Fort Hill slips past Glenelg for crown

Gladiators miss late 3, bid for West title, 49-46

Class 2A boys basketball

High Schools

March 08, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

CUMBERLAND -- Seeking their first regional basketball title since 1973, the Glenelg boys came up just short last night at Fort Hill, losing to the Sentinels in the Class 2A West final, 49-46.

J.J. Marchany's three-point shot at the buzzer missed, and Fort Hill (15-9) had its third regional title in four years.

Neither team shot well, but Fort Hill beat the taller Gladiators (14-11) on the boards, 37-28, and that was the difference.

Fort Hill's 5-foot-11, 190-pound sophomore, Andre Pope, grabbed 16 rebounds and scored 11 points. He missed two free throws with eight seconds left and Fort Hill ahead, 48-46. But he ripped the rebound away from a Glenelg player after his second miss.

"Coach said that rebounding will win the game," Pope said. "I thought we crashed the boards pretty good."

Said Fort Hill coach Todd Eirich: "Andre rebounded like an animal and also made some shots I wouldn't have believed."

Fort Hill's Danny Rose hit a free throw with three seconds left for the final point. Then Glenelg got the ball to Marchany for the last shot.

Marchany, Glenelg's leading scorer (17 points a game) who carried the Gladiators much of the season, was held to three points but had nine rebounds.

"They were playing tight on J.J. so I thought I had to step up," said Devin Keeny, who scored 12 points. "The crowd was crazy and it was hard to play here. They played good defense and our shots wouldn't fall. Some of it was nerves, I guess. We got tired and our defense let up a bit in the second half."

Glenelg, which had knocked North Hagerstown out of the playoffs, had to be encouraged because North Hagerstown had beaten Fort Hill by 20 points this season. But the Gladiators led only 18-16 at halftime.

"In the beginning I thought we were in control, but we let them stay in the game and they got more composed," said Glenelg coach Jeremy Snyder. "... They were disciplined at the end. We gave ourselves a last chance to win with three chances in the last 17 seconds, but this is a nasty place to play. We never saw a crowd like this."

G--Marchany 3, Ganascioli 13, Keeny 12, Derwent 8, Phelps 2, Davidson 6, Stancil 2. Totals: 18 5-5 46. FH--Parks 2, Meyers 2, Grove 2, Pope 11, Rose 5, Fradiska 12, Gilmore 13. Totals 18 9-18 49. Half: G, 18-16.

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