New cast carries Mt. Hebron, 51-29

Oregon transfer Maddock, '02 role player Martin lead rout of Hammond

Boys basketball

High Schools

December 16, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Last season, while Mount Hebron was busy ringing up a county championship that included a 15-game winning streak, Adam Maddock was in Oregon playing on his high school's junior varsity.

Now the 6-foot-4 senior is starting for the Vikings along with another 6-4 senior, Billy Martin, and that duo is a prime reason the Vikings have hopes of repeating as county champs despite graduating their entire starting team.

In a 51-29 victory over Hammond last night at Mount Hebron, Martin scored 15 points and had 14 rebounds, and Maddock scored 14 points while showing off a fine shooting touch for a big man.

Mount Hebron improved to 2-1 overall and in the league. Hammond (1-3 overall, 1-3 league) continued to struggle.

Martin was matched up against 6-6 Greg Attenofer of Hammond, and it was a dynamic battle between the two in the first half. Attenofer scored 10 points and had 11 rebounds overall. Eight of those points came in the first half and kept the Bears within 23-20 at the break.

But the Vikings' defense threw a straitjacket on Hammond in the second half, holding the Bears to nine points and just four field goals in 23 attempts. Hammond shot 25 percent (13-for-52) for the game, and the Vikings shot 46 percent (18-for-39).

"Playing a disciplined defense is what it will take for us to win," said Mount Hebron coach Mike Linsenmeyer. "We have to play hard and smart. We didn't play defense in the first half, but did in the second half. Hammond missed a lot of shots in that first half. They should have led. Their pressure gave us fits in the first half."

Hammond trailed 27-24 in the third quarter before Maddock's shooting broke the game open. Maddock scored three straight baskets to make it 33-24.

After a Devon Gilmore basket for Hammond, Mount Hebron reeled off the next 11 points to go ahead 44-26.

Mount Hebron point guard Eric Wolven scored five points during that run, and the Vikings went without a turnover in the fourth quarter after committing 15 through three quarters.

Martin, a role player last season, is savoring his starting role. "People didn't think we'd be good last season and they don't think we'll be good this season, so there's really not much pressure on us to repeat."

Added Maddock: "Most teams look at us and don't think we can play."

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