Owings Mills beats Snow Hill, advances to Class 1A title game

Eagles' Malcolm blocks last-second 3-pointer to preserve win

March 12, 2010|By Mike Frainie | Special to The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK — It's usually a fact of life that teams making their first appearance at Comcast Center in the state semifinals are just glad to be there. It's almost always a fun night, and then a long bus ride home.

Somebody forgot to tell Owings Mills.

The Eagles (18-6) used a team-first philosophy on offense and defense, and a timely block by Thomas Malcolm to defeat Worcester County's Snow Hill (24-3), 44-42, and advance to their first state championship.

Owings Mills will face Dunbar at 1 p.m. Saturday for the Class 1A state title.

The win overshadowed an unbelievable effort by Snow Hill's Keith Jackson. The senior scored 34 of his team's 42 points, including all of Snow Hill's points in the first and third quarters. Brandon Fields led Owings Mills with 10 points.

"We're the Cinderella team in Baltimore County, so this role is nothing new for us," said Eagles coach Richard Epps. "We feel like it's us against the world. We just come out and play a hard 32 minutes of basketball and see what happens."

Snow Hill tied the game at 38 with 4:40 left to play, but Owings Mills regained the lead, 40-38, on a Tony Smith jumper with 4:35 left, and extended it to 41-38 when Keylin Ortiz made the front end of a 1-and-1 with 1:27 left.

A 3-pointer by Snow Hill's Ryan Waters cut the lead to 43-42 with 11.2 seconds left, but Isaac Brown made the front end of a 1-and-1 to extend the lead to 44-42 with 9.7 seconds remaining.

Snow Hill had a chance to win the game with 1.6 seconds left, but Waters 3-pointer from the corner was blocked by Malcolm to preserve the win.

"I went up with my hands up, and just jumped as high as I could," Malcolm said "I saw he was wide open, so I moved over because I knew he was the only option left."

Waters, who averaged 20 points per game during the regular season, was an anemic 2-for-15 from 3-point range and finished with eight points.

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