Glen Burnie gets 76-69 win over Old Mill

Schrader scores 21 points to lead Gophers in semis

High Schools

4A East boys basketball

March 05, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It has been a long, sometimes frustrating journey for Glen Burnie junior Chris Schrader to play what he called "the greatest game of my life."

Schrader, a first-year varsity player, led the No. 10 Gophers to a 76-69 victory over visiting Old Mill in a Class 4A East semifinal last night.

After breaking his right wrist a week before preseason tryouts, Schrader, who had 10 of his game-high 21 points in the final quarter, later broke a finger before recovering to earn a starting role at the end of the season.

"It was built up inside of me, and I was just ready to play them," said Schrader, who didn't play in either of the Gophers' two regular-season wins over Old Mill.

"It was amazing, one of the greatest feelings of my life," he said. "I'm very excited."

The Patriots (18-6), led by Terrell Ingram's 19 points, Alex Buchholz's 12 points and Shane Rickmon's 10 points, did what they wanted to do, but were surprised by Schrader.

"We did exactly what we wanted to do and packed it inside on Branden [Albert]," said Old Mill coach Greg Smith.

"Our philosophy was make somebody else beat us."

Albert, who had 30 points and 12 rebounds in the Gophers' 75-71 regular-season win over the Patriots, was held to 11 points and 11 rebounds last night. But Schrader stepped up.

Glen Burnie (22-3) will defend its region title at home at 6 tomorrow night against Charles County's Thomas Stone.

Thomas Stone (22-2) won at home last night, 65-51, over Broadneck (14-9) despite 14 points by Andrew Holland.

The 6-foot-4 Schrader drained two of his four three-pointers in a furious final quarter as the Gophers outscored the Patriots 31-28.

Schrader hitting four of seven from the field, coupled with the Gophers sinking 11 of 15 shots from the foul line down the stretch, led to the victory.

"You've got to hit your foul shots at crunch time in the big games," Glen Burnie coach Mike Rudd said.

Mitch Guest, who had 19 points for the winners, hit seven of eight from the foul line in the last 1:19. Delayne Nelson chipped in with 17 points.

Glen Burnie's Aaron Wright's only basket of the night was a desperation heave from behind midcourt that went in as the buzzer sounded to end the third quarter. It gave the Gophers a 45-41 lead going into the final period, as well as the momentum.

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