Webb powers Long Reach

He gets 33 points, 18 rebounds in semifinal

Long Reach 62 Seneca Valley 49

Boys basketball Class 3A

March 10, 2006|By JEFF SEIDEL | JEFF SEIDEL,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLLEGE PARK -- Long Reach forward Darryl Webb came into last night's Class 3A boys basketball state semifinal a little more fired up than usual.

Webb wanted to make up for the fact that foul trouble kept him on the bench for long stretches in three of the team's playoff wins. The 6-foot-5 senior forward did just that and more, finishing with 33 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocks to help No. 9 Long Reach end Seneca Valley's dreams of an unbeaten season with a 62-49 victory at Comcast Center.

Long Reach (25-2) has won 19 straight games and will meet Lackey in the state final here tomorrow at 3 p.m. Lackey beat No. 8 Mervo, 70-56, in the other Class 3A semifinal. This will be Long Reach's second appearance in the state final in school history, the other coming in 1997 when it lost to Edgewood.

Seneca Valley (24-1) had won a variety of close games this season but never found a way to slow Webb.

Webb played a big role in Long Reach's domination inside. The Lightning held a huge 48-19 edge in rebounding - and Webb had a hand in much of it. He also made 15 of 20 shots from the field, most coming from inside 10 feet, where Seneca Valley's multi-guard lineup couldn't match up.

"We knew he was great," Seneca Valley coach Tom Sheahin said. "He was a man tonight, and we didn't have an answer for him."

Webb was the only Long Reach player to score in double figures, getting 16 in the fourth quarter alone as the Lightning slowly took charge. Long Reach had a 36-33 lead after three quarters and stretched it out in the final period.

"He was huge," said Long Reach coach Al Moraz Jr. "He's just a beast inside. We just kept pounding the ball inside to Darryl."

Keith Richardson did a lot of it. The guard had eight points and four assists as the Lightning often ran the same play, with Richardson driving and then passing to Webb - and Seneca Valley couldn't stop it.

"I was just playing hard," Webb said. "I was ... making up for what happened with [the foul trouble]. We were just playing as a team."

Webb helped make up for the team's shooting problems. The other Lightning players went just 10-for-30 from the field. Brian Taylor scored seven and Daevon Wall, the team's second-leading scorer this season, didn't make a basket and had only four points.

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