Young Bogues gives Howard lift

Ex-star's nephew sparks Lions past Atholton, 62-59

Boys basketball

High Schools

February 14, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

When you're the nephew of a famous Baltimore basketball star like Muggsy Bogues, people naturally expect a lot.

Anthony Bogues, in his varsity debut last night at Howard, delivered a lot.

The 5-foot-4 sophomore point guard, who averaged 14 points for the JV this season, led the Lions to a 62-59 upset of Atholton, one of Howard County's top teams this season. Howard (6-11 overall, 4-10 league) broke a four-game losing streak.

"They had the big bodies so we had to play good help-side defense," said Bogues, whose uncle, a Dunbar graduate, went on the play in the NBA. "This was a fun learning experience for me. I've been waiting to see if my time would come. They've been talking about bringing me up for a while."

Bogues didn't start, but played about three quarters and scored seven points. His steal and two free throws with 1:01 to play put the Lions ahead 57-56.

Howard immediately threw a full-court press on Atholton (13-6, 9-6), and after the Raiders broke it, Bogues raced three-quarters of the court to steal the ball from behind. Then with 51 seconds left, he sank two more free throws for a 59-56 Howard lead.

"He played excellent defense, and on offense he was a perfect fit," said first-year Lions coach Marvin Thorpe. "He's a true point guard, and I couldn't have asked for any more from him. I didn't want to put too much pressure on him by starting him."

Said Atholton coach Jim Albert: "[Bogues] made some big plays and was the difference at the end. I thought Howard played well."

After Bogues' last free throw that made it 59-56, the Raiders worked the ball for a three-point shot, but missed with 21 seconds left. Howard's Doug Gartner made a key rebound and was fouled. He sank both free throws for a 61-56 lead.

Craig Sauers sank a three-point shot with 13 seconds left to make it 61-59.

Howard's Jamar Robinson made one of two free throws with 12 seconds left, and the Raiders still had a chance to tie, but Sauers missed a three-pointer and the Raiders missed two more shots near the basket before time ran out.

Gartner finished with 13 points. Ron Mann had 14 points and six rebounds.

Atholton's leading scorer, Micah Mbah, who averages 13.6 points, didn't start and scored just two points in the first quarter. But the 6-2 senior forward was almost unstoppable the rest of the way and finished with game highs of 26 points and eight rebounds.

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