Patience pays off for Atholton in near-perfect fourth period

No. 19 Raiders hold off Long Reach, 65-59

Boys basketball

High Schools

January 13, 2004|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Simply put, No. 19 Atholton was nearly perfect in the fourth quarter of last night's game with visiting Long Reach.

Atholton made all 14 of its free throws, went 5-for-6 from the field and took control in the final period to hold off a Long Reach rally and pull out a 65-59 victory in a Howard County game.

The Raiders had little trouble early, making seven of their first 14 shots and jumping to a 17-6 first-quarter lead. But Atholton (7-3, 7-1) went cold for most of the second and third quarters while Long Reach (7-3, 6-2) slowly rallied, tying the game at 39 heading into the final period of a game that helped determine first place in the county.

Brandon Boy scored six of his team-high 19 in the fourth quarter. His two free throws gave Atholton the lead for good at 43-41 with 7:16 left, and he went 6-for-6 from the line in the quarter. Craig Sauers added five of his 13 in the period and Jimmy McQuilkin scored five of his 11.

Atholton missed its only two first-half free throws but made 18 of 20 in the second half.

"They shot the eyes out," Long Reach coach Al Moraz said.

Atholton had gotten away from its patient style of offense during the middle quarters, as Long Reach pushed the tempo. But when the Raiders returned to slowing the pace and showed patience, they controlled the fourth quarter.

"I think we did a good job of running our offense," Atholton coach Jim Albert said. "We were patient on offense and got some good looks."

Forward/center Jonas Vaitkus (16 points, 10 rebounds) played a big role inside.

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