Bel Air rolls to 84-59 win vs. Fallston

Rodick's triple double sparks 2nd victory in row

Boys basketball

High Schools

January 31, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

If Bel Air boys basketball coach Chris Harney wondered how his team would react to last Friday's loss to Aberdeen, he got an emphatic answer over the past two nights.

Just 24 hours after a solid win over C. Milton Wright, the No. 16 Bobcats traveled to Fallston last night and drilled the Cougars, 84-59, before a sold-out crowd in an Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference top-division showdown.

All five Bobcats starters finished in double figures with Bel Air junior guard Brandon Rodick pulling off a rare triple double with 13 points, 10 assists and 10 steals.

Fallston, looking to avenge a 14-point loss earlier in the month, fell to 11-3, 3-3 in league. The Cougars got 27 points and 13 rebounds from junior Phil Vornadore, but it wasn't nearly enough to combat the quicker and better-shooting Bobcats (14-1, 5-1).

Bobcats junior guard Miguel Negron added a team-high 21 points, T.J. Jordan added 17 and Randy Jones and Kevin Goines had 13 each.

Jones opened up a one-point Bel Air lead by drilling consecutive three pointers to close the first quarter. The Bobcats then scored the first six points of the second quarter for a 25-13 lead and were never threatened again.

"We came out really hot," Negron said. "Their fans were saying, `We want Bel Air,' and that just added fuel to the fire."

The Bobcats, who hit five of their seven three-pointers in the first quarter, didn't need much help, but the Cougars gave them plenty anyway.

Struggling with Bel Air's quickness, Fallston committed 26 turnovers, including 17 in the first half.

"That's the best I've seen us play defensively since I've been here," said Harney, the Bobcats' third-year coach. "Our rotation was flawless."

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