Lansdowne surges to berth for 2A crown

Vikings top S. Hagerstown for win in semifinal, 56-52

State boys basketball

High Schools

March 13, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - David Miner had last been sighted locally in the fall of 2003, quarterbacking South Hagerstown's football team to a 40-point state quarterfinal blowout of Dunbar at Poly.

But last night at the University of Maryland's Comcast Center, the Eastern Shore star failed to thwart another Baltimore-area program.

John Jarboe limited Miner (15 points) to only two points in the second half, Gene Brown and Mike Carter (each with 11 points) stood tall from the perimeter, and 6-foot-5 Barry Cornish (18 points, eight rebounds) overcame a slow start in a 56-52 Class 2A state semifinal victory by No. 15 Lansdowne against the Rebels (22-3) of Washington County.

The victory earned the Vikings (22-4) their second-ever state title game berth against last year's 3A state champion Friendly (24-2), winner of its 18th straight game, 71-60, over last year's 2A state champ James M. Bennett (25-2).

In Miner, the Vikings faced a shooter who averaged 35 points, having scored more than 50 points four times this season.

The 6-2 senior literally signaled his intentions off the opening tipoff. After collecting the ball for a layup and a 2-0 lead, Miner ran past the Lansdowne bench, raised two fingers and mouthed the words "two points."

"I heard him say, `yeah, that's two right there,' " Brown said. "But that didn't mean anything, because you have to play all 32 minutes, baby."

And this time, Lansdowne had his number.

Down, 27-24, at the half, the Vikings scored the first six points of the third quarter. They led, 32-29, after Miner sent Carter to the free-throw line for two with his third foul.

Cornish scored only six points in the first half, but came alive in the second. His layup and subsequent buzzer-beating three-pointer gave Lansdowne a 44-38 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Rebels had used a 14-4 run to go up, 52-48, with 3:27 to play, but Brown's three-pointer and Jarboe's jumper over the out-stretched hands of 6-8 Jesse Gutekunst (16 points, 15 rebounds) had the Vikings ahead 53-52 with 1:40 to play.

A South Hagerstown turnover gave Lansdowne possession with 1:12 remaining, and with 19 seconds left, Cornish sank a pair of free throws.

Miner missed two three-point attempts on South Hagerstown's final possession, after which Brown's free throw with one second left accounted for the final margin.

"It's all teamwork and this feels great," said Cornish, who got help under the basket from 6-6 teammate Chris Gilliam (nine points, eight rebounds). "It was a tough game all the way around, but we couldn't have done it unless it was together."

L-Cornish 18, Jarboe 7, Gilliam 9, Brown 11, Carter 11.Totals 21 7-10 56. SH-G. Johnson 8, Bussard 8, Gutekunst 16, Miner C. Johnson 5, Miner 15. Totals 22 4-5 52. Half: SH, 27-24.

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