Hebron balance tips Wildecats for 14th in row

Boys basketball

February 25, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The Mount Hebron boys basketball team put together a balanced offense and got a spark from its bench to defeat visiting Wilde Lake and win its 14th straight game yesterday, 73-59.

The victory maintained No. 13-ranked Mount Hebron's 1 1/2 -game lead over River Hill. The Vikings (17-3 overall, 15-1 league) have two games to play; River Hill has one game against Mount Hebron on Thursday.

Mount Hebron, which swept the two-game season series against the Wildecats, can clinch its first county title since 1994 by defeating Oakland Mills tomorrow.

Point guard Aaron Rei-White scored 16 points and grabbed four rebounds while consistently penetrating Wilde Lake's defense with six driving layups.

"We played well as a team," Rei-White said. "This game revived us."

Shawn Velazquez had 17 points and seven rebounds, Marc Carroll had 15 points and five rebounds, and Jerry Calixte added eight points and five rebounds for the Vikings.

Ricky Choi and Jeff Morales helped Mount Hebron by playing strongly off the bench.

"We made two 10-point runs and they [Choi and Morales] were in there both times," coach Mike Linsenmeyer said.

Led by Brandon Graham (12 points) and Brandon Young (15 points), Wilde Lake (6-13, 6-10) pulled to within 59-54 with 3:25 left. Mount Hebron then went on a 12-2 run.

Young, a sophomore who is the nephew of Mount Hebron Hall of Famers Barry and Perry Young, started his first varsity game after averaging 20 points on JV.

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