Bel Air's defense puts clamps on Fallston, 50-36

Boys basketball

High Schools

February 02, 2005|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

There wasn't much fancy about how Bel Air scored a 50-36 victory over Fallston last night. The visiting Bobcats simply outworked the Cougars from start to finish in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference game.

Bel Air (12-4, 5-3) played a stifling defense that shut down Fallston's offense in its first home game after nine straight road contests. The Bobcats hustled, swarmed around the ball and forced Fallston into a poor shooting performance.

The Cougars missed 24 of 28 in the first half and scored only 10 in the first two periods. Fallston (11-6, 5-3) shot a little better in the second half, making 13 of 59 shots overall, but the Cougars never made a run.

Harford County's top scorer, Phil Vornadore, scored a season-low 13 while making only five of 21 from the field. He didn't score any points until the final minute of the first half.

"The defensive intensity was the difference," Bel Air coach Nate Weigl said. "Swarming actually was the word in the pre-game talk."

Vornadore has been battling a sprained ankle the past two weeks, but Fallston coach Matt Jergensen wouldn't use that as an excuse.

"They really played good defense," Jergensen said. "At times, I think Phil forced things."

Kevin Goines led Bel Air with a game-high 16 points. He scored during a 12-point run that gave the Bobcats a 40-20 lead with 4:25 left. The forward also spent much of his night shutting down Vornadore - who averaged about 25 points and 14 rebounds before the game.

Goines said that Bel Air wanted some revenge for its 68-58 loss to the Cougars last month.

"We had to come out and show that [last time] was a fluke," Goines said.

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