday and Tuesday, but unlike in the past, those practices carried over into the game."

Wildecats upset Atholton

In another boys basketball upset Wednesday, Wilde Lake defeated No. 16 Atholton, 72-58.

Wilde Lake (4-10 overall) has won three of its past five league games, and is 4-6 in the league. The Wildecats squandered a big lead before losing to Mount Hebron in overtime, 78-75.

The Wildecats had four players score in double figures against Atholton, including Brandon Graham with 15, Sean Howard and Kevin Showe with 14 each and Travis Lauchman with 13. Steve Bacon scored nine.

"We played well," said Wildecats coach Phil Chenier. "Atholton's big guys inside [Micah Mbah and Jonas Vaitkus] were tough."

The Wildecats play at Long Reach tonight while the Raiders face River Hill in two key contests.

Bolton sidelined

Atholton distance runner Meghan Bolton said she will miss the rest of the indoor track and field season and perhaps a good portion of the outdoor campaign because of nagging pain in her knees.

Bolton, the county's Runner of the Year in cross country last fall, was expected to pair with senior Lindsay Grigoriev to give the Raiders a potent one-two punch.

Instead, the senior has run just two meets in early December.

"Ever since November, my knees started bothering me," Bolton said Wednesday as she watched Atholton finish seventh at the Ivan Walker County Indoor Track and Field championships. "I don't know what started it, but it started getting worse as I ran my events."

Bolton said the pain would flare up when she was walking or sitting at her desk in the classroom for a sustained period of time. Bolton said doctors have told her that the source could be patella tendinitis or runner's knee, which is an inflammation of a tendon that runs down the outer part of the thigh.

Neil Steen, who shares coaching duties with Kristen Hohenwarter, said Bolton's absence in the 800, the 1,600, the 3,200 and the 3,200 relay has been noticeable.

"She'd be doing a lot for us," said Steen, who has only four seniors among 40 athletes. "So it hurts."

Bolton said she hopes her knees will heal in time for her to participate in the outdoor season this spring.

"The hardest part is not being out of the competition, but not being able to run," she said. "That's my stress-relieving thing."

Women to be inducted

The Howard County Women's Athletics Hall of Fame will induct four members tomorrow at Mount Hebron.

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