Owings Mills edges Pikesville for trip to state semifinals

Fields paces Eagles with 15

Panthers' Gilmore scores game-high 25

March 07, 2010|By Jeff Seidel | Special to The Baltimore Sun

Owings Mills wasn't flashy in Saturday's Class 1A North final. The Eagles played tough defense and showed lots of poise on offense late - a combination that earned them their first trip to the state semifinals.

Brandon Fields scored 15 points and helped Owings Mills make a number of timely plays down the stretch as the visiting Eagles held off a late Pikesville rally for a 60-55 victory.

Owings Mills (19-6) advances to the Class 1A state semifinal for the first time since the school opened in 1979. The Eagles will play Snow Hill or Pocomoke at 5 p.m. Friday at Comcast Center in College Park.

The Eagles used different zone defenses - often matching up - in an attempt to slow Pikesville's Devohn Gilmore. He finished with a game-high 25 points, but Owings Mills constantly doubled-teamed and harassed the guard. He rarely found room to run and finished 7-for-22 from the field.

"We weren't going to stop him [completely]," Owings Mills coach Richard Epps said. "But we had to make him work for his baskets."

The Eagles made all the Pikesville players work as the Panthers missed 12 of their first 14 shots and finished the game 33 percent (20-for-60) from the field. Owings Mills often lured Pikesville into the middle and then collapsed, frequently double-teaming the Panthers and always getting a hand in their faces.

"Their defense was critical," Pikesville coach Anthony Dorsey said. "It gave us a lot of problems."

The strong defense became even more critical when Owings Mills used a 13-point run to take an early 22-7 lead. Pikesville (20-4) never found an offensive rhythm until the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to four three times and to three once. But the Eagles always answered.

Fields finished with seven of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and made some great passes. Malcolm Thomas (11 points), Carjahn Jenkins (10), Keylin Ortiz (nine) and Bruce Jones (eight) also helped.

Eric Gershowitz added a clutch 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to stop one Panthers run. The Eagles never lost their cool and will now head to College Park.

"It means a lot," Fields said. "Everyone is excited to go to [the final four]. It's every kid's dream."

O - Smith 2, Fields 15, Gershowitz 5, Thomas 11, Jenkins 10, Jones 8, Ortiz 9. Totals: 20 17-24 60.

P - Weisbaum 6, Jackson 6, Lee 9, Gilmore 25, Timmons 4, Cox 3, McNeil 2. Totals: 20 11-15 55.

Half: O, 33-22.

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